The word “mark” has many meanings. It can indicate a sign, feature, symbol, evidence, or point. We make our mark on a contract, on a life, and in our case, on the community we serve. This year’s theme of Make Our Mark represents the impact the Junior League of San Angelo will have on its membership and community.
We are committed as an organization to Make Our Mark through service, and our goals for the year encompass that objective. Our largest service project, Student Closet, which provides quality clothing to children in need, is charged with serving over 300 children in our community. The achievement of this goal would be the largest number of kids served by the project to date. In addition to serving more children, the program is also working to create new partnerships with organizations in our community that serve children in need.
Our Done in a Day committee is our creative think-tank of service. This group is committed to continuing some of our most popular service projects including Warmth for the Winter that will provide coats to children in need, teaching the young men of the West Texas Boys Ranch to make a home-cooked meal, and spending a special evening with the elderly in our community making sure they feel loved on Valentine’s Day. This committee’s enthusiasm is contagious, and they have already kicked off the year by providing 150 brand new pairs of sneakers to the children at the Boys & Girls Club. In addition to continuing these projects, they are also researching new ideas that will focus on the foster care system and infant care in our community that will allow us to continue to Make Our Mark in San Angelo.
Our newest service committee, Children’s Literacy Project, is working to establish a lasting legacy that can be continued in the future. Not only is the Mobile Little Library truly mobile and functioning already this year, the committee has also met with SAISD to create a volunteer program within the school district. This year, they will allow us to Make Our Mark by establishing a foundation the program can be built upon and distributing 750 books into the hands of children in our community.
We will also Make Our Mark by continuing our programs that focus on fighting childhood obesity by promoting a healthy lifestyle: Kids in the Kitchen and Healthy Hearts, Early Starts. These events are some of our largest volunteer opportunities and are purely run by our Provisional Class. This year, the Kids in the Kitchen Program will serve an estimated 600 children at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Family Day events, and our Healthy Hearts, Early Starts will serve an unprecedented number with its move to House of Faith.
On April 21st, we will cap our year off with our 4th annual Touch-A-Truck community event, which is a completely free experience that allows the toys in a child’s toy box to come alive! The committee is dedicated to creating a larger attendance, volunteer force, and fleet of trucks than ever before!
With a membership of over 120 Actives and Provisionals, we are a workforce ready to Make Our Mark in our community. This year’s focus will be on training this workforce to be skilled volunteers and vetted leaders for the future of our organization and creating lasting projects that impact the women and children in the community we love and serve.
Lara Coleman Slaughter, 2017-2018 Junior League of San Angelo President