“Excitement” cannot begin to express how I feel about the league year ahead of us. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by such an amazing group of women that lead and serve our community with such passion and selflessness. Each of you are important to the Junior League of San Angelo and I look forward to the true change that we can make in the community this year!
We are expected to carry on the legacy that over 70 years of women’s has established. Because of that expectation, I have selected the theme, “Be the Change” to represent this year and our league as a whole. Gandhi said “Be the change you wish the world to see.” This is your League, these are your projects, and it takes us all working together to make it successful.
We are committed as an organization to Be the Change in our community through our service projects, fundraisers and programming.
Our largest service project, Student Closet, provides quality clothing to children in need and has a goal of serving 650 children in our community this year. The achievement of this goal would be the largest number of kids served by the project to date. This is a true need in our community and we are making a significant impact in the lives of these children by giving them new clothes to wear with confidence.
"Done in a Day" projects are one-day projects that are designed to meet a specific community need. The past year we partnered with 15 different local agencies to provide a volunteer force for organizations in need. Some of our partners included the West Texas Boys Ranch, Food 2 Kids with the Concho Valley Food Bank, Wesley Dailey Bread Soup kitchen and more! In addition to continuing these projects this year, we are also researching new ideas to allow us to Be the Change in San Angelo.
Our newest service committee, Children’s Literacy Project, put over 2100 books in the hands of our community’s children , and read to Belaire first graders all year. Our mobile little library visited many children this past year, and we are committed to serving even more children this year. Through the Children’s Literacy Project, we have also increased self-esteem, self-discipline and creativity in the youth of the Concho Valley.
We will also Be the Change in our community 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 run solely by our Provisional Class. This year, the Kids in the Kitchen Program will serve an estimated 500 children at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Family Day events, and our Healthy Hearts, Early Starts program will continue to make a positive impact in our community.
In April we will cap our year off with our 5th annual Touch-A-Truck community event, which provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types. The committee is dedicated to creating a larger attendance, volunteer force, and fleet of vehicles than ever before!
With a membership of over 350 Actives, Provisionals and Sustainers together, we are an unstoppable force that can Be the Change in our community this year!
Berkeley Puckitt, 2018-2019 Junior League of San Angelo President