September Volunteers of the Month

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Rebecca Sappenfield, Mission Based Marketing Chair, Marketing Council

Rebecca’s passion to help the league is contagious. Through her hard work and dedication, her commitment to promoting the mission and brand of the league, and assisting to increase awareness of its members is very apparent. Over the months on June and July, Rebecca accomplished a feat that has never been done before! Her drive and hard work resulted in six league members being recognized for the San Diego Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. Thank you Rebecca for your passion for promoting our membership through these types of community awards, and getting Junior League of San Diego’s name out there in the community.

Making An Impact: JLSD Volunteers at Relay For Life

Cancer has touched many of us in some way, so we decided to fight back by raising funds and walking in our local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event August 20th. As a team, we are taking action to help eliminate cancer as a major health problem. At our Relay event, we took turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in their lifesaving mission.

So proud of our members for participating and raising $1,255.00 !

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September Volunteers of the Month

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Larissa South, Impact Chair, Community Council

Larissa transferred to JLSD at the beginning of the 2015-2016 League year and has already made a huge impact with her enthusiasm and passion for volunteering. Over the course of the summer, Larissa proved that there is no down-time for Community Council.  Over the months of July and August, Larissa coordinated over 21 Impact shifts, totaling more than 375 volunteer hour. Thank you Larissa for collaborating with so many community partners, making connections with new ones, and providing our membership with opportunities to make an impact in the community.

Community Partner Spotlight: Just in Time for Foster Youth

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The Junior League of San Diego is a proud partner of Just in Time for Foster Youth.  This incredible organization engages a caring community to help transitioning foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

Just in Time for Foster Youth envisions a future in which every youth leaving the foster care system has a community of caring adults waiting for them after 18. They believe consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for the success of our youth so that they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives. JLSD and Just in Time have had a longstanding relationship, collaborating on volunteer opportunities, working together at Solutions Summit and mutually supporting TAY focused events in the community.

Click here for more information about Just in Time for Foster Youth.

 

Making An Impact: JLSD Volunteers at the 21st Annual Symphony at Salk…A Concert Under The Stars

Junior League of San Diego volunteered at the 21st Annual Symphony at Salk, A Concert Under the Stars. This event featured the extraordinary San Diego Symphony conducted by Maestro Thomas Wilkins, plus guest artist and 2015 Tony Award winner, Kelli O’Hara. Ms. O’Hara’s work has been seen both on and off Broadway as well as on the silver screen. It was a truly lovely event and JLSD was honored to attend and assist!

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Making an Impact: Helping Foster Youth Feel Confident with Back To School Gear

Remember those few weeks just before school started and all you wanted were those new pair of kicks? Or that rockin’ shirt you saw Suzie sporting last week? And you spent time organizing, color coding, and putting you notebooks and school pack together. In the case of foster youth,  the privilege to get those clothing and supplies is not always as readily available.

Promises2Kids, a leading nonprofit organization, since 1981, has responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,300 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance needed to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults.

Thanks to the generous support of a community member, Promises2Kids was excited to hold their Back To School shopping event last month. In August, the Junior League of San Diego joined up with Promises2Kids Back To School shopping event, worked 3 shifts, totaling over 30 hours. Hundreds of foster youth were able to go shopping last weekend to stock up on the back to school clothing and supplies enabling them to start the new school year with confidence.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel prepared, bold, and self assured on their first day of school, and we were happy to help! Check out th photos below of our amazing ladies volunteering at the Promises2Kids Back To School shopping event.

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A Leader’s List: 5 Ways to Keep Volunteers Engaged

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1. MAKE OUR VOLUNTEERS FEEL NEEDED AND APPRECIATED. 

Everyone loves to feel appreciated. Recognition, a simple thank you, and showing appreciation goes a very long way. As often as you task your committee members with “jobs to do,” spend an equal amount of time showing acknowledgement and appreciation. As humans, there’s no motivation as powerful as knowing that you’ve made a difference.

2. ASK COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO HELP IN SPECIFIC, ACTIONABLE WAYS

The best volunteers are those who have a sense of ownership of their project. Make expectations clear.  Some people like checklists. Literally, list steps 1-10.  Some people like to add their own twist and change things up. When is that ok? When is it not? Be explicit about the beginning-middle-and end of a project. What does that look like? What outcome is expected? What skills are needed to get from point A to point B? Note important dates. Send reminders. 

3. STAY CONNECTED AND ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION

Keep in touch with your committee on a consistent basis. With the increase of social media, email, texting and the like, communication is easier than ever. Well, it should be, right!? Recognize and respect that favored modes of communication vary from person to person. Ask members how they most like to communicate; be it a phone call, text, snail mail, or email. When action is needed, set dates to reply by.  Set up follow-up trainings on best practices with relevant and necessary information including updates on what’s current with committee tasks.

4. DEVELOP A COMMUNITY OF “WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!”

Build a sense of community among your committee. They should feel connected to each other and not just to the task at hand. Email threads can be helpful in this regard, but there’s no substitute for good, old-fashioned interaction…in person. Hold a face to face meeting. Collaborate. Together. Consistently.

5. BE A REFLECTIVE LEADER

You are a leader because your peers chose you. Be proud of that in itself! Reflect on your role and how it fits into the bigger picture. “Think back and look forward.” How can it be better next time? What was successful? What was challenging? What would you have done differently? What advice do you have for the next person who takes on your leadership role? Most of all, be proud and share that pride with your volunteers.