Junior League of Lafayette is committed to providing our community with direct and indirect resources, namely financial contributions and volunteer hours. Each year, Junior League of Lafayette invites other nonprofit organizations to submit grant proposals. The organizations and their programs are selected for grants based on our Mission and focus area of women and children.
2019-2020 Collaborative Opportunity Grant Recipients
Total Awards: $17,000.00
Junior League of Lafayette awarded financial support and our member volunteers to the following organizations for their programs.
United Way of Acadiana – Day of Thanksgiving
Junior League members will collaborate with United Way to purchase, sort, package, and distribute additional groceries for Early Head Start families’ Thanksgiving meal, plus books for parents to read to students during the Thanksgiving break. Often times, these families do not have enough food to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal and rely on local shelters or food banks for their meal. The Day of Thanksgiving will allow these families to have a Thanksgiving meal at home, a meal they would not be able to afford otherwise.
DREAMS Foundation of Acadiana – DREAMS Manufacturing Company
DREAMS Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides activities and opportunities for individuals with special needs. In 2018, DREAMS Manufacturing Company, a meat pie making company, was opened and now employs 21 individuals with disabilities. Junior League of Lafayette will purchase the ingredients to make the meat pies for a week, and Junior League of Lafayette volunteers will assist DREAMS Manufacturing Company in making the pies during the week.
Miles Perret Cancer Services – Giving Tree
Junior League of Lafayette will assist with Miles Perret Services Giving Tree, an annual gift-giving program that offers help, comfort and making the holidays a little bit brighter for local families fighting, surviving and living with cancer. 42 “Milesy” ornaments (42 gifts) will be purchased and wrapped for children of the Miles Perret Cancer Services families.
Second Harvest Food Bank – Scott Middle School Pantry Program
Junior League of Lafayette will collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank got provide healthy foods and simple, kid-friendly recipes to approximately 100 students and their siblings to prepare while parents are at work during the Mardi Gras holiday.
New Hope Community Development of Acadiana – Spring Party
Junior League of Lafayette will assist with facilitating the New Hope Springs Store and Spring Party for students who participate in the after-school tutoring program. These students earn New Hope Dollars by doing all their homework, doing extra work and exercising self-discipline. During the New Hope Spring Store, students purchase gifts for their family, teachers and friends, along with a special gift for themselves. Volunteers will assist with purchasing items for the store and serving as shopping assistants, as well as planning games and purchasing food for the Spring Party.
Catholic Charities of Acadiana – Housekeeping Starter Kits
Junior League of Lafayette will purchase items for a total of 125 housekeeping starter kits: mop, mop bucket, broom, dustpan, small trash bin, laundry basket, toilet brush, dusters, trash bags, etc. plus, an inspirational card. These starter kits will be given to residents at Emily House to maintain the cleanliness of their space during their stay at Emily House and will go with them when they move into permanent housing.
Healing House – “Celebration of Life”
Junior League of Lafayette will collaborate with Healing House to host an event inspired by the Mexican celebration of the dead. Healing House families will be invited to spend a night celebrating and paying tribute to their deceased loved one with each family bringing their loved one’s favorite dish as a potluck supper and doing remembrance activities such as decorating a picture Fram to hold their loved one’s picture, working together as a family to create a memory book about their loved ones and lighting candles for an end of the night prayer service. This project will allow families to work together in remembering their loved one while processing the loss.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church – IHM Career Connections
Junior League of Lafayette will assist Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with their Immaculate Heart of Mary Career Connections events in October, January and April Immaculate Heart of Mary Career Connections project is committed to developing and educating our disenfranchised members of the community. These events aim to empower youth, especially female youth, between the aged of 12 and 19 years of age, with extreme knowledge of various careers, the education and training needed for those careers, as well as providing job shadowing and mentoring opportunities.
Basin Arts – Student Dance Showcase
Junior League of Lafayette will assist Basin Arts with their Student Dance Showcase a free opportunity for local dancers ages 5-18 years old, combined with dance classes and workshops for students, teachers and parents. Junior League of Lafayette members will help with logistics in planning the event and volunteer the day of the event, This project provides a free community performance that connects children through the art of dance, shares divers dance styles. fosters camaraderie among local dancers, and exposes the physical and mental health benefits of dance for all ages.
Autism Society Acadiana – Lending Library Expansion
Junior League of Lafayette will purchase new books for the library as well as library software to help keep track and make books searchable for check out. Volunteers will help apply barcodes to the new and existing inventory and organize them into categories. In Lafayette Parish, Autism Society Acadiana serves over 570 families and individuals touched by autism, as well as professionals who work with people on the spectrum. The Lending Library Expansion will provide more resources for parents, caregivers, professionals and people living with autism.
Hearts of Hope – Counseling Area Improvement Project
Junior League of Lafayette will partner with Hearts of Hope in improving the counseling room to provide a more comfortable and calming space in which sexual assault survivors can feel safe to address their trauma. Hearts of Hope provides trauma-informed group counseling services to adult and child survivors of sexual abuse as well as to the caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
Foster the Love Louisiana – First Nights Program
Junior League of Lafayette will purchase and assemble 16 bags for the First Nights Program. This progam provides support for children entering foster care and to the families that take them in. The bags are age and gender appropriate and are filled with clothing and hygiene essentials. Foster the Love Louisiana’s goal this year is 900 bags each costing approximately $50 to assemble. Completed bags are presented to the DCFS office for distribution.
The Clearport Learning Center – Girl’s Night
Junior League of Lafayette will assist The Clearport Learning Center’s mentoring program in putting their Girls Night in March. The program provides the students with a mentor who visits the center monthly to spend time with the girls and hold small group discussions about responsibility goal-setting and other life skills. Girls Night provides a meal as the students gather with invited female community members to discuss topics that have been previously submitted by the students. Afterwards, students enjoy fellowship through planned activities and arts and crafts.