Community Outreach

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE Collaborating for Impact

13125006_1292305644117716_2929428615095407202_nThe Community Outreach committee works with community partners to host various events focused on child welfare and literacy. In its inaugural year, the group hosted eight events, including four events new to The Junior League of Tampa. Events ranged from the Adoptive Family Picnic serving 40 children to a back-to-school event in Sulphur Springs where 266 backpacks containing school supplies were distributed.

The largest event held by the Committee was the third Annual Family Food Fest, a free event which brings many of our community projects and partners together to serve the Sulphur Springs community by providing healthy food and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Family Food Fest was initiated by The Junior League of Tampa in 2014 with a goal to reduce the impact of the “summer slide” into poor nutrition and reading loss as children recess from school for the summer. This event focused on encouraging the community to maintain a healthy lifestyle, along with highlighting the importance of literacy-based activities in their children’s schedules so they do not lose momentum for the fall school semester.

Three League committees cooperated to bring the 2016 Family Food Fest to success. The Food 4 Kids Committee provided 500 families with a bag full of nutritious fruits and vegetables to take home and 300 attendees also received free lunch. The children were taught how to make healthy snacks for themselves over the summer break by the Kids in the Kitchen Committee, and our newest project, MILO (Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity) debuted at the event with the help of the Children’s Literacy Committee distributing books to build their home libraries.

How can The Junior League of Tampa help you? We offer the following opportunities, to benefit a broad range of organizations:

COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE Volunteer Requests

Community Action hosted 11 “Done in a Day” events providing 800 volunteer hours and $10,000 in funding to local nonprofit agencies. The Done in a Day program manages requests for volunteers on short-term projects of charities and community organizations. Applications will be available in mid June.

This year’s events included staffing for patient picnics to children’s grief awareness day to STEMapalooza. Charities ranged from New Life Village to the Special Olympics of Hillsborough County to Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Non-profit 501(c)3 status
  • Proof that they have been in existence in Hillsborough County at least two years
  • Funds must be spent in Hillsborough County. Requests shall not be considered for current project partners with the League with a MOA designating the League is spending at least $2,500 on the project

For questions about our Done in a Day projects, volunteer requests and/or to be placed on the community mailing list, please send an email to: communityaction@jltampa.org.

ENABLING FUND Grant Requests

The Junior League of Tampa provides Enabling Fund Grants to nonprofit organizations to provide financial support where our trained volunteers may not be needed. Financial assistance may be provided to an agency providing a community need outside one of the issues areas of the League, which are education and child welfare. Applications will be available in mid June.

This year we provided a total of $30,000 in Enabling Fund Grants to 17 organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Non-profit 501(c)3 status
  • Proof that they have been in existence in Hillsborough County at least two years
  • Funds must be spent in Hillsborough County. Requests shall not be considered for current project partners with the League with a MOA designating the League is spending at least $2,500 on the project or any agency that who received an Enabling Fund Grant for the prior fiscal year.

For questions about Enabling Fund Grants or to be placed on the community mailing list, please send an email to: enablingfund@jltampa.org.