Every year the Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) researches unmet needs within the Community and develops projects to address the need with lasting impact. Some of our most recent projects have include
Hibiscus House Valentine’s Day Party: For the past several years the Junior League of Martin County has hosted a very special day for the children sheltered at the Hibiscus Children’s Center in Martin County. League Members and other community volunteers have come together in February to give the children a very special Valentine’s Day treat! Their day starts meeting the volunteers with the Junior League. The children are then divided into small groups where they are led through a series of activities which have included motivational crafts, construction projects donated by Lowe’s and Home Depot, sports activities courtesy of Happy Feet, bounce houses, cotton candy, and pampering with unique hair styles and mani/pedis. The League members then have lunch with the children to cap off their morning of fun! Each child leaves the event with the crafts they have created and a special treat from the Junior League. This has quickly become one of the most popular volunteer opportunities for the members of the Junior League of Martin County.
Books for Kids: One of the newest and most successful programs of the Junior League of Martin County has been an annual book drive collecting elementary level books to donate to the schools. First year teachers often find themselves with a shortage of books to stock their classroom libraries. The Junior League addressed this need by donating over 3,500 books to four Martin County Elementary Schools including Bessey Creek Elementary, Jensen Beach Elementary, Felix A. Williams Elementary and Indiantown Elementary schools. JLMC Volunteers partner with the literacy coaches at each school to ensure that the books provided fit into each grade level and the curriculum. This has been a fantastic partnership that will continue into the future with four new schools receiving books each year.
Golden Bridges to Success: A brand new initiative being embarked upon by the Junior League of Martin County is the Golden Bridges to Success program starting a new collaboration with the House of Hope. League volunteers will be working with young women of the Golden Gate community offering a series of educational opportunities geared toward developing life skills not necessarily addressed by the public schools. The women of the Junior League are very much looking forward to this new partnership and the opportunity to directly impact these young women empowering them toward a life of independence.
JLMC Cares: The Junior League of Martin County stands at the ready to address any community need as it comes up. Through the JLMC Cares program, the League has the flexibility to partner with community organizations as unmet needs are identified. Some examples of recent JLMC Cares projects include painting the former home of Project LIFT, distributing bikes at the White Doves Holiday Distribution event, participating in the International Coastal Cleanup coordinated locally by Keep Martin Beautiful, providing turkeys to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, and hosting an informational breakfast for Devereux Community Based Care. These are just a small sampling of the recent JLMC Cares projects that the women of the Junior League have provided to the community.
Below is a list of all of just some of the organizations the JLMC has assisted:
- Caring Children Clothing Children
- Children’s Services Council of Martin County
- Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County
- Council On Aging
- Devereux Community Based Care
- Florida Oceanographic Society
- Gertrude Walden Child Care Center
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hibiscus Children’s Center
- Hobe Sound Boys & Girls Club
- Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
- House of Hope
- Keep Martin Beautiful
- Marathon of the Treasure Coast
- Martin County Arts Council
- Martin County Fire Rescue
- Martin Memorial Health Systems
- Martin County Healthy Start Coalition
- Martin County Parks & Recreation
- Molly’s House
- Mothers and Infants Striving for Success
- PACE Center for Girls
- Project L.I.F.T.
- Port Salerno Boys & Girls Club
- Safe Space
- Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families
- The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
- The Elliott Museum
- Treasure Coast Food Bank
- Treasure Coast Mobile Food Pantry
- Tykes & Teens
- United Way White Doves Holiday Project
- Volunteers In Medicine
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
Pizza Garden at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
JLMC Endowment Fund at Indian River State College
State Public Affairs Committee
The Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) has been the advocacy arm for the 24 Junior Leagues throughout Florida for over 30 years.
The group monitors the state legislative process and addresses issues of political importance to the members of the Junior Leagues throughout Florida. Each member of SPAC sends delegates to meetings and conferences throughout the year to research and debate current issues. Currently, there are over 11,000 Junior League members in Florida.
The JLMC assigns one member each League year to the SPAC position. She is responsible for attending conferences and sharing the activities of SPAC with the JLMC membership. The JLMC does not participate in the legislative process as a lobbyist or writing legislation