The Junior League of Memphis (JLM) has started, coordinated, or contributed to many of Memphis’ most notable nonprofit organizations. The number of community programs the JLM has been involved in over the years totals in the hundreds. We support a variety of needs, many of which are helping to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods. This year, JLM volunteers will volunteer more than 30,000 hours to the Memphis community. We are excited to announce our 2020 – 2021 Junior League of Memphis Community Programs:
- Baptist: Camp Good Grief
- Carpenter Art Garden: Kids for Community
- Habitat for Humanity: Hands on with Habitat
- Memphis Athletic Ministries: Ladies Lounge
- Memphis Tilth: Community Gardens
- Refugee Empowerment Program: Adult Acclimation
- REACH Memphis: Teen Mentoring
- Hagar Center
- Longstreet Women’s Empowerment
- Community Assistance Fund
- G.R.O.W. Binghampton
- G.R.O.W. Pre-K Readiness
- Kids in the Kitchen
- Extra Hands
- Innovative Teaching Grants
- JLM Voluntarism Scholarship
2020 – 2021 Junior League of Memphis Community Programs:
Baptist: Camp Good Grief
The Junior League of Memphis has been involved with Camp Good Grief for many years and we’re excited to participate again. Volunteers assist the Baptist Kemmons Wilson Center for Good Grief in completing prep work before camp, undergo grief training prior to camp and then attend a three-day summer camp in June 2021 to assist children who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other loved one.
Carpenter Art Garden: Kids for Community
JLM volunteers meet in the Binghampton community at Carpenter Art Garden to plan and execute service projects with the kids. Project examples from this past year include pencil bouquets for teachers, making fleece blankets for the homeless and goody bags and cards for the local firemen and policemen. Most months, the children have also interacted in some way with the beneficiaries of their projects. These projects promote the kids’ creativity while instilling in them the goodness and power of giving back to their neighborhood.
Habitat for Humanity: Hands on with Habitat
In this outdoor, hands-on program, JLM volunteers assist in the completion of a home build during the fall. In the spring, volunteers will work amongst their JLM team on smaller revitalization projects requested by Habitat. Throughout the year, JLM volunteers also have the opportunity to meet at the Habitat ReStore to re-purpose “unsellable items” into “sellable items.”
Memphis Athletic Ministries: Ladies Lounge
JLM volunteers plan fun activities and educational demonstrations to assist young girls, ages second to fifth grade, in the Highland Heights neighborhood and surrounding areas. The goal of our volunteers is to provide a positive influence on these young women in a safe and fun environment.
Memphis Tilth: Community Gardens
JLM volunteers work as a team, alongside members of the community to expand community gardens. Members plant, harvest and assemble raised beds, greenhouses and compost tumblers in various community gardens around the city.
Refugee Empowerment Program: Adult Acclimation
JLM volunteers will empower and educate adult refugees by teaching English as a second language, pre-GED classes, as well as basic math and citizenship preparedness. For adult refugees, learning English is one of the most important steps they must take upon arriving in the U.S. JLM volunteers work in small groups and directly interact with the refugees while helping with the provided ESL curriculum. This program serves as a full-circle movement for the Junior League, as the organization was originally founded with the idea of improving conditions for immigrants arriving in New York City in the early 1900s.
REACH Memphis: Teen Mentoring
JLM volunteers will work with a group of sophomore and junior high school students enrolled in the REACH Memphis Scholars to either help prepare sophomores for their first summer experience with REACH Memphis or assist with college prep group mentoring programs for juniors after they have completed their summer experience. Topics will be driven by JLM mentors and will include topics such as essay writing, tips on traveling alone, cultural diversity, budgeting, living with a roommate, summer program expectations, time management, social activities or other activities as agreed upon by the group.
The Hagar Center
The Junior League of Memphis is excited to start a new program in 2020-2021 with The Hagar Center in Uptown area of Memphis. The goal of this program is to help create good parents, and good citizens, who will teach their children basic life skills that includes respecting their community. JLM volunteers will provide support for the existing Saturday program led by The Hagar Center.
Longstreet Women’s Empowerment
The Junior League of Memphis is excited to start a new program in 2020-2021 with Longstreet United Methodist Church in Whitehaven area of Memphis. Longstreet and the JLM volunteers will collaborate in developing a program for empower participants in becoming conscious of their potential. A parenting curriculum, along with league resources and expertise, will be used to develop this program.
Community Assistance Fund
The JLM sets aside funds for grants to nonprofit organizations that are deemed to have a significant positive impact on the community, but would not meet the requirements to be one of our community programs. Click here for more info or to apply.
JLM volunteers organize weekly events for parents and children from the Binghampton neighborhood then serve a meal to the whole family. Planning includes programming for parents and three different ages of children and teens. An example of a G.R.O.W. Binghampton night might include an education session on financial literacy for parents, Kids in the Kitchen teaching teens to make a healthy meal, a paint class for 6-12 year-olds and a book with a craft for younger children. Some events are “family nights” which allow participants a community experiences such as performances from Ballet Memphis or STAX Academy Music Program.
G.R.O.W. Pre-K Readiness
JLM volunteers will partner with the pre-K and kindergarten teachers at Brewster Elementary School to choose books that go along with their current curriculum. JLM volunteers read to students then work one-on-one with the students to bring the book to life with a craft. The time invested by a JLM mentor prepare these young students for kindergarten and beyond.
Kids in the Kitchen
This JLM initiative partners with both JLM and non-JLM community programs to plan curriculum and bring nutrition education to children. Volunteers allow local children to experience healthy snack/meal options in an interactive fashion. Examples of programing include assisting with the Culinary Medicine program at Church Health, teaching teens at G.R.O.W. Binghampton to make healthy meals or interacting with children at MAM to expose them to unique fruits & vegetables.
JLM volunteers lend a hand in the community with any extra help needs for special events such as silent auctions, 5K runs, benefits and nonprofit events. Volunteers demonstrate the Junior League of Memphis’ commitment to the community and act as the face for the JLM through numerous evening and weekend volunteer opportunities. Extra Hands allows the JLM to participate with a variety of nonprofit organizations in our community. Are you in need of Extra Hands? Click here for more info or to apply.
Innovative Teaching Grants
Through the Innovative Teaching Grants application, teachers apply for grants from the JLM, which will enable them to implement original and creative learning experiences beyond the basic curriculum in school budgets. This volunteer team updates the application as needed, reviews applications, selects the teacher recipients and tracks how funds are used in the classroom. Click here for more info or to apply.
JLM Voluntarism Scholarship
JLM volunteers on the Scholarship Committee serve as mentors throughout the school year for JLM scholarship recipients from the previous year. These mentees are female, first-generation college students attending a local college. Volunteers will meet with recipients both as a group and one-on-one for regular mentoring. In the spring, JLM members select three (3) high school senior scholarship recipients by advertising and promoting the application to current high school students, collecting applications and reviewing applications with JLM leadership. Stay tuned for next year’s scholarship application.