Collaborative Opportunity Grants

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.

View 2019-2020 Collaborative Opportunity Grants Application information.

2018-2019 Collaborative Opportunity Grant Recipients
Total Awards: $16,981.74

Junior League of Lafayette awarded financial support and our member volunteers to the following organizations for their programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana: A Celebration of SMART Girls
$1,500 was awarded, 4 volunteers
Junior League members will help host a celebration to mark completion of the SMART Girls program which provides 30 young girls ages 8-14 with female role models who will encourage them to see the many possibilities available to them in life. The program provides participants with the opportunity to partake in small group sessions, group activities, field trips and various guest speakers while helping them to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, receiving satisfactory health care and developing positive relationships.

CASA of South Louisiana: Spooktacular Halloween Party
$1,500 was awarded, 5 volunteers
Junior League volunteers will purchase 50 suitcases and help to create Comfort Kits which consist of a suitcase, blanket, book, stuffed animal, and journal. These kits allow foster children to have something of their own when they are removed from their home and moved to foster care. Foster children often must place their belongings in large plastic garbage bags when they are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Providing these children with Comfort Kits will help to make the process a littler smoother for them, and give a safe place for those personal, cherished items to help maintain an important sense of self.

Children’s Museum of Acadiana: Sensory Sea Exhibit
$1,499.97 was awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League members will convert the current, outdated Bank Exhibit to a Sensory Sea Exhibit which will offer museum guests quality sensory-based experiences with an ocean theme. This exhibit will help to establish the right mix of offerings to allow the Children’s Museum of Acadiana to offer children with special needs – such as those on the autism spectrum, those with sensory processing challenges, children in foster case or other exceptional children – private and complimentary play at the Museum either before or after regular hours.

FoodNet Food Bank: Children’s Healthy Snacks Project
$1,200.00 was awarded, 7 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will purchase items and pack approximately 400 bags with healthy snacks for families who receive supplemental food bags from one of the food distribution pantries served by the food bank. These families do not have access to healthy snacks for their children otherwise.

Foster Friends | Annual Christmas Party
$1,500.00 was awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will host a Christmas Party for foster children in the Acadiana area who have been released for adoption. This party allows foster children to experience the joys of Christmas and gives them the opportunity to forget about the current circumstances in their lives for a few hours. Funds will be used to purchase gifts from wish lists created by the foster children to allow them to receive gifts from Santa.

Outreach Center for Women and Children: Comfort Project for a Cozier Stay
$1,500.00 was awarded, 5 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will purchase comforters, sheets, pillows and bath towels to replace the current, outdated items in the 28-bed Lighthouse homeless shelter for women and children. Once items are purchased, Junior League members will visit the shelter to assist with putting comforters and new linens on each of the beds. This project will provide the women and children who stay in the shelter a more comfortable stay during a difficult time in their lives.

Acadiana Autism Society: Stress-Reducing Backpacks
$1,481.77 awarded, 5 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will purchase, assemble and distribute backpacks to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These backpacks will contain items that provide ways to reduce stress in certain situations along with a book for caregivers providing information about sensory disorders. These backpacks will give the opportunity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be included in more aspects of society.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana: Spooktacular Halloween Party
$800.00 awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will host the annual Spooktacular Halloween Party in Girard Park. Children who are currently matched with a Big Brother/Sister, along with those on the waiting list, will be invited to the party which will consist of pumpkin painting, a costume contest, pizza, hot dogs, drinks and lots of fun. This party helps Bigs with needed relationship building and establishing the trust factor with their Little, which in turn helps the longevity of their matches.

Catholic Services of Acadiana: Easter Egg Hunt
$1,500.00 awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will host an Easter Egg Hunt for women and children at Emily House. Volunteers will assist with purchasing small appliances as prizes for an adult BINGO game, facilitating the BINGO game and providing games for the children. This project will provide the mothers at Emily House a break while their children are entertained, allow for all residents to have a fun and relaxing day, and give the mothers a chance to obtain small appliances they will need when they transition into permanent housing.

Maddie’s Footprints: Care Package Project
$1,500.00 awarded, 4 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will purchase items and assemble 75 care packages to families who have experienced miscarriages, still births or the loss of an infant up to one year in age. The packages contain a book, bookmark and charm, journal and information about Maddie’s Footprints. They are delivered to families soon after the loss occurs to further support and comfort them as well as provide them materials to introduce them to the organization. Maddie’s Footprints then helps to lead these families in the right direction when they are in need of information, support, and/or counseling along with offering financial assistance for end-of-life expenses and/or medical expenses that can be overwhelming during their difficult time.

New Hope Community Development of Acadiana: New Hope Christmas Store
$1,500.00 awarded, 5 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will assist with facilitating store 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 Christmas Store, students can spend their New Hope Dollars and are encouraged to buy generous gifts for their parents, siblings and teachers along with special gifts for themselves. Volunteers will assist in purchasing items for the store, along with serving as shopping assistants to help students shop and Christmas wrappers to help students wrap their generous gift.

The Merle F. and Herbert Hanna Foundation/The Clearport Learning Center: Girl’s Night
$1,500.00 awarded, 6 volunteers
Junior League of Lafayette members will assist the mentoring program with their Girl’s Night twice during the year. The Girl’s Night will consist of a meal and other activities with female community members who will discuss topics that have been previously submitted by students. The goal of the night is to provide the female students with encouragement and empowerment as they develop into adults.