Dashing Toward the Holidays

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I have a confession to make: a holiday tree has been up and decorated in my home since before Halloween. In my house, we don’t typically start to deck the halls until at least November, but something about the feeling in the air this year has us ready for the cozy comfort of the winter…

The Joy of Coats for Kids

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I joined The Junior League of Austin and stay involved year after year because I have seen firsthand the difference League volunteers can make in the lives of children here in Central Texas through programs such as Coats for Kids.  Coats for Kids was my first exposure to the power of the League. I was…

Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month

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by Tania Leskovar-Owens   On this final day of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, I wanted to share a few words about what Hispanic Heritage Month means to me and my family. I am originally from Argentina and while I have been living in the states for over 35 years, I continue to celebrate my culture…

Spotlight on the 2021–2022 Provisional Class

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Each fall marks the beginning of a new League year for The Junior League of Austin (JLA). And with the start of each League year comes a new group of League members. First-year members, called Provisional members, bring new energy and fresh faces to the League. The Provisional class is an important part of the…

Christmas in July’s Successful Debut

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By Anna Morris   The COVID-19 pandemic made for a year of firsts for the Junior League of Austin (JLA). The success of the inaugural virtual market of A Christmas Affair (ACA) in November 2020 further proved that the innovation of JLA’s members can keep our beloved traditions alive through challenging times – and create…

A Good Sweet New Year

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   by Alexandra F. Taylor   At sundown on September 6th, a new year will begin. Marked not by fireworks nor television specials, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be toasted with apples, honey, raisin challah bread, and wine. Wine is universally celebratory. The year will be 5782, and those…

Spotlight on Cyndi Cummings: JLA Sustainer, advocate for Austin seniors, and my mom

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  A Junior League of Austin sustainer spotlight.   For this Sustainer spotlight, I am interviewing my mom, Cyndi Cummings. Like many members, I became involved with The Junior League of Austin (JLA) before I was even eligible to join, through the involvement of my mother. She inspired me to join the League and she…

Dress for Success: Empowering Women & Empowering Yourself

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“Empowering women also helps empower yourself,” says Bentley Harris, a member of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) who is wrapping up her second placement volunteering with Dress for Success Austin. The Dress for Success mission is to empower women through providing resources to build the skills they need to gain financial independence. This is…

Three Community Partners you can Help From Home

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Self-Quarantine Checklist: [✓] Phone date with an old friend [✓] Master a TikTok dance [✓] Quarantine cocktail making class [  ] Volunteer Virtually with a Junior League of Austin community partner   Over the past year, The Junior League of Austin’s (JLA) community partners were forced to quickly adapt to offering virtual volunteer opportunities to…

KICS 2020 Kicks It to COVID-19

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Four years ago, The Junior League of Austin (JLA) kicked off the Kids in Cool Shoes (KICS) program. KICS provides new athletic sneakers for children at high-need Central Texas-area schools with help from corporate sponsorships and volunteer hours. Starting with just a small group of JLA volunteers visiting Guerrero-Thompson Elementary school in the Rundberg neighborhood…