JLSD Volunteers of the Month

Sheridan Mulphurs and Julie Montgomery have spearheaded the new “Active Member” Mentor Program within Junior League of San Diego (JLSD).

After spending countless hours researching other League’s programs, they created a detailed program designed for JLSD to further support and engage first through third year new actives.   These two ladies have been instrumental to the Training Council and the League!  Thank you!

JLSD Volunteer of the Month

Have you been wondering why Junior League of San Diego’s Membership Connections has had a million awesome events?  Kate Jackson is the answer!

Kate Jackson has planned bingo, brunch morning hikes, the upcoming Temecula Wine tour and much more.  Thank you, Kate, for giving us so many fun opportunities to come together.

JLSD Volunteer of the Month

Junior League of San Diego is excited to announce that Elise Fornaca has been selected as our Volunteer of the month.

Ms. Fornaca has been such an invaluable member of the Food & Wine committee, serving both on the marketing subcommittee and now the procurement committee.  She’s gone above-and-beyond when it comes to identifying diversified revenue opportunities and has been a pleasure to have on the committee.

Congratulations, Elise!

Community Partner Spotlight: Walden Family Services

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JLSD is a proud partner of Walden Family Services.  A nationally-recognized foster care, adoption, and youth services agency that shares Henry David Thoreau’s vision for personal growth, our individual rights and responsibilities as members of a community, and a life that celebrates the richness of natural diversity.

Their staff of highly trained social work professionals and licensed therapists supports birth, foster and adoptive families and the community in caring for more than 265 children and youth—many who have physical or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, who identify as LGBTQ, or who are part of large sibling groups. Preparing families to care for children with special health care needs or disabilities allows kids to grow up in families, rather than in hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, or group homes and congregate care facilities. Most important, living with a family helps children and youth build relationships, which are the foundation for learning, social-emotional well-being, and successful, fulfilling lives.

Headquartered in San Diego County, Walden Family Services operates district offices throughout Southern California. Walden holds accreditations from a number of regional and national organizations, including the California Alliance of Child and Family ServicesCARF and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children—All Families initiative. Walden staff also serve on the Cultural Competency Committee of the national Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.

Walden Family Services has been helping foster children and adoptive families throughout Southern California for 41 years.  To learn even more about this incredible community partner, click here.

Solutions Summit 2017

What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.

image4[1] Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)

 

This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.

Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:

  1. Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
  2. Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
  3. Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.

All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.

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Community Partner Spotlight: Voices for Children

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JLSD is a proud partner of Voices for Children.  They believe every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.

Voices for Children’s 1,500 CASA volunteers come from every ethnicity, background, income level, age, and profession. They pass several levels of screenings and interviews, and pass our rigorous training program of 35+ hours. Being a CASA is an extraordinary responsibility, not something suited to everyone. And those who do qualify are the elite and the best; one child described them as “big brothers with super powers.” CASAs who reported their time last year have donated approximately 64,000 hours. According to Independent Sector, the leadership network for America’s charitable and philanthropic sector, this contributed time could be valued at nearly $1.7 million.

Their volunteers perform miracles, often changing lives and bringing joy to their case children, yet also face anger, rejection, and mistrust from children who have been betrayed by adults. The stakes are very high for these children, yet studies show that CASA volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of their children.

Learn more about this incredible community partner here.

A Q&A with the Food & Wine Festival Chairs

2017 Food & Wine Festival Chairs: Jessica deLinde, Jen Burton, Camile Salleh and Caitlin McCarty

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Food & Wine Festival: A Kentucky Derby Affair!

May 6, 2017

 Preparations for the Food & Wine Festival are well underway! Food & Wine Festival Chairs Camile, Jessica, Caitlin and Jen gave us their insights on what they love most about the event and why it’s important to JLSD…

Q: Why were you drawn to chair the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: With over 1,000 attendees, the F&W Festival is the biggest fundraiser event for JLSD. The money we raise is used to support our mission, including our community programs to support transition-age foster youth and training opportunities within the league.

 Q: What is your favorite part of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: Our favorite part is watching the derby race! The excitement is contagious. 2017 will be the annual event’s 19th year and the fun seems to grow each year. Can we also say the food and drinks? We partner with over 60 food and beverage distributors to make the day amazing!

 Q: What is the history of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: The event was originally named Island Divine that started as a small fundraiser held at 210 Maple. Each year, it had a different island theme. In 2013, it was renamed the Food and Wine Festival and introduced a Kentucky Derby theme for the first time. It was so popular, that we’ve kept the derby theme ever since.

 Q: Is the Food & Wine Festival important to the League?

A: Absolutely. As a non-profit organization, the funds we raise during the event are crucial to the continued operations of JLSD. The money we make goes directly to our mission to promote volunteerism, developing the potential of women through training opportunities and improving the community.

Q: How does the Food & Wine Festival connect us to the community?

A: Our fundraisers are the main avenue to reaching the public, and we use them not just to raise money, but also to promote all the amazing programs JLSD offers to the community.

Q: What has been the biggest benefit of being a leader in the Food & Wine committee?

A: Running an event this big is a huge responsibility and sometimes feels like organized chaos, but the friendships we make and the organizational skills we learn are invaluable.

Q: What can we look forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: We’ll have delicious tastings, tons of auction items to bid on and great entertainment throughout the day. We’ll even be doing a big car raffle for a Subaru Forester lease with all the bells and whistles included! (Shout out to Frank Subaru for their huge donation!). We’ve also moved the day up to start at noon instead of 1pm so you can start the day earlier!

 Q: What is the most helpful way for a Junior League member to contribute to the Food & Wine Festival?

A: We need everyone’s help to spread the word about the event – by encouraging friends to buy tickets and acquiring sponsors. As we’ve been known to say…”No one can do everything, but everyone can do something to support JLSD”.

Join us on May 6th at La Jolla Cove.  Check us out at www.jlsdfoodandwine.com