Community Partnerships and Projects

The Junior League of Memphis has started, coordinated, or contributed to many of Memphis’ most worthwhile organizations. The number of community projects the Junior League of Memphis has been involved in over the years totals in the hundreds. We support a variety of needs, primarily those that benefit women and children in need. This year, JLM volunteers will volunteer more than 30,000 hours to the Memphis community.  We are excited to announce our 2016-2017 Junior League of Memphis Community Projects:

1. Binghampton Christian Academy Residential Tutoring Program

2. Camp Good Grief

3. First Works at The Corners, Parent Program

4. First Works at The Corners, Tutoring Program

5. GrowMemphis Community Garden Expansion

6. Impact America: Save First

7. Memphis Athletic Ministries S.L.A.M. (Serving, Learning, and Mentoring)

8. Su Casa

9. Community Assistance Fund
1. G.R.O.W. Binghampton Thursday Night Supper Club

2. G.R.O.W. Binghampton Pre-K Reading and Readiness

3. G.R.O.W. Berclair

4. Neighborhood Impact Committee

5. Kids in the Kitchen

6. Extra Hands

7. Innovative Teaching Grants

8. JLM Voluntarism Scholarship


2016-2017 Junior League of Memphis Community Projects:

Kids in the Kitchen
Partners with various community groups to bring nutrition education to children and allow these children to experience healthy snack/meal options in an interactive fashion. They work as a team to teach health education and fundamentals of healthy living while serving as role models to school age children.

Memphis Athletic Ministries – S.L.A.M. (Serving, Learning and Mentoring)
Volunteers will plan fun activities and educational demonstrations to assist disadvantaged urban youth in making positive life changes. Many of these children come from single parent homes and are often responsible for taking care of themselves, so if they can play in a safe environment after school, it lightens their load and brightens their day.

The Binghampton Christian School – Residential Tutoring Program
While the primary focus of the volunteers is to provide tutoring to the residential students, the program also builds mentoring relationships and stability to help the student progress academically, emotionally and physically.

Tennessee Advocacy for Public Awareness (TAPA)
A volunteer coordinates the TAPA community effort (currently Internet Predator Project) for the Junior League of Memphis, the JLM’s roll in the “Day on the Hill”, and educates the Board of Directors on any issues coming before the School Board, City Council, County Commission, State Legislature, etc. which will affect the business or projects of the JLM.

The Corners of Highland Heights – First Works at the Corners
Volunteers will assist in the classrooms and interact with children during the evening meal. Monthly programming will allow volunteers to gain leadership skills. One on one tutoring and homework help with the help with the same children each week provide way to really make a difference in the lives of the participants.

The Neighborhood Impact Committee
This committee is tasked with organizing special events in our three target neighborhoods: Binghampton, Berclair, & Highland Heights. They work as a team to provide fun and creative entertainment for families as well as reaching out to community leaders in these neighborhoods to determine how we can best serve the residents..

Baptist Trinity Hospice – Camp Good Grief
Volunteers will do pre-camp work and then attend a three day camp in July to assist children who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other loved one.

Extra Hands
Volunteers lend a hand in community and help with many activities including silent auctions, 5K runs, various benefits and events. Through the numerous opportunities, volunteers demonstrate the JLM’s commitment to the community.

G.R.O.W. – A Junior League Memphis Initiative

  • Pre-K Readiness – Volunteers will partner with the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers at Brewster Elementary School to choose books and crafts that go along with their current curriculum and work one-on-one with the students to prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Thursday Supper Club – Volunteers serve weekly meals and hold classes for parents and their children. These classes are collaborations with our local community partners and focus on such topics as financial literacy, discipline, education, advocacy, job skills, fire safety, cooking and in a very hands-on atmosphere.

G.R.O.W. Berclair
Volunteers will host a biweekly dinner, where kids of all ages will be engaged in an age-appropriate activity, while their parents attend a 45-minute program. Following the program and activities, the volunteers will assist with serving a meal to the attendees.

GROWMemphis – Community Garden Expansion
Volunteers will work alongside members of the community, as well as the GrowMemphis Garden Program Director, interns and organization staff, to expand community gardens throughout Memphis.

Innovative Teaching Grants
The project is designed to improve the quality of life for children by encouraging and supporting excellence in teaching. Teachers apply for grants which will enable them to implement original and creative learning experiences beyond the basic curriculum in school budgets. JLM volunteers review applications, select the recipients and track how funds were used in the classroom.
Click here to fill out an application. The deadline for Innovative Teaching Grants has been extended to Friday, October 14, 2016. We are also accepting applications from previous grantees. New applicants and new projects will receive priority points.