General Welfare Projects
318 children served
Backpack Blessings provides meals/snacks to children who may not otherwise get them during non-school hours, such as weekends. Backpacks (including 3 meals a day, snacks, and drinks) are sent home with the child each Friday. The child then returns the backpack to the school after the weekend. Multiple families are chosen at multiple schools each semester to be served throughout the semester. Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport utilizes the guidance counselors at each school to identify needy families.
Hearts Without A Home
1,848 children served
JA Gulfport has worked closely with the Harrison County Family Court Emergency Children’s Shelter since its groundbreaking in 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 perform many volunteer duties at the shelter, from comforting frightened children new to the shelter to playing games and fun activities with the children to help them get through the days. Each year, JAG members do a project at the shelter to help with a specific need they may have, such as revamping a homeschooling trailer on-site for students who cannot attend school.
Ladies Who Lunch
61 children served
Middle school aged girls are paired with a JA Gulfport member, who spends an hour of one-on-one time with the student each week during lunch. JA members form close bonds while mentoring young girls throughout the course of the school year. This project was added in 2018 and has seen huge success since its inception. 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.
234 children served
Project NOW serves the basic needs of children in our community from clothing to healthcare. Children in need are identified by school personnel. When a child in need is referred to the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, we fulfill these requests within 24 hours. The need may come in the form of a warm coat for a child that does not have one during winter months, a doctor visit to get glasses for a child suffering from migraines, or a request for new furniture for a family that had all of their belongings destroyed in a fire. The goal is to allow these 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.
Social Welfare Projects
Beach Day at the Wheelway
400 children served
The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport teamed up with the city of Long Beach early 2019 to provide 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.
Looking for a Christmas Miracle
71 children served
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, craft projects, and the opportunity to play at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Children also receive Christmas gifts. Children in need are identified by school personnel.
17 children served
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.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
3,072 children served
This program provides volunteer support for programs and events at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and WINGS Performing Arts events.
304 children served
Junior Auxiliary members volunteer at local elementary schools through the BOOST/Mentoring program, tutoring individual students who have academic special needs. Both current (active) and past (life and associate) members are involved with this program at several area schools.
302 children served
Junior Auxiliary members partner with a class at at a local elementary school and exchange letters each month with an assigined student.