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Community Program: Leaders United in Volunteer Service (L.U.V.S.)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Our newest community initiative is L.U.V.S., Leaders United in Volunteer Service. It is a day of service and each year, we will focus on helping to improve a specific area in Denver. For our inaugural year, we will focus on the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

On September 23, 2017, 300 Junior League of Denver volunteers will complete a day of service in collaboration with our esteemed community partners, including Habitat for Humanity, Swansea Elementary School, GrowHaus, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, El Sistema Colorado, Focus Points, Extreme Community Makeover, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, and the Denver Arts and Skills Center. All of these organizations are committed to the historic neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.

The day of service includes such projects as resident home repair and restoration, painting, and neighborhood beautification, as well as a school fall festival, mini-flu-shots clinic, paper violin making for music programs, and preparation for healthy cooking classes and future mural painting.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The L.U.V.S. program allows our members, community partners and the residents of the neighborhoods we serve to come together as one for a day of service.

Public Policy & Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
General Public

Description

The Junior League of Denver Public Policy Committee is the liaison between our membership, the community and the agencies we serve and our elected officials. We research issues affecting the JLD, keep the League informed on areas of interest, and advise when action is appropriate.

The JLD has a proud history of public policy and advocacy. In 1987 it was the first League in the United States to hire a government affairs specialist. Since then the Public Policy Committee has worked closely with our government affairs specialist, Aponte & Busam, to monitor, advocate, and support various important pieces of legislation at the State Capitol.

In recent years, the League has supported a variety of legislation addressing:

• Literacy/child education issues
• Child health issues
• Women's health issues
• Women's self-sufficiency issues

The Committee, with JLD support, has played a role in the passage of legislative actions, such as:

• Child Care Tax Credits
• Booster Seat Requirements
• Early Education and School Readiness Grants Program
• Childhood Immunizations
• Safe Haven Awareness Day (see Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns for more information)

We welcome input from the community and all League members. Together we can make an impact on important legislative issues that help improve our Denver metro community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Greater participation and sustained engagement from our members in our public policy efforts.

Member Training

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Female Adults
Females

Description

A huge part of our mission is training and developing the potential of women! We provide training in many areas of the League. Just a few examples are: Leadership Institute, University League trainings, various leadership trainings and more. Our members also receive invaluable experiential training through placements they receive.

The JLD is an organization where women Give back to their community, Grow professionally and as leaders, and Get Connected to other women. Training women will always be a cornerstone of the Junior League of Denver.

Mission
The Junior League of Denver, Incorporated (founded in 1918), is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Establishing relevant training programs/opportunities for members that allow for greater participation and sustained engagement in both our internal operations and community placements/service.

Community Program: Read2Kids

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Read2Kids is an event-based program promoting literacy through access to books and parental/caregiver involvement. Our partner profile targets Denver metro area schools with 85%+ of students qualifying for free or discounted lunch.

Since the JLD started Read2Kids in 2000, our members have volunteered thousands of hours and given away thousands of books to children in the Denver metro area. In addition to receiving books, participants have the opportunity to hear stories read by local celebrities, authors, and firefighters and participate in a variety of fun activities, such as face-painting and balloon making. Children also enjoy refreshments and entertainment at the events.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Access to books is a great need in our community as well as early literacy education. Expanding and elevating the R2K program will allow us to educate more families and distribute more books.

Community Program: Kids Connect at Sewall Child Development Center on the Dahlia Campus for Health

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Kids Connect Program is another JLD signature literacy program. Volunteers develop curriculum, including book selection and associated activity development; work with parents and children to take part in hands-on interactive activities incorporating reading, art and music.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Outreach to parents/caregivers is greatly needed as our community strives to improve literacy rates. The Kids Connect program allows us to bring literacy training/modeling directly to these constituents. It also allows us to reach underserved children at our two locations giving them greater access to books and literacy materials.

Community Program: The Gathering Place

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Gathering Place placement is a program to provide meals to homeless women and children. The program objective is to engage with the clients and service several hot meals a month. This involves planning nutritional meals with the agency. In addition to making meals, volunteers have the opportunity to interact with program participants in the Family Area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We know that our efforts in preparing and serving meals and boxing up government TEFAP food boxes that go to women with small children in need are incredibly important to the success of the Gathering Place.

Community Program: Done in a Day

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Done in a Day (DIAD) projects are a way for JLD members and community agencies to partner on short-term projects. The DIAD Committee researches and develops DIAD opportunities for our members.

The volunteers provided by our Done in a Day program help Denver nonprofits accomplish their goals while saving them money.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased DIAD opportunities will allow for greater participation and sustained engagement for both our members and community partners.

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