JA SERVICE PROJECTS
Our Hattiesburg chapter proudly supports children and families in need
through these service projects. We are thankful to our many donors and supporters
whose generosity make our service outreach financially possible.
CIVITAN CAMP CARNIVAL
Civitan Camp Carnival provides a carnival atmosphere with games and interactive activities for children attending Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. Held on the final evening of camp, parents/caregivers are invited to attend! Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp is a local, non-profit organization operated by an all-volunteer staff that allows children with significant disabilities to enjoy camping experiences.
Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg's Crown Club will mentor young area women entering the 10th grade through 12th grade. The mission is help these women grow through community service. Members on this project will facilitate Crown Club membership through an application process. Members on this project will help the Crown Club members with their service projects and yearly events. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CHILDREN'S CENTER PLAY THE SAME
The Children’s Center (TCC) is a non-profit organization with the mission of serving young children ages birth to 5 with disabilities and complex communication needs. This project gives families an opportunity to socialize and share experiences, hardships, and the love they have for their child. This program also offers a supervised “play date” with other children and lets parents outside of TCC give their child an opportunity to interact with a child with a disability and learn that they may “look and talk differently,” but we all PLAY THE SAME!
Family Affair assists families by providing basic needs and services until they can become self-sufficient. Family Affair assists families with children in hopes of keeping them intact during difficult times for up to two years. Families can receive assistance until children are 18. Quarterly educational seminars are also provided to these families on financial management, family budgeting, employment strategies, and parenting skills.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Food for the Soul serves the community in two ways. First, F4S provides frozen meals for families affected by terminal illness. This committee prepares meals for two different freezers maintained by partner organizations. Families under hospice care/home health are invited to take casseroles as needed. Second, F4S reaches out to various agencies that provide hot meals and assist with serving meals to at-risk community members.
The Girls Only. project is designed to help meet the feminine hygiene needs of teenage girls and women who might otherwise have to miss school, work, or other important events due to lack of these necessities. JA members hold supply drives throughout the year to accumulate feminine hygiene products for distribution through Edwards Street Fellowship and establish an ongoing “feminine hygiene products bank” to continuously provided to populations served by Edwards Street Fellowship and to local schools.
JA ROOM MOMS
JA Room Moms pairs JA members with three cohort groups at United Christian Academy to act as “room moms” for the school year. UCA serves children living in extreme poverty with little to no resources and little parent involvement in school activities. As the room mom, members would be responsible for planning and participating in 3 classroom parties, planning 2 field trips, and spending time quarterly in the classrooms supporting teachers and students.
Kid’s Culture supports children in third grade at Earl Travillion Attendance Center. This project encourages young children to imagine and create culture within their own circle. The project strives to build relationships and foster individual creativity for young students. A 21st century author said, “Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating... as well as in making sense of the world around us...”
LAMAR COUNTY ROLL AND READ
Lamar County’s Parents as Teachers’ Roll and Read is a bi-annual event that promotes early childhood literacy, physical activity, and social and emotional development for preschool children in Lamar County. This project reaches 400 children and their families engaging them in health, recreation, culture, and education. JA members assist on event day with set-up, facilitating activities, clean-up, supporting pre-school classes, taking event photos, and being runners.
PENNINGTON'S NIGHT OUT
Pennington’s Night Out provides a night of dinner, entertainment and fun once a month for children and families who participate in ARC. The committee members work closely with the ARC to coordinate themes and dates for the events. ARC is a non-profit organization that provides programs, experiences, and respite care for individuals with disabilities.
PINEBELT DIAPER BANK
The Pinebelt Diaper Bank was created with the intention of helping provide diapers to families across the Pinebelt struggling to purchase them, along with the intention of preventing health concerns in babies if diapers are not changed consistently. JA members bundle collected diapers and bring them to Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Members will continue to bundle diapers on a monthly basis. Members will also hold diaper drives as needed.
This project allows JA members to care for disabled children through the night during the week of Civitan Camp. Civitan Camp is a week of summer camp for children with physical and mental disabilities. Each child is assigned a counselor during the day, and at night, JA members take over the role of care taking so that the counselors can rest.
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Smart Art is designed to expose children to a variety of artistic mediums that they may otherwise never experience. The Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg hosts its annual Smart Art project where local children participate in a variety of artistic sessions including painting, sewing, music, and drama. Participants are given gift bags full of art supplies, books, and musical instruments so that they can continue to explore and enjoy the arts at home.
Wardrobe Warehouse helps to provide needed clothing to area families through a community-wide distribution event. Wardrobe Warehouse hosts an annual Coat and Sweater Drive in the fall/winter. The committee members are responsible for collecting clothing items and sorting items for the distribution project. Lastly, committee members provide staffing, set-up, and clean-up for the distribution project.
Welfare exists to address dire and urgent needs of single parent households in the community. Welfare steps in to offer financial support and assistance with basic needs, typically on a one-time basis. Through this program, Welfare helps keep the lights on, keeping the residence heated/cooled, provides clothing for children, and other necessities for those needing assistance during a particularly difficult time.