Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport
…for the children…
The Junior Auxiliary believes that caring for a child today makes an important difference, not only at that moment in a child’s life, but for the future. This belief has been the driving force behind the efforts of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport since its founding 66 years ago.
As we look around us and see the growth and renewal in our lives and community, we are reminded daily that adversity can be overcome by both giving and receiving assistance and working together toward common goals. We know the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow.
During the 2013-2014 service year, our members served nearly 11,000 children and their families through nearly 2,000 volunteer hours. Our members make a difference in the lives of our local children in numerous and compelling ways: providing dental screenings to over 700 2nd grade students through our SMILE program, encouraging students to Reach for the Stars by helping students reach their full potential by setting goals and developing self-confidence, and providing nutritious meals and snacks during weekend hours for underprivileged children through Backpack Blessings. These are just a few of the many meaningful services and programs that we believe aided the children of our community in their journey to a brighter future.
Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport was honored to be named the “2014 Volunteer of the Year” by the Harrison County Youth Court, as recognition for our volunteer service to the county’s only emergency youth shelter. Our inaugural Summer Pajama Drive, which collected 316 new pajamas for abused and neglected children admitted to the Harrison County Emergency Youth Shelter, also earned the Martha Wise Award for new projects from the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries.
In providing these and many other meaningful services, we are aiding children in their journey to a brighter future as tomorrow’s leaders. For the coming year, we are continuing these efforts through the implementation of new and existing service projects that make a difference and break the cycle of dependency.
On behalf of the members of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, please accept our sincerest thanks for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our mission. If it were not for the support of our community and caring individuals on the Coast and beyond, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of those who matter most, the children.
“The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport has provided the children at my schools with something more than clothing, shoes, and supplies. You have given them dignity. Thank you to all the ladies of JA for making my job easier and for making these children feel better about themselves. I could not do my job without you!”
Renee Ward, LSW
Harrison County School District