The purpose of the Community Assistance Fund is to respond to the short-term needs of non-profit agencies headquartered in Beaumont, Texas.
Community Assistance Grants Awarded
Twice a year the Junior League of Beaumont offers a Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant for non-profits in the community to apply and receive assistance with their mission. It is one of the many ways in which the Junior League of Beaumont gives back to the community. This Fall, we are excited to announce several recipients that will benefit from The Junior League of Beaumont Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant.
Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas Foundation cares for babies across the region in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In 2017, the unit began providing Occupational Therapy (OT) services for infants in the NICU to improve their developmental skills. The Junior League of Beaumont is happy to assist in this effort by granting $2,500 for the purchase of OT equipment to be utilized for the infants in the NICU.
Beaumont Rainbow Room provides supplies to abused or neglected children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services and was severely impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda. The organization provides children with many items they need and give them a blue duffle bag in which to carry their belongings. The Junior League of Beaumont was able to offer funds for the purchase of 200 of these bags.
Birthright of Beaumont offers free and confidential assistance to pregnant women, providing support and counseling. Services are available to women 24/7 and the organization relies on assistance from volunteers and donations from the community. The Junior League of Beaumont was able to provide funds for the purchase of 30 layettes, baskets containing essentials in caring for a newborn, to support women and help them care for their babies.
The Boys and Girls Club of Hardin County offers after school and summer programs for children whose families are unable to afford child care. The organization serves over 300 youth annually and focuses on education, leadership, healthy living, and other areas to promote success, increase school performance and improve behaviors. The Junior League of Beaumont was able to offer $1,800 for the purchase of new computers to assist in this mission.
Christus Health Foundation of Southeast Texas continues to promote safe sleeping for infants and is replacing older basinets in their Maternal Units and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with newer SNOO Basinets that promote safe bedside sleeping for infants. The Junior League of Beaumont offered $2,500 for the purchase of a SNOO Basinet.
Girls’ Haven is an organization providing a safe and nurturing environment for girls effected by physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and sever family dysfunction. The Junior League of Beaumont is proud to be able to assist Girls’ Haven in their mission by providing $1,740 to assist in introducing music therapy, to create a calmer, more therapeutic environment for the girls.
Greater Orange Area Literacy Program assists adults in preparing to take the GED, learn to read or learn English as a Second Language with the goal of decreasing crime and poverty by increasing education. The Junior League of Beaumont is happy to assist this organization in offering assistance of the purchase of GED books and other study materials.
Habitat for Humanity is working diligently to assist the community in rebuilding after Tropical Storm Imelda by providing safe and affordable housing for low income working families. The Junior League of Beaumont is appreciative of the work of the volunteers and the organization and offers $800 for the purchase of water and ice for volunteers.
Hardin County Christain Care Center is an organization which provides assistance with food, utility bills, prescriptions, tooth extractions and clothes for individuals residing in Hardin County. The organization operates completely through volunteers and donations from the community. Their request for funds was to purchase blankets to distribute to individuals in the cold months and the Junior League of Beaumont was happy to be able to assist in this request, offering $1,049.50 for the purchase of approximately 50 blankets.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD was devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey in 2017 and then, just as the school district was recovering, they were overwhelmed again by Tropical Storm Imelda. All campuses were impacted and the ability to provide services to students reduced. The Junior League of Beaumont hopes to assist in the recovery of this school district by providing a grant in the amount of $1,000 to replenish lost supplies in their nursing clinics.
Nurse Family Partnership pairs registered nurses with low-income, first time mothers, early in pregnancy, to offer support, education and assistance to a mother through the first two years of the baby’s life. With the goals of improving prenatal care, improving healthy child development and improving family circumstances, the nurses provide personalized care to the mother and infant. Damaged by Tropical Strom Imelda caused supplies to be ruined, therefore, the Junior League of Beaumont offered funds to purchase 40 safety gates that are used in the homes to promote safety.
Orange County Action Association provides several services to the elderly and disabled populations in Orange County. One of the more prominent services they provide is their Meals on Wheel program, serving hot nutritious meals once a day to those in need. The Junior League of Beaumont offers a grant in the amount of $1,000 to assist this organization in providing this service.
Southeast Texas Food Bank feeds hungry children with their Back Pack Program, offering qualifying children nutritious meals ever weekend in the school year. The program will distribute to children in over 40 schools in the area and The Junior League of Beaumont is proud to support these efforts by providing $2,200 to purchase food for this program.
The St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians is an outreach program to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals in the community. Every year they host a neighborhood HealthCheck, offering several medical services at no cost. This year, The Junior League of Beaumont will provide $2,000 in assistance of having a Mobile Mammography Van at the event.
Ubi Caritas strives to provide accessible, affordable and health education to the people of South East Texas. The organization was impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda and requires assistance in replacing many of the items lost. The Junior League of Beaumont is happy to assist in the recovery by providing $1,177 for the purchase of replacement medical supplies.
In Spring 2020, the Junior League of Beaumont is prepared to award more CAF grants to qualifying organizations in the community. If you are interested or know of an organization that would benefit, please contact the CAF Grant Chair, Nicole MacCallum at email@example.com or 361-813-9282.
The CAF Grant Committee would like to thank all those involved in making these contributions to the community possible. We look forward to Spring 2020 CAF Grant applicants!