The Junior League of High Point, Inc. is striving to address issues with critical needs in our community that fall within the emphasis of positively impacting the lives of children and women. Our initiatives address unmet needs, yet do not take away from existing community efforts, other JLHP placements, and opportunities. Each project provides initial and ongoing training to our members as well as high-quality service to its community partners.
We are currently steering our community impact efforts to focus on hunger and women's health and wellness issues. Many people aren't aware that our community has been ranked number one in the nation for food hardship. In fact, there are seven food deserts in the High Point area making it difficult for our neighbors to secure food. As a women's organization we strive to aid women in getting back on their feet and building healthy lives.
In the 2018-2019 League year our Actives will embrace our mission to support women and children in the community through the creation of partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.
The theme for the 2018-2019 League year is, “Celebrating Our Past - Inspiring Our Future” and as an organization we will commemorate our 90th anniversary year by giving back to our community in a big way. The Junior League of High Point’s 90 Hours for 90 Years Volunteer-a-thon is a service project designed to honor the League’s ninety year legacy of service to High Point with ninety consecutive hours of signature projects and partnerships to aid and assist our community. Starting Thursday, November 8th and continuing through Monday, November 12th, members of the Junior League will participate in service opportunities that align with and support our mission to improve the health, education, and welfare of women and children.
Some of the community partners who have already committed to collaborating with the Junior League of High Point by participating in our 90 Hours for 90 Years Volunteer-a-thon include: the American Red Cross, the High Point Public Library, the YWCA, Girl Scouts of the Piedmont, GoFar, High Point Theatre, and Project Linus.
Taken as a whole, the Junior League of High Point’s 90 Hours for 90 Years Volunteer-a-thon will support of a number of community programs and engage not just the three hundred or so members of the Junior League, but countless others in our community. As a (conservative) estimate, across the ninety hours, we expect to provide nearly five hundred hours of service by Leaguers and our community partners.
What can we do together in the fight against childhood obesity? Let’s start by involving kids in a hands-on environment that actually focuses on preparing healthy foods. The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks.
In the 2018-2019 League year, the Junior League of High Point, Inc. will partner with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of High Point and the Millis Regional Educational Center to host a program for local schoolchildren aimed at healthy eating and living. This workshop educates children on nutrition and helps them make healthy meal decisions. We will discuss using produce from community gardens to add nutritional value to their meals, as well as focus on the role of exercise in optimal physical and mental health.
The Triad Holiday Food Drive, sponsored by FOX8 and Old Dominion Freight Line, provide The Salvation Army with food to help feed local families in need. Over 7 million cans of food have been collected since 1987. This is the largest and most important food collection event of the year for the Salvation Army. Last year, over 20,000 people were served.
The Junior League of High Point is participating in the Triad Holiday Food Drive as a donation center. Our members will be bringing food items to Membership Meetings, and our Headquarters, the Briles House, is an open drop-off location for the public.
Food Donation Drop-Off Hours: M-F, 9am-1pm
Our crock-pot cooking class is an educational workshop that includes a tutorial on healthy eating focused on the nutritional needs of women and children. This class provides all participants with both a crock-pot and a recipe book. We have partnered with the YWCA's Adolescent Parenting program to provide young mothers with nutritional information and cooking resources to allow them to better feed themselves and their families.
Dinner with the League provides our members with the opportunity to prepare and share a hearty, home-cooked meal for homeless women. The dinner is designed to provide nourishment and encouragement for the ladies who reside at local shelters as they work to put their lives back on track. Participants also receive care packages filled with clothing, toiletries, and other basic necessities. In past years the Junior League of High Point has partnered with Family Service of the Piedmont to prepare and serve meals at their Family Services shelter and West End Ministries' Leslie's House.