"Done in a Day" projects are one-day projects that are designed to meet a specific community need that may vary in nature. There are many worthwhile causes and organizations in the Concho Valley that do not need the support of an on-going project, but rather just a day of our volunteers' time to help with a single event or to address a specific short term need. This opportunity to get a project "done in a day" allows members to provide meaningful services without a long-term commitment.
Done in a Day: 2012-2013
Read-to-Me: In October 2012, we completed the 3rd Junior League Read-to-Me program where we handed out books and facilitated local "celebrities" reading aloud to over 100 children to increase childhood literacy in our town. Each child was given at least one free book to take home. Local celebrity readers were: Goodfellow Vice Commander Thomas Schmidt, Assistant Police Chief Jeff Fant, Fire Chief Brian Dunn, and Dr. Mary Seger of Shannon Medical Center.
Helping Hands: Junior League members facilitated repairs including complete new plumbing, painting, ceiling repair, and pulling up one very stubborn tiled floor, at two homes for elderly women who lived alone. In these projects, we contributed over $25,000 worth of property and safety improvements to the homes. Thank you to Black Plumbing, Gary Floyd Homes, CD Construction, Von Rosenberg Custom Homes, First United Methodist Church, and Goodfellow Air Force Base for all your generous help!
Soup Kitchen: Four times throughout the year, the Junior League prepared and served food to people in our community who needed a warm meal. It's estimated the Junior League served over 500 needy San Angeloans.
Art Thursday: Art Thursdays at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is a FREE drop-in art program for children and their adult companions. Throughout the year, League members assisted the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art staff to increase the creativity of our community's children. It's estimated that we assisted over 250 kids.
Coat & Blanket Drive: In November 2012, we helped the local Soup Kitchen provide warmth to needy people by providing over 100 blankets and coats for them to distribute to their clients.
Hygiene Drive: In February 2013, we provided over $700 worth of hygiene products to Mosaic for their clients who have mental and physical challenges.
Mosaic Projects: In the Spring of 2013, we have redecorated the family rooms of three group homes that Mosaic maintains for individuals who are not able to live on their own. These group facilities are the only homes that these individuals have, and by decorating them according to the group's interest, the house truly becomes their home.
In total this 2012-2013 year, the Junior League has contributed over 400 hours of service through our Done in a Day program.
Earlier this year, we learned that each volunteer hour is valued at $21.35.
The value of our volunteer hours, plus the donation of our supplies and services in the projects above means that through our one-day service projects we contributed over $35,000 to our community solely through our Done in a Day program!
If you would like to know how your organization can learn more about becoming a Done in a Day project, please contact the Junior League of San Angelo office.