Who We Serve
Who We Serve
Backpack Blessings provides non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children in our community to make sure they get enough food during non-school hours. Our goal is to offer nourishment needed to help them learn and grow. Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport uses the guidance counselors at each school to find families.
Ladies Who Lunch
Middle school aged girls are paired with a JA Gulfport member, who spends an hour of one-on-one time each week during lunch. JA members form close bonds while mentoring young girls throughout the course of the school year. The undivided attention the young girls receive each week is invaluable and gives them an outlet to voice their feelings without fear of judgment or ridicule and receive support and advice.
The heart of Junior Auxiliary can be seen through what we do in our community service projects. We currently have 12 service projects reaching out to children, youth and families in Gulfport, Long Beach & Pass Christian. Each year, our members put in hundreds of hours volunteering on the projects and giving our hearts to the children that we serve.
Project NOW serves the basic needs of children in our community from clothing to healthcare. The goal is to allow students to concentrate on their school work, and not be encumbered by worries of their basic needs, such as health and shelter. This project serves a multitude of needs for the children in our community and is served on a case-by-case basis as needs arise.
Hearts Without a Home
JA Gulfport has worked closely with the Harrison County Family Court Emergency Children’s Shelter since 1978. The shelter serves as the temporary home of children between the ages of 2 days and 18 years, who have been removed from their families due to abandonment, abuse, neglect or endangerment. Our members do many volunteer duties at the shelter, from comforting frightened children new to the shelter to playing games and fun activities with the children.
General Welfare Projects
Social Welfare Projects
Beach Day at the Wheelway
The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport teamed up with the City of Long Beach early 2019 to offer a handicap accessible ramp that allows wheelchair access to our beautiful Coast beaches. The ramp is the first of its kind on the MS Gulf Coast. The Provisional Class of 2019 planned a day of fun and activities at the beach to celebrate the new ramp. It was such a success that JAG decided to make it an annual event.
The College Bound program grants more than $6,000 in scholarships to outstanding senior high school students each year. Students are selected based on superior academic achievement and merit, leadership potential, community involvement, and financial need.
Junior Auxiliary members partner with a class at at a local elementary school and exchange letters each month with an assigned student. This project helps students to hone their reading & writing skills
Fur Ever Friends
Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport hosts a stuffed animal drive to collect new and gently owned stuffed animals. After proper sanitation, stuffed animals are then delivered to Gulf Coast CASA and local hospitals where they await a child in need of a friend.
Looking for a Christmas Miracle
The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport provides a special Christmas celebration for several children and their families in need during the holiday season. The event includes a meal, photos with Santa, special guest entertainment, activities and craft projects. Children also receive Christmas gifts. Children in need are identified by school staff.
Fill the Bus
In partnership with United Way of South MS and area Walmart Super Centers, we equip teachers and students with the supplies they need to have a successful school year. Supplies collected are distributed to Gulfport, Harrison County, Long Beach & Pass Christian schools.
Junior Auxiliary members volunteer at local elementary schools through the BOOST/Mentoring program, tutoring students who have academic special needs. Both current (active) and past (life and associate) members are involved with this program at several area schools.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
This program provides volunteer support for programs and events at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and WINGS Performing Arts events.