Community Projects

C.A.R.E.S. (Confidence, Awareness, Respect, Esteem & Strength)

This project supports the holistic approach that the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Plano utilizes in its treatment plan. JL Collin County Volunteers facilitate arts & crafts sessions four times a month for the patients. Children and adolescents with eating disorders are often socially isolated, and this program offers a safe and nurturing environment for patients to learn or reestablish their social skills.

Impact: 100s of patients receiving treatment each year

 

 

Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV)

The Council is facilitated by JL Collin County and comprised of community leaders and professionals striving together to eliminate family violence. The CCCFV provides training, community networking, and unique hands-on experience working with community partners, elected officials, and leaders of over 60 community organizations to address the problem of family violence in Collin County. Each year the CCCFV hosts the Facing Family Violence Conference. JL Collin County received the 2007 Governor’s Award for their work on the Council.

 

 

Done in a Day (DIAD)

DIAD provides volunteer support for community projects that can be accomplished in a one-time evening or weekend setting. Volunteers provide hands-on assistance (excluding soliciting, telemarketing, fundraising, or enabling fundraising) to nonprofit organizations in Collin County in need of volunteer assistance. Through this project JL Collin County supports a wide range of community services.

Impact: 30 – 40 agencies and 1,000s of citizens

 

 

HopeWorks

This project provides evidence-based curriculum to Hope’s Door transitional housing and emergency shelter clients with the goal of empowering survivors of domestic violence in securing independent, violence-free lifestyles through vocational readiness. JL Collin County volunteers deliver the curriculum and create a comfortable, encouraging training atmosphere.

Impact: 30 – 35 women in Collin County

 

 

Juvenile Mentoring Program (JuMP)

JL Collin County volunteers work in conjunction with the Juvenile Probation Department of Collin County in both McKinney and Plano to serve as mentors and conduct training sessions in a classroom environment for juveniles age 12-15 that have been placed on probation for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses.  The goal is to implement a positive setting for the juveniles and present curriculum on topics such as self-esteem building, internet messaging, healthy relationships, and life skills training.  This project aims to reduce the likelihood of re-offending and to provide the tools and resources necessary to reduce recidivism.

Impact: 30 – 50 youth in Collin County

 

 

Literacy Leaders

Trained JL Collin County volunteers assist in teaching adult and children’s literacy classes, provide one-on-one tutoring, curriculum development, and facilitation of group sessions. This program offers adult education, early childhood education, and parenting education to speakers of a language other than English as well as basic literacy skills.

Impact: Over 100 non-English speaking adults and their families

 

 

My Friend’s House

My Friend’s House, a program of City House, is a 24-bed emergency shelter for children who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse or neglect. The children range in age from birth through seventeen years. JL Collin County volunteers provide a weekly reading program that encourages literacy while offering a fun evening developed around the theme of a carefully selected children’s book.

Impact: 100s of at-risk, homeless youth

 

RISE  

Reaching Independence through Success and Education (R.I.S.E.)

The City House Transitional Living Program is designed for homeless young adults, ages 18 to 21, focusing on helping them grow and learn to live independently. Committee members will deliver an evidence-based curriculum teaching critical life skills designed for success.

Impact: Approximately 12 at-risk, homeless young adults annually

 

 

Trinkets to Treasures

For the past 30 years, the JL Collin County has hosted Collin County’s largest one-day resale event. The gently used items are purchased by clients of the agencies we partner with as well as the general public. Beginning in 2020, we will be partnering with Goodwill Industries of North East Texas to reach even more of the community. Our partnership with Goodwill Industries will allow us to continue to provide shopping cards to our agencies that then pass these along to their clients.

Impact: Approximately 2000 shoppers annually

 

  The Junior League of Collin County offers a variety of community-based training and services including:

  • Community Ambassadors – JL Collin County members develop and nurture strategic relationships with the community leaders and potential partners to further the work of JL Collin County
  • Community Facilitation – JL Collin County provides experienced, professionally-trained facilitators for discussions requiring the assistance of a neutral party such as board retreats or conflict resolution meetings
  • Nonprofit Excellence Workshops – JL Collin County offers informative workshops at no charge to community agencies on topics such as Board Development and Donor Management