Our Signature Project
Every three years, we select a new community organization to partner with and call them our "Signature Project."
We are currently partnering with NECCO. Since 2006, NECCO has been building families and supporting our community in Albany,GA. They provide services related to the welfare of children in need of loving, stable and supportive families and accomplish this through adoption, foster care, independent living, supported living, community rehabilitation, residential living, behavioral health counseling and related support services.
Children's Miracle Network
As a League, we also elect to donate a portion of funds to Children's Miracle Network (CMN) as they have been an instrumental part of so many League members' lives.
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill the funding gaps that do not cover the entire cost of a child's care. We support this nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Each year's provisional class selects a cause to contribute to.
Our 2019-2020 Provisional Class raised funds for NECCO by selling “egg-dorable” yard signs that also raised awareness of the incredible work that this organization does for our community.
For the past several years, the Junior League of Albany, Georgia, Inc. has been engaged in the Foster Care Awareness project. It has evolved over the years into meaningful community involvement for children who have been abused or neglected by their parents or caregivers and have been removed from these caregivers by the judicial system for their safety and well-being.
Over the past few years, the majority of our foster care efforts and volunteer hours benefited the Lily Pad, an umbrella organization that includes the CASA program. CASA provides neglected and abused children that are involved in juvenile court proceedings with a safe permanent home.
Due to the overwhelming generosity of League Members and the community at large, we have been able to provide much-needed school supplies, Christmas gifts and Easter baskets, and support for academic endeavors.
Kids in the Kitchen
The goal of the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.
Inspired by the Junior League of Calgary's Junior Chefs program, the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative began in 2006 with the goal of engaging kids in the preparation of healthy meals as a means to educate them and their parents regarding nutrition and healthy choices. Junior Leagues in more than 200 locations provide lessons and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local community organizations, chefs, nutritionist and schools.
The Junior League of Albany, Georgia, Inc., has also offered grants for innovative teachers.
The 2019-2020 program provided 10 grants to individual teachers in Dougherty County, Lee County, and independent schools in the city of Albany.
These funds were awarded for proposals that offered innovative ideas in supplementing the classroom curriculum with the following criteria:
creativity and innovation
benefits to the students
efficient use of grant funds
adaptability of the project for use by other teachers