Community Projects
2012-2013 Community Impact

643
Volunteers to the Community

1,510
Volunteer hours servicing the community

4,502
Citizens directly Impacted

Independent City

Think you're ready to leave the Foster Care system?

Find out how ready you really are in Independent City!

Foster youth ages 14+ are invited to learn more about the choices available to them in and out of the foster care system. Volunteers will be on-hand to talk with students on these issues and more!

  • Job preparedness
  • Banking
  • Housing
  • Education

WHO: Local Foster Care Youth & the Junior League of Fort Smith
WHEN: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5
WHERE: The Boreham Conference Room at the Baldor Engineering Building on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus
WHY: To educate the young men and women on the benefits of staying in the Foster Care system as long as they are eligible, and to encourage them to continue their care in order to receive the most benefits available to them in the system.

Children's Emergency Shelter

The Children's Emergency Shelter provides short-term housing for area children, ages 6-17, who have been displaced from their homes. The CES committee provides fun activities for the residents of the Shelter, which may include outings off Shelter premises, activities on premises and holiday celebrations.

Done-In-A-Day

The goal of this project is to impact the community through the action of volunteers through a series of short term projects. These projects will fill needs in the community by identifying areas and organizations that need small scale assistance. This will serve as an opportunity to look for creative ways to partner with community agencies and or organizations through advocacy, drives, involvement and "Done-In-A-Day" project placements.

Kids in the Kitchen

The goal of this project is to educate and empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.

Literacy Committee

This project will coordinate the presentation of community information, awareness and educational services to English as a Second Language (ESL) students through a series of mini-seminars or educational offerings. The Literacy Committee also volunteers with the children at the Adult Ed on premise day care center. For programs outside of the Adult Education Center, this project will impact children in primarily low income situations and their families by providing books and materials to promote literacy through Community Reader, Hooked on Books, and Carnival of the Books.

Girl's Education and Mentoring (Project G.E.M)

This project will coordinate with Girls Incorporated of Fort Smith which is committed to providing a safe environment with educational and recreational programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Junior League would volunteer to plan, organize, and then manage an afterschool activity (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm) once a month from September through May. The goal of this project will be teaching the girls life lessons, physical fitness, economic literacy and provide them much needed mentoring. The Junior League will also promote volunteerism so when they become productive members in society, they will want to volunteer and give back to the community.