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September 2021 Newsletter

Message from the President

Greetings Friends and Family of the JLT!

 
Wow - if you just realized it's September and you thought other years went by fast, I think the first eight months of 2021 have gone by in a blink. The start of this month means our League year is in full swing! We kicked the league year off celebrating our members on a hot, late August evening with a fun summer theme #OneInAMelon at Tallahassee local Railroad Square Crafthouse. We are also full steam ahead thanking our partners for an incredible Kids’ Boutique 25th Anniversary event serving 171 children and are now planning for an incredible fall full of exciting projects.

 

The ladies of JLT have been proving their #MassiveAction by volunteering almost 2,000 hours this summer, executing events, and preparing our calendars for the dozens of volunteer and training opportunities we will offer our Members and community this League year. 

September also symbolizes National Hunger Awareness month and points to the accelerated need of our mission to address the food insecurity of 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 3 children in the Big Bend area. Our mission is more important now than ever. This month also symbolizes the start of school for many families and I would be remiss not to mention the challenges brought forth with the COVID-19 variant rampant, devastating weather, and international turmoil. I mention all of this only to emphasize the importance of nonprofit organizations and the hope the members of the Junior League of Tallahassee bring to myself and our community. 
 

Blessings and health to you and yours,  

 

Katie Britt Williams

JLT President 2021-2022

Project Daring Mural

JLT members, city officials, and community members gathered on Friday, August 27 to celebrate the nearly complete Project Daring mural gracing the outside wall of the Lumen Technologies building at the intersection of Calhoun Street and Park Avenue. The mural serves as a reminder to our community of the impact women have on our past, present, and future.

The mural was created by local artists Olivia Barattini and Savannah Salinas to celebrate three female trailblazers who have been inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame: Zora Neale Hurston, Betty Mae Jumper, and Majorie Harris Carr. The mural also includes the quote “All serious daring starts from within,” from Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, volunteer.

Special thanks to the State of Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, Lumen Technologies, Sunbelt Rentals, and Junior Leaguer Hillary Crawford.

For more information on the Project Daring mural, see the article in the Tallahassee Democrat or visit our website.

Partner with Us!

The 2021-2022 Jill Pope Community Partner application is officially open! Each year, the Junior League of Tallahassee seeks out a new community partner. This partnership provides volunteer support and funding to a partnering non-profit that aligns with the JLT’s mission to improve the lives of children and families in our community. Priority consideration will be given to community partners seeking assistance with providing women and children with basic needs such as food, clothing, school supplies, and personal hygiene products, as well as those organizations that seek to raise the confidence and self-esteem of women and children.

The deadline to submit an application is October 1, 2021. Visit our website to apply today!

Backpack Stuffing with
Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Continuing our efforts to alleviate food insecurity in our community, JLT volunteers helped Second Harvest of the Big Bend pack 1,000 meal bags to be distributed to students in our community. These meal bags ensure that our students have nutritious meals to eat over the weekend. 

Started in 1982, Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s mission is to feed hungry, food-insecure people in North Florida’s Big Bend region, and educate and engage the community in the fight to end hunger. The food bank provides healthy food and other needed items for low-income and unemployed people to relieve emergency and distress situations. Visit fightinghunger.org to learn more about the vital work that Second Harvest is doing in our community.

Here Comes Santa Claus

JLT volunteers are making the summer merry and bright preparing for the holidays. Thanks to our friends at Kohl’s, members were able to use Kohl’s Cash generated from the 25th Annual Kids’ Boutique event to purchase kids’ clothes, toys, books, and games for the Aveanna Holiday Party this December. Aveanna works with children with complex medical conditions and diagnoses. 

Done in a Day (DIAD) is a series of concentrated projects that provide volunteer mobilization and funding for community-based events on a short-term basis. JLT partners with other non-profit organizations to help execute community projects that have a significant impact in the Tallahassee area. If you have a short-term volunteer need that ties in with the JLT’s mission, you can learn more and fill out an application on our website.

JLT Kicks Off the League Year

Our members are One in a Melon! JLT Members kicked off the league year with a rousing celebration at Railroad Square Craft House in the Tallahassee Railroad Square Art District. Members mingled in the large outdoor space and enjoyed delicious signature cocktails, craft beers, and pub-style food.

Many thanks to Railroad Square Craft House for hosting this fabulous soirée and JLT’s Arrangements Chairs Emily Hetherington and Stephanie Cuello for all their hard work organizing the event. 

 

Shop our Virtual Kendra Gives Back JLT Event

The Junior League of Tallahassee is a recipient of the Kendra Scott Gives Back event. From September 13-14, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST, use code "GIVEBACK-AOVEJ" (all uppercase letters and no spaces) to participate in the virtual give back event. 20% of your purchase will go back to the league and be used for future community impact! Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to using the code. 

P.S. It's never too early to think about holiday gifts and we love when we can shop AND make an impact! 

Sustaining Members Gather

In August, JLT Sustaining Members gathered for a tasty lunch at Lively Café. They enjoyed engaging conversation and updates on League projects while connecting with other sustainers from a variety of age groups. Many thanks to Lively Café, Sustainer Representative Kate Wasson, and Sustainer Representative Elect Jennifer Stanford for making this event a success.

Sustaining members of the Junior League of Tallahassee are an important component of our organization’s success. Our Sustainers serve as mentors to the New and Active members of the League and are a valuable source of support and inspiration to the League as a whole. Learn more about how you can become a sustaining member of JLT here.

Support JLT! 
Partnerships, Sponsorships & Donations
To aid us in our mission of improving the lives of children and families in the Tallahassee area, JLT relies on the generosity of sponsorships and donations to enhance our community impact. When an organization financially supports the League, we support the organization in return by valuable recognition and exposure to both our members and the general public through online and in-person channels. The League consistently fosters strong partnerships with our sponsors, and we would love to work with you or your organization next!

To learn more about how you can become a JLT Sponsor, please click here to review our sponsorship guide or email Nicole Okken at AtLargeRep1@jltallahassee.org  for more information.

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