Through the Community Partners Project, the Junior League of Abilene, in collaboration with Community Partners and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS), assists in the provision of tangible resources and volunteer services for abused and neglected children and their families. This last 2016-2017 year, the Junior League of Abilene has assisted Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Child Welfare Board in the following events and programs:
The Adopt-A-Caseworker program matches CPS caseworkers with community groups to provide goods and services to meet the needs of abused and neglected children and their families. The League adopts four caseworkers each year, providing much-needed funding to meet the needs of families served by these caseworkers.
The Bluebonnet Room is a resource for all caseworkers to access in order to meet the physical needs of families. The League provides funding and volunteers to purchase, stock and organize the newly digitized inventory. Last year, the Junior League of Abilene donated $6,000 to stock the inventory of the Bluebonnet Room, which is one of the first places these kids are taken to after being removed from their home. In 2016-2017 alone, 1,648 CPS kiddos were served through the Bluebonnet Room. CPS maintains an inventory of formula, diapers, clothing, cleaning supplies, toys, beds, and other necessities that caseworkers can distribute to the children they serve.
Painting With A Purpose
Painting With A Purpose was the 2016-2017 Provisional Class’ annual community project. The event benefited the Taylor County Child Welfare Board and Abilene Community Partners’ mission to refurbish Visitation Rooms at Child Protective Services that hadn’t been renovated in over two decades and we are very proud of our newest class picking such an amazing project to be involved with! Fifty percent of all ticket proceeds went towards toward renovation expenses and costs. In keeping with the theme of the Bluebonnet Room, participants painted bluebonnets at the event, which some participants donated to be hung in the visitation rooms to brighten up someone else’s day.
Miracle On Vine Street
Every November through early December, the Junior League of Abilene participates in Miracle On Vine Street a program that provides Christmas gifts to children in the CPS and foster care system here in Abilene. This last December (2016), we were able to provide 296 children with Christmas gifts.