Women Building Better Communities.
Junior League of Chattanooga educates and trains its members to provide effective volunteer service, to research challenging community needs, and to initiate pilot projects or expand services to meet those needs. It provides administrative, financial and volunteer support for projects and facilitates the permanent sponsorship of programs by other community organizations. Junior League is committed to support community projects and grants that address children, health, women, literacy and voluntarism as defined in our position statements.
Our Mission Junior League of Chattanooga, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Our Vision Junior League of Chattanooga: Women as catalysts for lasting community change.
Our Membership Junior League of Chattanooga has nearly 400 members. Our diverse group of women is committed to making a difference in the community where we work and live. We have membership and volunteer service requirements and pay annual dues. We reach out to all women of races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
Our Use of Funds Raised The funds raised through the Designer Showhouse will be used to support Junior League of Chattanooga’s training and community programs. A sample of our current community programs are mini-grants for Hamilton County school teachers and support of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Community Impact of Junior League
Current Community Programming
Kids in the Kitchen
The goal of this program, which is based on a nutritional initiative founded by the Association of the Junior Leagues International and supported by its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and to help combat childhood obesity and its associated health risks. The initiative, which began in Chattanooga in 2006, engages children in the preparation of healthy meals and educates both children and their parents on nutrition and healthy choices.
Mini-Grants For Teachers
Mini-Grants for Teachers is a program designed to provide funding for creative and effective teaching projects to educators in the Hamilton County public school system. JLC remains committed to helping teachers provide exciting, challenging and rewarding learning experiences for their students. Any elementary, middle or high school teacher or team of teachers in the Hamilton County public school system is eligible to apply for a grant and may participate by submitting his or her project ideas to the JLC website. In 2015 we received 187 grant requests. JLC was fortunate to award 21 grants for a total of $14,434.22.
JLC & The Food Bank
Junior League of Chattanooga, as part of its Seeds of Change initiative, partnerer with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in its mission to eliminate hunger and promote better nutrition in our region. Each month, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank provides hundreds of emergency food boxes to local families in need of supplemental nutrition. Every third Thursday of the month, JLC members and their families help the Food Bank prepare 50-pound emergency food boxes for qualifying Hamilton County families.
When students leave school each Friday afternoon, many of them will not receive a nutritious meal until they return to school on Monday. The Food Bank, in partnership with WDSI Fox 61, provides sack packs to area Hamilton County schools filled with macaroni and cheese, granola bars and other items children can eat over the weekend so they can maintain balanced nutrition until they return to school. Junior League of Chattanooga members stuff and prepare the sacks for children every month.
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank has an ongoing need for nutritious pantry staples for their emergency food boxes. Junior League members collect items at each general membership meeting to donate to these efforts. Junior League of Chattanooga is the only organization donating to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on a monthly basis.
Visit www.jlchatt.org for more information on the Junior League of Chattanooga and membership opportunities.