Every summer, the Junior League of Abilene takes a summer break from general membership meetings – don’t worry, we’ll be back in September! But, just because our monthly meetings are over for a few months doesn’t mean our members aren’t out working in the community! Take a look below at some of the community projects the Junior League of Abilene has in store for this summer!
Nothing Junior About This League!
Region 2 Community Partners Coordinator (and New Community Advisory Board Member), Brittany Wade, wrote an article on JLA’s impact and coordination efforts on the Taylor County Bluebonnet Room and shared it state-wide with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)! Check out what she said below:
“After the Taylor County Bluebonnet Room in Region 2 received a $4,500 donation from the Junior League of Abilene, the Taylor County Child Welfare Board held a roundtable with CPS caseworkers to get their input about what items they would like to see purchased. Then, on Saturday, March 19 the Board purchased those supplies at a local Kmart with the help of volunteers from Abilene Christian High. And then, finally, the Junior League dropped by the Bluebonnet Room to organize the items on Saturday, April 2. Talk about a team effort!”
Provisional Project – Painting With A Purpose!
This year, our 2016-2017 Provisional Class' annual community project benefits the Taylor County Child Welfare Board and Abilene Community Partners’ mission to refurbish the Visitation Rooms at CPS in Abilene. The visitation rooms haven't been renovated in over two decades.
We had an amazing turnout with almost ALL of the tickets sold out! Some of our amazing members also donated their own bluebonnet paintings and $465 in donations were raised! A huge thank you goes out to Painting With A Twist who donated a large giraffe painting! Continuing their Provisional Class Project for the year, they will be helping CPS renovate and re-paint their visitation rooms this September. We are so proud of our Provisional Class for unanimously picking such a great project to get involved with and we can’t wait to see them grow into generous and compassionate leaders, as they become full members!
Missed the Provisional Tea held each April? No fear, we’re still accepting applications! Visit our Provisional Page for more information!
The Junior League of Abilene was named The Top Hand of the Year Award from the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards for our ability to help the foster children in our area.
We were additionally honored to be the Business of the Year by the The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council’s Abilene Art Awards are given out each year to deserving volunteers from local art and cultural groups. The Junior League of Abilene was named the 2015 Outstanding Business Award for its “tremendous support of the arts in Abilene.” The Junior League has helped launch art programs in Abilene and partners annually with the ACAC for the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival. The group supports CALF with grants and volunteers. This year, Junior League members helped with the various art activities at the dramatic readings done during the festival. The Abilene Reporter News reported on the event here.
Our 60th Anniversary may be over, but we intend to celebrate all year long! Check back to our site each month to see what’s new with the Junior League of Abilene.
In 1956, the Junior League of Abilene became a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), which began its “official” inception in Abilene. The League started out as the Abilene Junior Service League in 1948 and changed its name to the Junior League of Abilene in 1953.