10 Reasons Why You & Your Family Need to be at the 5th Annual Touch-A-Touch Event!

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The Junior League of Phoenix is excited to announce our 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event which will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9AM – 1PM at Aviano Community Park in Phoenix. Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery such as, construction trucks, emergency responder vehicles, tractor trailers, utility trucks and more! Here are the top 10 reasons why you can’t miss out on this exciting event:

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  1. MEET & LEARN: You and your family will have the opportunity to meet many of the people who build, protect and serve the Valley communities, while also learning about some of the vehicles, equipment, etc. they use through a hands-on experience.
  2. HONK THE HORN: Not only will your kids learn about the vehicles and equipment, they’ll also have the opportunity to get inside and honk the horn on police cars, trucks, buses, tractors and more! TAT2
  3. BOUNCE AROUND: Who doesn’t love bounce houses and inflatable slides? We know your kids do and we’ll have all of that and more at the event.
  4. EAT UP: From shaved ice to burgers we’ll have a wide variety of on-site food trucks that will be sure to satisfy the whole family.
  5. JUST DANCE: Enjoy the day with music from a live DJ and dance your heart out with the kiddos. TAT3
  6. GET ARTSY: Kids can enjoy choosing from a variety of face painting designs by a talented face painter.
  7. MOM TIME: This year we’re also offering a “Mom Lounge”, an enclosed tent with a changing station, a place for mothers to nurse, and a place to just take a second to relax!
  8. BALLOON ANIMALS: No event would be complete without a balloon animal or two.
  9. COMMUNITY BUILDING: You’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of the women of the Junior League of Phoenix and learn about a handful of the Programs we provide, such as our annual HealthFest, ROCKETS program, and more! TAT4.jpg
  10. FOR A CAUSE: Last but certainly not least, your attendance helps build a better community through your support of Touch-A-Truck and the Junior League of Phoenix.

We look forward to seeing you there! To learn more and purchase tickets just CLICK HERE.

 

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ASK ME ABOUT MY DRESS: THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PHOENIX JOINS MOVEMENT TO RAISE POVERTY AWARENESS

Little Black Dress Initiative is Making Poverty and Food Insecurity Unfashionable

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PHOENIX – September 21, 2017 — The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) is participating in the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) Oct. 2-6, a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness for the effects of poverty. During the campaign, JLP will be raising funds to support its mission which includes community programs that combat food insecurity in Phoenix, which supports the League’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.”

As part of LBDI, nearly 100 JLP members will wear the same black dress for five days in a row as a symbol for the lack of resources and choices available to individuals and families living in poverty. Participants will wear a button that reads, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to encourage ongoing dialogue among colleagues, friends, family members and beyond around poverty and the effects it has on the Phoenix community.

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Studies show that low-income and underserved communities often have limited access to stores that sell healthy foods, especially nutritious fruits and vegetables. Children with limited resources often have difficulty succeeding in school due to hunger and malnutrition. In Arizona, more than 1 million people are struggling with hunger – nearly 390,000 of them are children.

The Junior League of Phoenix’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona” is centered on the idea that all Phoenicians should have access to healthy food and to the information that can help them improve their families’ health. JLP supports this focus area through programs addressing: (1) food insecurity/food access; and (2) nutrition and obesity.

Funds raised from the LBDI campaign will benefit JLP’s community impact partners and community programs including:

  • Kids in the Kitchen – a program focused on teaching kids and families about nutritional food choices and healthy activities
  • United Way’s Ending Hunger in the Classroom – a program that addresses food insecurity in school-aged children
  • Kids Cook with Heart – an initiative that provides hands-on healthy cooking classes that seeks to combat childhood obesity

“We’re proud to take part in the Little Black Dress Initiative this year,” said Cathy Comer, president of the Junior League of Phoenix. “We’re focused on fostering conversations between our members, nonprofit organizations and people in the community on how we can work together to affect change through public advocacy. Our goal is to ensure that Phoenix is a healthy place to live and grow for everyone.”

Launched in 2014 by the Junior League of London, Junior League organizations around the globe have adopted the Little Black Dress Initiative to support various issues surrounding poverty.

To donate to JLP’s Little Black Dress Initiative, click here.

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) Engages in Powerful Partnerships to Move the Food Needle

JLP Community Leadership and Outreach Committee & Public Affairs Committee hosted a discussion with food leaders from government, nonprofits, and local business on September 6 at the first General Membership Meeting of the league year.

“We are thought leaders and when 1,000 JLP ladies speak with the same voice everyone listensTrue, Junior League of Phoenix may not give millions in grant money each year, but we don’t have to because our true power is in our collective 1,000 member voice on food issues.  I urge all JLP ladies to be thought leaders on food issues by using your JLP member voice to Tweet, Facebook, Snapchat, or blog about your support of food system development.Cathy Brown, Chair (CLO).

Building a Healthy Arizona requires paying attention to everyone’s basic needs from a health perspective. In this regard, access to healthy foods is critical, and many stakeholders have focused on food.  Unfortunately, programs working in silos cannot do enough to address the issues that face the “food to table” industry and get healthy nutritious food in the tummies of all Arizonans.

Moving the needle will require us all to work together…New efforts have sprung up throughout Arizona with the goal of producing sustainable, local, healthy food resources in areas of production, distribution, recycling and legislative policy which allows all people to have access to healthy affordable food.

Based on the emergence of the Maricopa County Food Coalition, Junior League’s Community Leadership and Public Affairs Committee will host a community discussion on the successful work of the Coalition which includes more than 50 members from government, nonprofits, farming, transportation, business, schools, pre-schools, food pantries and many more.

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The intent of the panel discussion is to:

  1. Inform Junior Leagues 1,000 members of what is currently happening in the food system.
  2. Highlight the importance of collectively working together to move the food, nutrition & access needle.

Highlight Junior League as a thought leader in this important area by encouraging our members to use their collective voice to support food system development, which supports our focus area to ensuring all Arizonans have access and information to healthy food.

Creating a Food System will Enable All People in our community to have access to healthy nutritious food and grow our local economy!  In the past many people worked on food access, but we had little impact because we were not working together.  When governments, organizations, businesses, and communities work together they have larger impact and create meaningful and long-lasting community change. 

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2017 JLP Community Ambassador of the Year

Congratulations to Pam Giannonatti!

In every group, there are many that go above and beyond the call of duty. This year the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) recognized Pam Giannonatti as the 2017 Community Ambassador of the Year at the May Annual General Membership Meeting!

Since joining as a Community Ambassador in 2015, Pam has provided the JLP with a wealth of knowledge and has supported numerous of our JLP fundraisers and events.  As the Community Relations Manager for Fry’s Food Stores, she maintains and supports the partnership between Fry’s and the JLP. This partnership has resulted in over $32,000 worth the funding since 2010! We are so grateful to have Pam Giannonatti as a Community Ambassador and we would like to thank you for your continued service to the Junior League of Phoenix.

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Join us!

Women today are busier than ever, but want the chance to build skills, contribute to the community and develop friendships. The Junior League of Phoenix gives women these opportunities in a fun team-oriented effort. Our members also enjoy year round volunteer opportunities, engage in leadership training and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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combo_stacked_centered_webThe Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) empowers women through leadership training and development to take action in their community. Our members are leaders in the community and involved in hands-on opportunities to positively impact & better Phoenix – currently we are impacting Phoenix by:

    • Empowering youth to adopt healthy habits and reverse the growth of childhood obesity in Maricopa County through our Kids in the Kitchen program.
    • Developing the math and science skills of pre-kindergarten children by way of our R.O.C.K.E.T.S. program (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science)
    • Bringing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and providing community health resources to the residents of downtown Phoenix and Tempe as a founding partner of the Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle mobile market
    • Offering health and wellness programming and other child-focused events and activities through partnerships with the Phoenix Rescue Mission Changing Lives Center and the Phoenix Day Health Links program.

Who is Eligible?

Total membership in The Junior League of Phoenix exceeds 1,100. Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. Over 100 women are accepted into the Provisional new member group each Spring.

A prospective member must be a woman with an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service, and an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation.

Prospective members must be at least 22 years of age. There is no maximum age.

How to Join

The Junior League of Phoenix welcomes new members in the late spring. Each woman is required to attend one of the Information Sessions held March-May to be considered for Provisional membership. Once accepted into the Junior League of Phoenix, the Provisional new member course provides education, training about the structure of The Junior League of Phoenix and our role in the community. Provisional members also have the opportunity to participate in “hands-on” activities, fundraising events and numerous social activities throughout the year. Successful completion of the Provisional new member course prepares Provisional Members for Active membership in one of the many Junior League committees.

Available Information Sessions

It is required for all potential members to attend an information session. At this session, you will meet active members, get an overview of the provisional program and required components, and receive an application. Sign up for one of our twelve info sessions, many of which are graciously hosted in the homes of our members.

To sign up for an information session, click here! If you have any questions please reach out to Jessica Eldridge at Jessica.w.eldridge@gmail.com .

Date

Host Area(address lsted in sign up link)

Tuesday April 11

6-7:30pm

The Home of Dana Brown North Phoenix

Saturday, April 15

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Danielle Arsenault Scottsdale

Tuesday, April 18

6-7:30pm

The Home of Stephanie O’Connell Arcadia

Friday April 28

6-7:30pm

The Home of Farrah Hauke Old Town Scottsdale

Sunday April 30

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Jessica Eldridge West Valley

Wednesday May 3

6-7:30pm

Phoenix Country Club (precedes the JLP General Membership Meeting) Central Phoenix

Monday May 8

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kathy Mitchell Central Phoenix

Tuesday May 16

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kristi Ward East Valley

Don’t Miss Out! The White Party is THIS Saturday!

Join the Junior League of Phoenix for the Fourth Annual White Party!

Mix, mingle and dance the night away at the 4th Annual White Party!  With ladies and gents dressed to impressed in their best all-white cocktail attire, it is sure to be a night to remember.

WHEN:  April 8, 2017,  7 pm – 10 pm

Advance/Will Call Tickets will be available for purchase online before the event. Early Bird Ticket Prices – $65 through MARCH 31st, $70 April 2nd and after

A limited number of tickets are also available the day of the event.
Purchase tickets here.

WHEREThe W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

WHY:  The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  All proceeds from Touch-A-Truck benefit local community programs and training sponsored by The Junior League of Phoenix.  For more information on these programs, visit the “Community Impact” page.
WANT MORE?  Read about the Third Annual White Party on the Junior League of Phoenix blog here, here and here.
QUESTIONS:  Please contact the Junior League of Phoenix at jlp.news@jlp.org for more information.

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Thank you to our 2017 generous sponsors!


CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Rachel Egboro, The Storyline Collective and The Whole Story

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

Rachel EgboroAmong the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit is Rachel Egboro, whose passion for the community has inspired her to create spaces for others to find their voice through storytelling. For the past four years, Rachel worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator at First Things First. In this role, she has raised awareness about the importance of early childhood development and education. Rachel is excited to continue raising support for the next generation of Arizonans in her new role as the Strategic Partnerships and Development Manager.

Rachel is also the brains behind a new storytelling event called The Whole Story.  Rachel isn’t new to the Phoenix storytelling scene as she’s co-produced live events with The Storyline. However, The Whole Story is Rachel’s response to the events that have occurred over the past couple of years. She saw a need to create a space where every day experiences of black people in Arizona could be told.  The show debuted to a sold-out crowd and coincided with the final weekend of the groundbreaking Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. Rachel hopes that The Whole Story will provide an opportunity for the community to come together and will inspire conversations for the future.

Speaking of the future, Rachel is hosting a series of workshops called Telling The Whole Story for people of all ages who are interested in telling their story on stage. Rachel is passionate about intergenerational sharing because she believes wisdom comes from both the wealth of experience of older generations and the innocent curiosity of younger generations.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked. Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

Join the JLP Foundation for Arizona Gives Day 2017!

Let’s Come Together on April 4th, Arizona Gives Day, To Support The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation!
az gives 1.pngToday, April 4th, we celebrate Arizona Gives Day with thousands of nonprofits from all over the state.
Arizonans like YOU can unite and support their favorite nonprofit(s) for exactly 24 hours of virtual giving. This day of fundraising is a community-led effort to invest in our state.
This year, thanks to a private donor, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation will receive an additional $20 for each donation made on April 4th!

Over the past 12 years, the Foundation has fostered and sustained the mission and community impact of the Junior League of Phoenix through stewardship of financial resources.az gives 2
“Investing in our local nonprofits is vital for our community. JLPF is a great example of the power of people coming together for change, and together we can reach our next milestone of $500,000  in total funds raised. – Cathy Brown, Foundation Board member.
TO DONATE: Please click HERE to help support the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation on this very special day!
The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation has been on a journey for the past 12 years to foster and sustain the mission and community impact of the Junior League of Phoenix through stewardship of financial resources.

The Foundation has granted back $90,383 to the JLP. Funding has included:

  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • R.O.C.K.E.T.S.
  • Director of Operations Training
  • Two league-wide trainings for all members
  • Sending members to Organizational Development Training and to Southwest Exchange
  • Fully funding CLO (Community Leadership & Outreach) program
  • Training members of PAC (Public A airs Committee) at the Annual Conference.
Thank you for your support because together we can make a difference!

Sincerely,

The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Board of Directors

Last Chance! White Party Early Bird Rates End Today!

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Last Chance! Early Bird Rates for the White Party End Today


Mix, Mingle, and Dance the Night Away

With ladies and gents dressed to impressed in their best all-white cocktail attire, the 4th annual Junior League of Phoenix White Party is sure to be a night to remember.

New to the event this year is a custom cigar experience courtesy of The Cigar Guys Int’l and the musical stylings of Miguel de Maria. Guests can also join the Kendra Scott mystery box, enjoy one complimentary custom cocktail, and raffle prizes!

THE WHITE PARTY
April 8, 2017 | 7-10 p.m.
W Scottsdale

WHEN:  April 8, 2017,  7 pm – 10 pm

Advance/Will Call Tickets will be available for purchase online before the event. Early Bird Ticket Prices – $65 through March 31, $70 April 1 and after. Purchase Your Tickets Today!


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Kendra Scott
Snell & Wilmer
Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek
 North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care
Northwestern Mutual
Chloe Wine Collection
Wittenburg Photography

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CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Rebecca Clyde, Ideas Collide

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for the ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

Rebecca ClydeAmong our fabulous presenters will be featured Rebecca Clyde of Ideas Collide. Rebecca is the CXO of Ideas Collide and founder of an early stage chatbot startup, Botco.ai. She leads Ideas Collide’s technology industry practice, innovation and marketing automation strategies. Prior to founding Ideas Collide, Rebecca was responsible for managing Intel’s embedded brand. During her time at Intel, she launched more than 50 Intel products, managed campaigns across multiple media channels and developed a public relations program that garnered unprecedented media coverage for Intel’s embedded technologies. Rebecca has been recognized on the “35 Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger” list published by The Arizona Republic and is a recipient of Arizona Governor’s Mentorship Award. She was recently recognized as the 2016 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year in the private sector by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. A native Spanish speaker, Rebecca was born in Costa Rica and spent her formative years in Chile, Argentina and Paraguay. She holds an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. in communications from Brigham Young University.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked. Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.