The Junior League of Central Westchester’s community projects for the 2019-2020 year include:
A recent study found that one in three American mothers struggle to buy clean diapers for her child. To address this need in our community, the JLCW launched the Westchester County Diaper Bank, the first of its kind in the area, in Fall 2014 in conjunction with the County government. The Diaper Bank collects wipes and disposable diapers of all sizes, types and brands and provides clean diapers to families unable to afford them. Learn More >
This signature project continues on a monthly basis with visits to children enrolled in Head Start locations in select White Plains elementary schools. JLCW members read to young students and distribute books and activities for the children to take home. The project has also included a visit to the White Plains Library to obtain library cards and meet with a librarian, the distribution of back-to-school kits filled with school supplies, exercise sessions for the children, and interactive events with the parents of the young participants.
Real G.I.R.L.S. Academy
The JLCW runs two or three one-day workshops over the course of the year for students participating in the Real G.I.R.L.S. (Grace, Intelligence, Respect, Leadership, Skills) Academy program. Real G.I.R.L.S. was created by the White Plains Youth Bureau as a year-round Saturday program. The program serves 20 girls in grades 4-7 in White Plains schools who show potential for excellence and are linked with support services. This year, the co-chairs will be offering Yoga session on 3 Saturdays, with a healthy cooking event on the last Saturday.
JLCW partners with Family Services of Westchester Sharing Shelf to provide a shopping event for girls ages 13-19, from families in financial need. Teen girls are invited to the Teen Boutique by social service agencies, schools, food pantries, and community groups. Between 100-150 teen girls participate. Learn More>
JLCW partners with The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMINYS) to host a Ribbon Campaign to raise mental health awareness by hanging NAMI ribbons in our service areas (Eastchester, Scarsdale, White Plains, Greenburgh). In conjunction with the ribbon campaign, JLCW hosts a Mental Health Awareness Lunch & Learn for community partners.
JLCW organizes a Community Partner Networking Breakfast to develop collaborative partnerships with local nonprofits to address significant issues in Central Westchester and to improve the overall quality of life through a legacy of trained volunteers. The Community Development Chairs also seek and review applications for the JLCW Volunteer Service Award.