Junior League of Alexandria Grants 2014
The Junior League grants committee, in its 13th year, awarded over $7,000 in grants to different non-profit organizations in our focus area which address women and children’s issues. These much needed grants allow the Junior League to spread our mission through other community organizations. Our committee has awarded the following grants:
- Christian Love Baptist Church of Alexandria, Inc: Grant money will aid in the purchase of computers and monitors for the computer lab, and to purchase school supplies for afternoon tutoring of Rapides Parish School System Students K-12.
- DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services)-Foster Care Program: Grant money will assist in paying for recreational activities for children and provide respite to the foster care parents. Funds will aid in the tuition for sports camp, art camp, music lessons, swimming lessons, and sitter service, when a Class A day care is not available.
- Louisiana Foster & Adoptive Parents Association: Grant money will help provide school supplies, uniforms, and school fees for foster children. To assist in paying foster/adoptive parent fees to attend the yearly educational conference – LA Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Inc. (LFAPA)
- Rapides Parish String Program: Grant money will assist in purchasing music, the costs of instrumental music maintenance, as well as the appropriate and necessary accessories, and the rental costs of a suitable performing venue for annual fall and spring concerts. All will benefit the studies in the Rapides Parish School System String Program.
- Cherokee Elementary School: Grant money will benefit Cherokee Elementary School music and arts program. To aid in the purchase of new art tables, supplies for painting and drawing, storage equipment for artwork, and to help purchase new rhythm instruments for music education.
- Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services, Inc (CLASS): Grant money will aid in the purchase of school uniforms and supplies for children of people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Girls Scouts of Louisiana-Pines to the Gulf: Grant money will aid in funding the purchase of Girl Scout Journey books as well as placing funds in the Girl Scout Take Action Projects Fund for girl scouts in the Alexandria community.
- Young Women’s Christian Association of Alexandria-Pineville (YWCA): Grant money will help fund scholarships for girls wanting to participate in the Girls on the Run program.
- L.S. Rugg Elementary: Grant money will help fund school presentations given by Mike Artell, a successful author and illustrator, and give the students at Rugg the change to interact with the author/artist and learn about different styles of writing and creativity.
- Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, Inc.: Grant money will help fund artist visits and supplies once per month to the pediatric wards of Rapides Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hosptial.
- Volunteers of America: Grant money will be used to award funds for the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), which is a youth development program for teens ages 12-17, who live in Central LA. TOP teaches life skills, healthy behaviors and sense of purpose to the teens.
- NextSTEP of Central Louisiana, Inc.: Grant money will be used to help facilitate A Fight We Can Win to youth enrolled in the following local programs: The National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program (YCP), and The Independent Living Program (ILS) through Goodwill industries.
- STARS (Spiritual Tuesdays Aiding Rugg Students): Grant money will be used to help fund the purchase of new backpacks filled with school supplies for students at Rugg Elementary who participate in the STARS program at FUMC.
- Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home: Grant money will be used to help fund annual foster care and adoption conference scheduled for Fall 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church. The money would assist with the costs of childcare for all attendees, to compensate expert presenters in the fields of foster care and adoption, and to provide reference materials to better equip foster and adoptive parents.