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 was initiated to provide a carnival-themed atmosphere with fun games and interactive activities for children attending the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. The carnival is held on the final day of camp as the campers are waiting for their parents/caregivers to arrive. Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp, founded in 1961, 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!
Get Ready provides an educational opportunity for women entering the work force. An annual seminar is held to educate women on resume/application writing, how to dress professionally, preparing for interview questions as well as providing work force resources.
R-Resume, E-Education, A-Application, D- Dress, Y-You!
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...”
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.
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.
Confidence Kit is designed to meet the hygiene needs of youth that do not have access to these products from other avenues. JA funds the project and purchases supplies as needed throughout the year. We create bags with products to be distributed buy the counselors at local schools in discreet packaging. A pamphlet is provided in each bag with a daily checklist of hygiene tasks.
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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.
Backpack Blessing is designed to provide nutrition to food insecure children when they are not able to receive meals at school. This project packages food into discreet bags and delivers to schools on a weekly basis. The school counselor then distributes to the children enrolled in the food program.