The Junior League of Rochester is dedicated to serving women and children in the Rochester community, with the Diaper Bank, Volunteer, and Public Affairs committees being instrumental in that effort. Here are some of the recent projects we’re working on, along with organizations we’re partnering with, including Sojourner Home, Cameron Community Ministries, Willow Domestic Violence Center, The Center for Youth, and many more. To learn more about the JLR’s volunteering programs, please contact Volunteer@JLRoch.org.
Recent Projects and Community Partners
- Diaper Bank The Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank addresses diaper need in Monroe County, as well as surrounding counties, by providing diapers and diapering supplies to partnership organizations and social workers. We collect diapers (including open packages and loose diapers), pull-ups, training pants, wipes, and diaper creams. We also collect monetary donations, which are used to purchase these supplies at deep discounts. Click here to learn more. (jump to Diaper bank page)
- Mega Diaper Wrapping Event In support of the Diaper Bank, the Volunteer Committee planned and executed a massive Clothing Swap fundraising event in April of 2019 to raise money for a large diaper order. The fundraising event led to the coordination of a two day long diaper wrapping event, where volunteers led the way in wrapping 36,000 diapers in 24 hours!
- Project Homeless Count In January 2019, volunteers participated in the Point in Time (PIT) count – a nationwide count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single day/night. Volunteers joined in street outreach efforts to interview and directly connect with the homeless persons of the Rochester area. The PIT count is crucial in measuring the extent of homelessness, determining our community’s eligibility for Continuum of Care funds from HUD, and for raising community and political awareness.
- 24 HR Volunteerathon
In April 2018, the JLR held its first ever 24 hour volunteerathon, “JL Roc Around the Clock: 24 Hour Volunteerathon”, with volunteers donating 140 hours in one day. Activities included: improving the grounds and gardens at Sojourner Home; a wellness event, with yoga and meditation for formerly incarcerated women in a residency program run by Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach; procuring approximately 160 supplies and stocking shelves for Home Start Hope; a family movie night for formerly homeless residents at Tempro Development Co.; painting a private shelter residence for the residents at Tempro; sewing children’s surgical caps for Golisano Children’s Hospital; baking ~650 muffins and cookies to be distributed to Open Door Mission’s community food program; wrapping over 7,000 diapers for the Diaper Bank; and making welcome baskets full of toiletries for newly admitted Tempro residents.
- Sojourner Home For two years, from 2016-2018, the JLR’s community partner was Sojourner Home, a transitional residence for homeless women and children, providing housing, self-sufficiency skills, and education programs. The JLR hosted many events at the house for the residents, including multiple Dinner & Discussion events, a summer picnic, back to school celebration, Halloween party, and holiday parties. The JLR also planted and maintained a garden for the residents, donated trees, and assisted with yard cleanup. In addition to holding school supply drives and holiday gift drives, and accompanying the children in the Sojourner Home Dreamseeds program to the Sweet Creations exhibit at the George Eastman Museum.
- Willow Domestic Violence Center For the past couple years, the JLR has helped raise awareness for domestic violence through the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” event, as well as provide Willow Center with banners for their Silent Witness Program. Willow Domestic Violence Center strives to prevent domestic violence and ensure every survivor has access to a wide range of services and support along the journey to a safe and empowered life.
Done in a Day Projects
Providing hands-on volunteer services to not-for-profit agencies, such as:
- Leading a “Paint Night” and “Game Night” at Center for Youth
- Collaborating with community partners to host an educational Baby Shower for new and expectant Mothers at Cameron Community Ministries
- Teaching a nutrition and cooking class for new and expectant Mothers at Chrysalis House
- Hosting “Self Care” and “Dinner and a Discussion” events as well as holiday parties at the Sojourner Home
- Donation Drive for Volunteers of America Camp Heroes
- Toy donation drives for Toy Library at the Lincoln Branch Library and Pirate Toy Fund
- Essential goods drive for Rochester/Monroe County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)
- Shopping and Stocking event in support of Home Start Hope
- Painting 4-7 rooms in Tempro’s emergency shelter house
- Warehouse/Storage space cleaning and organization of household item donations at Tempro
- Updating residents’ rooms and common areas, along with upkeep of gardens at the Sojourner Home
- Updating the after school room and organizing the food pantry at Cameron Community Ministries
- Participating in Turn the Towns Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness
- Supporting Villa of Hope in their Holiday Wishes Program by managing gift drop-off locations
For several years, the JLR positively impacted the lives of girls, through innovative programs focusing on self-esteem, nutrition, and personal safety.
- Kids in the Kitchen
The JLR partnered with the Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Eastside Family YMCA to address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition: promoting health, nutrition and exercise.
- Gilda’s Club
For three years the JLR partnered with Gilda’s Club to provide dinner, crafts, and entertainment to the members of Gilda’s Club and their family and friends. In 2005, Gilda’s Club Rochester & Cancer Action presented the Christie Simonetti Award for Outstanding Volunteer to the Junior League of Rochester for their outstanding volunteer work.
- Treasured Memories
The JLR hosted an event at the YWCA of Rochester and Wilson Commencement Park, which gathered parents and their children, to provide them with an opportunity to take family portraits.
- Sojourner House Employment & Computer Training
As part of a series of life skills classes, this program taught women in crisis basic computer and work skills, to help them re-enter the workforce.
- Community Assistant Grants
For over 30 years, the JLR gave annual grants to not-for-profit organizations focusing on women’s programs.
- Youth Awards
This program awarded scholarships to outstanding local high school women for their academic achievement, exemplary volunteer service, and community involvement.
- Children’s Theatre
The JLR collaborated with Nazareth College Theater Arts Department and the Rochester City School District to bring interactive theater to children. Elementary students enjoyed these interactive performances.