Since 1934, the Junior League of Austin has demonstrated its commitment to serving the Austin community with volunteers and funds. Our fundraising efforts and community partners have expanded and grown throughout the years. Currently, we are proud to promote volunteerism and community service through our Community Programs: Food in Tummies (FIT), Coats for Kids (CFK), Done-in-a-Day, Kids in Cool Shoes, (KICS). Our funds and volunteer hours support these and other agencies working to meet needs and serve our growing population of Austin.
Booking an event at our space in the Community Impact Center will provide the necessary funds to support and expand our programs. We currently provide 1,400 backpacks with weekend meals for students at schools in Del Valle Independent School District for 34 weeks in the school year. Over 97% of these students rely on nutrition from the free and reduced lunch programs. These students experience food scarcity both from economic circumstances and the lack of grocery stores in their school district area. The FIT program fulfills a need for nutritious food for students while also supporting their attendance and school performance.
In the history of our CFK program, the JLA has distributed over 600,000 warm winter coats to eligible children. Our Done-in-a-Day program provides local non-profits with valuable volunteers for special events. Our newest program, KICS, fitted 655 children with shoes in the spring of 2018.
Our vision for the CIC is to provide a space for community members to gather for both collaboration and celebration. An event at the CIC enables the JLA to sustain and expand our programs to provide support and solutions for the challenges in our community.