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 commemorated 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 was 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 participated in service opportunities that aligned with and supported our mission to improve the health, education, and welfare of women and children.
Some of the community partners that collaborated 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 supported a number of community programs and engaged 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 provided nearly eight hundred hours of service by Leaguers and our community partners.
The Junior League of High Point partnered with the High Point Hartley Drive Family YMCA to support the first ever Toy Drive in conjunction with the 5 Before the Feast event that occurs on Thanksgiving Day. League Members served as volunteers during the Fun Run and 5K, in addition to collecting toys. All donated toys were distributed amongst children from giving trees at all three High Point YMCA locations. More than 150 toys were collected!
What a wonderful opportunity to make the holiday season brighter for children in need right here in our community.
In 2018, Junior League of High Point members donated, assemble and deliver over 300 baby care packages to the Baby Basics Closet at the High Point YWCA. These packages are filled with important necessities such as baby wipes, diaper rash cream, baby soap, lotion and more. The YWCA Baby Basics Closet is part of the YWCA's Women Resource Center which supports women and families by providing a range of services to meet their needs and help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
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.
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. The Crock-Pot Cooking Class is an educational workshop that includes a tutorial on healthy eating, focused specifically on the nutritional needs of women and children. League members demonstrate how to use a Crock-Pot to provide affordable, nutritious and hearty meals for a family. This class provides all participants with their own Crock-Pot, a healthy recipe book, and several ingredients and kitchen tools.
Dinner with the League provides our members with the opportunity to prepare and share a hearty, home-cooked meal for homeless women in our community. 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, in addition to the Salvation Army's Center of Hope Family Shelter.