“To improve the lives of Leflore County children
by developing and implementing programs that instill
self-esteem and challenge minds”
R.E.A.D. (Renewing Education, Activating Development) is our literacy program that focuses on encouraging reading and literacy opportunities through multiple avenues: Bucks for Books is a reading program that encourages children to read by using monetary incentives. Area students gather at the Greenwood Leflore Library to read grade-level books, and are awarded cash at the end of the month for their hard work. Homework Buddies is another project within our R.E.A.D. program that serves the Greenwood Mentoring Group and God’s Helping Hands. Members volunteer reading one book a month to the two organizations and assist with parties and special events. Finally, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five.
CARE aims to meet the needs of area organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Leflore County, ArtPlace Mississippi and Special Blessings of the Mississippi Delta. Committee members help to ensure that these groups have the volunteer and programming support needed to continue to serve our area children successfully.
Feed the delta
Feed the Delta supports many organizations throughout Leflore County. We serve The Food Corps and the Community Food Pantry through mini service projects. Further assisting the Community Food Pantry, members volunteer twice a month, helping stuff boxes of canned foods for distribution of their monthly food supply. We also hold an annual Pavilion Picnic Pavilion Rail Park, providing an opportunity for children to receive a free, nutritious meal outside of regular school hours. Committee members also provide and serve meals for Young Lives of Leflore County during a monthly time of fellowship with teenage mothers and their mentors. Feed the Delta also supports the efforts of Delta Streets Academy by serving lunch to students on an as needed basis.
This project serves at the Greenwood Mentoring Group that is an organization that serves as a place for 30-35 children to go afterschool to have help with their homework, snacks and interaction to help them gain tools to be successful in school and life. Members volunteer with mentoring during the week and assisting with parties and special events.
Clothing Corner purchases uniforms and other essentials for children who are recommended by school counselors each year. Project committee members shop and deliver the clothes to the schools as requested. The project aims to ensure that each child in Leflore County is prepared to enter school each day comfortably, cleanly, and equipped to learn.
PALS (Providing Aid, Lending Support) was adopted in 2008 to establish an ongoing relationship with a family or families who need support to help break the cycle of dependency. This project provides for the basic necessities of life, such as food, encouragement, budgeting needs, job training, educational assistance, etc.. Each member of the Chapter is encouraged to contribute at least one service hour to this project each year.
College scholarships are awarded each year by a panel of non-Junior Auxiliary judges to area high school seniors based on need, academic performance, community and civic involvement and an interview. During the 2017-2018 year, Junior Auxiliary awarded $15,000 to five students in Leflore County.
Crown Club is a service organization for 10th and 11th grade girls from Leflore County. Crown Club members are expected to dedicate at least 20 hours of service to our area each year and must maintain a B average in school. Junior Auxiliary members guide this group and their activities. Our goal is to increase their awareness of the needs of those around them, as well as build leadership skills among our young women.
Pediatric Connection partners with the Greenwood Leflore Hospital to host the annual Child Safety Fair held each fall, providing educational and fun activities for all on the hospital lawn. They work with GLH to maintain a room on the children’s wing that is equipped with toys, DVDs, books, and activities for patient entertainment. This program makes a child’s stay at the hospital a more positive one. Most recently, Pediatric Connection has partnered with GLH to host a New Moms Class for the area, providing weekly educational sessions to expectant mothers and mothers of newborn babies.
S.T.A.R.S. (Studying Together and Revealing Smiles) is a Biblical mentoring program that aims to enhance the self-esteem of 5th grade girls and encourage the application of Christian ideals to their everyday life. Girls are invited to meet with Junior Auxiliary members during fall and spring sessions to have breakfast and hear God’s word presented through their teachers and other adults in the community. We currently serve at Pillow Academy and are ever-changing to meet the needs of the schools and youth that this program helps to serve.