The Covid-19 situation around the world is evolving at a fast pace. Even though we find ourselves working remotely, events and fundraisers are being postponed, and we are all learning to practice social distancing, the Mission of The Junior League does not waver. During these times of crisis, we see empowered female Leaders step up and lead their members and communities with grace, compassion and integrity.
One of our core values as an organization is our belief that lasting societal change is achieved through collaboration. We know that we go farther together. We ask all of our members and community partners to take the CDC, WHO, state and local updates seriously and set the example for our neighbors. You may not be at high risk, but someone you interact with indirectly in public may live in a high-risk household.
Together, we got this.
The Junior League of Fort Smith 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.
The Junior League of Fort Smith welcomes all women who exemplify a commitment to voluntarism and desire to improve the community around them.
In 2013, we began tailoring our volunteer efforts to address the foster care crisis in the Arkansas River Valley Community. In Sebastian and Crawford counties, there are currently approximately 700 children in foster care, with less than 150 certified foster family homes. Statewide, there are more than 5,000 children in foster care with only 1,600 foster family homes. The Junior League of Fort Smith has studied this issue and worked to address it with community projects that help recruit and retain foster families, build and furnish children’s shelters, prepare children aging through the foster care system to have the necessary life skills to make it as an adult, and help improve the quality of life for children currently in state care.
In 2018-2019, the Junior League of Fort Smith provided approximately 350 trained volunteers, with 442 volunteer hours served. Our efforts impacted at least 830 citizens in our local community.
With your assistance, the Junior League of Fort Smith will continue acting as agents of social change! We will be better able to continue our efforts to train women to be community leaders and prepare foster teens for adult life outside of foster care.
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