Junior League of San Angelo Dedicated to Creating Young Readers in The Concho Valley
SAN ANGELO, TX –The Junior League of San Angelo is a local organization that has been a staple in this city since the league was established in 1946. They work hard to recognize the unmet needs in the community and create projects to address them.
The Junior League of San Angelo is committed to developing a culture of volunteerism in the community. Through their work with local families and organizations, they are dedicated to creating a real impact in the city of San Angelo. Members of the Junior League are able to help hundreds of children every year through programs and initiatives. They also work diligently to instruct their members how to be effective volunteers and make a real impact in their community.
According to their mission statement, Junior League of San Angelo is an organization of women committed to developing volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through effective action, leadership, and trained volunteers.”
Currently they host three main programs that are designed to address different needs in the city and surrounding areas.
With their Student Closet program, the league is able to provide children and teenagers in the community access to new clothes. Having the appropriate and necessary clothing helps children to feel confident in school and allows them to concentrate on their studies.
By working with local schools and community partners, the league is able to identify kids who are in need of new clothing items. Most of the requests occur before the school year begins or during the winter months as temperatures begin to drop and kids need adequate outerwear. Since September of this year, over 500 kids of all ages have received items; bringing them closer to achieve their goal of helping 675 children this year.
Like every year the league partnered with the West Texas Boys Ranch at their annual back to school bash. With the assistance of Student Closet, every child at the ranch received a new pair of shoes and clothes. “Small things like [these] make a big impact in the community,” says Maggie Daniel, Communication Chair.
For those who wish to make a request can do so by filling out an online form that can be found on the following link.
Through the Done-in-a-Day program, volunteers assist local organizations with small projects throughout the entire year. By providing volunteers to these organizations league members can help them in the completion of smaller endeavors that do not a long-term commitment from volunteers. Done-in-a-Day volunteers often provide their time and effort to help local soup kitchens and other organizations.
One of the league’s most prominent projects is their work in the Children’s Literacy Project. According to statistics, nearly 25 percent of Tom Green County is illiterate. The Junior League believes one of the most effective ways to combat this issue is fermenting the love of reading in young children and increasing access to books.
This year the junior league participated for the first time in the annual Christmas Parade Sat. Dec. 7. As they greeted families lined along the streets of San Angelo league members handed out bookmarks that provide parents with tips on how to encourage their young kids to become interested in reading. The league has exciting new projects and collaborations coming up this year and will be announcing them periodically.
In order to continue their work in the community, the Junior League hosts an annual fundraiser. This year’s event is a Western Dance on January 25th. The event will be held at The Cactus Hotel and will feature the musical talents of Matt Caldwell.
The event will feature food from The Pit Barbeque, a live and silent auction, a casino room and drinks. An after party with Matt Caldwell will be held at the House of Fifi Dubois. Tickets for the event will be $65 per person and can be purchased at the following link.
Those interested in joining the league or learning more about the work they carry out visit them at www.sajuniorleague.com. Membership is open from March to May and applicants must be 23 or older to join.
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