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.
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!
Cassie Muntz, Food and Wine Festival Committee, Fund Development Council
Cassie has returned to the Food & Wine Logistics Committee and has brought back her great experience and knowledge to the team. She has been extremely helpful in helping to secure all the Food & Wine contracts and has even secured a $1,500 sponsor. Cassie is a wonderful member of the Food & Wine committee and we are lucky to have her. Can’t wait to see the fruits of her labor in May!
Kate Scro, Membership Connections Committee, Membership Council
Above and beyond doesn’t do justice to this Membership Connections member. She organizes fantastic event after fantastic event and just when you think everything’s been done, she comes up with more. Just an example of some of her events: Floating Yogis, Succulent Wreath-Making, Mermaid Fitness at the Del, Rock Climbing at Vertical Hold, Cycling at Pure…This member is A TREASURE to the Membership Connections committee and all of JLSD.
Ali Head, Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash Chair, Fund Development Council
Who can you call when you need to find 15 eligible bachelors that can get the job done? Thank you Ali for working tirelessly on Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash ensuring that it was a huge success. She went above and beyond and lead her committee every step of the way. Your efforts are recognized and appreciated!
Today marks the first day the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) joins The Little Black Dress Initiative (#TheLBDI) – a global mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”
When we consider the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity and limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.
The Junior League of San Diego has a long-standing tradition supporting foster youth. Therefore, throughout this #TheLBDI week, February 6-10, 2017, our Junior League of San Diego members will wear one black dress for five days to spark a conversation about foster youth and how everyone can help break their cycle of poverty.
The Junior League of San Diego invites YOU to join the cause. Lend your voice to our mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.” When you see see your JLSD friend, neighbor, or colleague supporting The Little Black Dress Initiative this week, consider:
- sharing your own experience with poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
- sharing your efforts to help others overcome poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
- sharing the name of a local organization working effectively to eliminate poverty in our community, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
- sharing your support of the Junior League of San Diego member’s commitment to “Making Poverty Unfashionable,” by donating to the Annual Fund. #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
Poverty is real in our community. Join us this week by sharing your #TheLBDI #WhyIJLSD #JLSDDoesLBD story. Together, we can become a stronger voice as JLSD works to advocate for those less fortunate.
Crystal Arnote, Main Event Chair, Fund Development Council
Who was that beautiful, elegant woman running around the Junior League of San Diego’s Main Event? Crystal Arnote began working on the new signature fund development event well before this league year started. She spent countless hours working on the event and leading her committee. Thank you for not being fearful of forging into unknown territory for JLSD and helping us on the path to achieving a strategic fundraising goal. The Main Event was a roaring success and you set the bar high for events to come!