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.
COLLABORATIVE DAY PROJECTS
Healing House / Coping Kits ($1,500)
Junior League of Lafayette will collaborate with Healing House to create coping kits for children who have experienced the recent death of someone significant in their lives. The kits include art supplies, grief journals, and a book on grief to help the child process their loss and remember to take care of themselves during this difficult time.
The RescYOU Group / Bereavement Boxes ($1,500)
Junior League of Lafayette will purchase supplies for bereavement boxes that are given to families that lose a child aged 1 to 17, or 18 if still in high school. Their number one goal is to support those who have lost a child, while also raising awareness for all families to lessen the number of preventable child deaths.
Habitat for Humanity / Women Build 2023 ($1,500)
Junior League of Lafayette will help with the construction of a home. Grant funds will go toward purchasing materials for the Women Build home. Habitat will coordinate a build day specifically for JLL volunteers to work on the home and meet the future homeowner. The Women Build initiative provides a hands-on opportunity for women to confront the challenges of affordable housing in Acadiana.
Miles Perret Cancer Services / Treatment Care Kits ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will purchase the supplies and assist with assembling and labeling care kits to help clients minimize skin and oral side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Cancer patients in treatment often experience side effects like mouth sores, dry skin, and dehydration. Grant funds would go toward purchasing supplies.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana / Pantry ($1,500)
Junior League of Lafayette will provide a snack pantry for club members at the two Lafayette clubs, the Granberry and Jackie units. While at the club, the volunteers will set up and distribute snacks and educate club members about Junior League of Lafayette and its Mission.
New Hope / Spring Party ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will assist with facilitating the New Hope Spring Store and Spring Party for students who participate in the after-school tutoring program. Volunteers will assist with purchasing items for the store and serve as shopping assistants, as well as planning games and purchasing food for the Spring Party.
COLLABORATIVE NIGHT PROJECTS
Aylee’s Angels / Keepsake Bags ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will assist with the growth of Aylee’s Angels’ mission by purchasing supplies for keepsakes and bags that are given to families during their times of grief and bereavement.
Girl Scouts / Starlight Safari ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will help with purchasing an all-day access for Girl Scouts to Zoosiana, including activities for the girls to learn about the animals of the zoo and their care, meals, and habitats. Volunteers will assist with checking in members, guiding tours, and assisting with evening activities.
Girls on the Run / Girls on the Run 5K ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will fund activities for the 5K including purchasing and preparing bandana kits. These bandanas will be decorated with positive affirmations to encourage the participants. Junior League of Lafayette will also purchase fresh fruits and refreshments for pre- and post-race activities and a portable speaker. The volunteers will also serve food at the end of the event.
The Clearport Learning Center / Girl’s Night ($2,000)
Junior League of Lafayette will assist The Clearport Learning Center with their Girl’s Night mentoring program in October and March. Girl’s 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 will enjoy fellowship through planned activities and arts and crafts.
Catholic Charities of Acadiana / Family Fun Night Packages ($1,765.14)
Junior League of Lafayette will assist with assembling Family Fun Night packages for families in Catholic Charities’ emergency homeless shelter. These packages will give families experiencing homelessness some activities to do together in their rooms that will result in positive experiences while in the shelter.