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

 

12 March – JLSD Charter Day

charterdaywebbanner2017v3JLSD’s Charter Day luncheon brings together League members of all generations and friends to celebrate the JLSD’s rich history of work serving the San Diego community.

Join us Sunday, March 12th at Paradise Point Resort and Spa’s Sunset Ballroom for the 88th JLSD Charter Day celebration luncheon.

Guest Speaker: Gayle Wilson, former JLSD President (1978-1979) and First Lady of California (1991-1999), a remarkable woman, community activist and a career volunteer.

Tickets: $40 includes lunch, complimentary parking, and no host bar. Boutique with JLSD items featured from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed 12:00 to 2:00 pm by the luncheon and guest speaker.

 

4 March – Legislations & Libations

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It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?

JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!

Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.

 

 

Community Partners Breakfast

The Junior League of San Diego’s Community Outreach Council hosted the 5th Annual Community Partners Breakfast on February 16th at the downtown Girl Scouts Headquarters. This collaboration of JLSD TAY advocates and community leaders enjoyed a buffet breakfast while discussing future plans for JLSD’s upcoming Solution Summit 22 – 23 March 2017 , and on-going efforts and outcomes by our TAY Task Forces.
Laura Tancredi-Baese, CEO of Home-Start, and Susie Terry, Project Specialist with the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and Homeless Education Services, San Diego County Office of Education, each spoke about TAY and how housing policies impact their success and growth.

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Laura Tancredi-Baese of Home Start.

February Volunteers of the Month

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Angela Venuti, Fund Development Marketing Chair, Marketing Council

Angela is the wonderful JLSD volunteer responsible for securing the great media coverage for Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash. She is the communication glue between Marketing and Fund Development for all of our events and keeps everything on track.  Our fundraising efforts would not be as successful without you and we can’t wait to see the coverage for Food and Wine in May.  We know you’ll knock it out of the park! Way to go Angela!

Brand of Brothers Event Huge Success

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On February 23rd the Junior League of San Diego hosted the very first Brand of Brothers at The Waterfront Park for TAY Men in our community:

· Over 70 young TAY men attended the event
· They were entertained by  Gill SOTU
· They were inspired by Dairrick Hodges
· They got pampered with free haircuts and hygiene kit backpacks
· They got professional and casual clothing
· They received services and counseling in career, mental health, sex/family planning, housing

The event was a big success and we couldn’t have done it without our community partners: Think DignityUrban Street AngelsSea World San DiegoSan Diego Urban Beats, SDYS Outreach, Scissorhandz Barbershop – Inside Famart, Project Aware, County of San Diego Parks and Recreation, Barrios Tacos, Churros “El Tigre”Transit San Diego