Making an Impact in our Community

 

It’s hard to believe the first half of the League year is coming to a close! With the help of our League members and sponsors, the Community Council has already been able to accomplish so much. The Community Council represents several committees; which include, Boys and Girls Club Educational Enrichment Committee, Done in a Day, Kids’ Boutique, Girls on the Run, Operation Prom Dress and our Community Advisory Committee. We are proud to report that with a combined effort we have been able to reach over 1,000 children with over 2,100 volunteer hours to date.

Earlier this year, we helped welcome Mr. Lee Wagner as the new executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. Working with Mr. Wagner, our Boys and Girls Club Educational Enrichment committee has restructured their outreach and have had the opportunity to emerge themselves into four new local area schools. These schools include, Oakridge Elementary, Godby High School, Nims Middle School and Riley Elementary School. Does a turkey gobble or does it wobble? Can turkeys fly? These are just a few of the things we learned during our November event at Oakridge Elementary. The committee’s outreach includes after school study power hours, snacks, fun and interactive lessons in the subjects of art, science, and even photography. Preparations are already underway by the committee for an end-of-year special Boys and Girls Club event celebration. We are so appreciative of the coordination between the Boys and Girls Club, schools and our committee.

From Tallahassee Movies in the Park, AMWAT’s Move for Hunger, TMH NICU Holiday Stocking project, Florida Historic Capitol tours, and Griffin Elementary 2nd annual Turkey Trot, there isn’t much our Done in a Day ladies haven’t tackled. This is an impressive bunch! Through an organized application process this committee helps to select community organizations in which the League can partner with to assist with projects both monetarily and/or with volunteers. In addition to their events, this committee has done a great job creating excitement within our League membership.

Another successful Kids’ Boutique event is in the books! Hosting the annual back-to-school shopping event in August, we were able to serve 117 children. Wow! The committee did a great job reaching out and partnering with every school in Leon County. With help from our friends at Kohl’s, the children were able to shop for back-to-school clothing items with their families and volunteers. We even had special guests such as Representative Alan Williams, Mayor Andrew Gillum, Commissioner Gil Ziffer and other local officials and community leaders. The event was complete with help from McGruff the Crime Dog and a backpack full of school supplies.

With a mission of, “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running”, how can you not love our newest community partner, Girls on the Run (GOTR)?! Working with young ladies from 3rd to 8th grade, this amazing organization brings so much excitement into the League. During the fall season our committee was involved in a GOTR community project, running buddies program, practice 5K, and more! In the month of December we brought our fall season to a close with a celebratory 5k. This final fall event brought over 100 participants. Our League members enjoyed cheering on and running with the girls as they completed their final race. Our volunteers continue to be inspired by the girls and we are eager to continue the program into the spring season where the Junior League will sponsor a new Southside school location. Be on the lookout for the continued good reports to come from this partnership.

Do you remember your high school prom? That’s just what the Operation Prom Dress committee is working to achieve! This springtime event will allow young girls to shop our prom dress closet to choose that perfect dress, accessories and pair of shoes. This one day boutique styled shopping event will be held in April at our new location, Tallahassee Community College. With efforts from our committee, volunteers, and sponsors like Audio Visual we are working to create a carefree and memorable experience. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile event, don’t forget to donate your newly and gently used dresses and stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Our community is only as strong as the people in it. This is why we are so proud and excited to announce our 2014-2015 Community Advisory Committee. These individuals have pledged their time, expertise and support to our Tallahassee League and we couldn’t be more appreciative. It is through their diverse experiences and knowledge that they will help to make our League and community even stronger. Please help me to thank these individuals for their service: Representative Alan Williams, Dr. Ben Kirbo, Mr. Brian Rowland, Commissioner Gil Ziffer, Ms. Gloria Pugh, Ms. Kelly Ott, Ms. Laura Rogers, Ms. Lauren Faison, Ms. Sheila Costigan, and The Honorable Wansley Walters.

As 2014 comes to a close, we are eagerly anticipating all of the great opportunities that will come with the new year. Stay tuned for the exciting things to come from our Community Council as we strive to make a positive impact on the children of Leon and surrounding counties. We couldn’t be successful without volunteers, sponsors and the communities support. For that, we thank you!

Taylor Hatch
Community Director
Junior League of Tallahassee

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