Junior League of Collin County awards $60,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Collin County received a $6,600 donation from the Junior League of Collin County in May. The Collin County received a $6,600 donation from the Junior League of Collin County in May.[/caption]

The Junior League of Collin County recently awarded $60,000 worth of donations to 12 local nonprofit organizations through its community grants program. The organizations were honored at a check presentation and reception on May 26.

The league selects a number of recipients each year  to support their proposed programs, ranging from providing resources for survivors of family violence, support for low-income families and seniors, education and enrichment programs, children’s health and more.

“We were pleased to have received applications for so many innovative programs which serve the needs in Collin County,” said Julie DeHan, Chair of the Community Grants Committee, in a press release. “It is wonderful to know that the JLCC has such a strong network of partners serving to improve life in our community.”

The community grant selection process is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of collaboration among nonprofit service providers, said Angie Adams, Junior League president. It also allows the league to combine financial resources, member volunteer hours and its leadership to support the most critical needs in Collin County. The league also provides ongoing support in the form of an advisory role, nonprofit management education, volunteer support and amplifying the awareness for the issue area.

“Community grants enable the Junior League of Collin County to partner with local nonprofit agencies to implement programs which will have significant impact on our community,” Adams said in a press release. “The JLCC is proud to partner with these organizations to further our mission in Collin County.”

With approximately 1,000 members, the JLCC is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the leadership of trained volunteers. The organization provides outreach and support to more than 110 local agencies each year.

Awards from the 2015 Junior League of Collin County Community Grant will go to support the following organizations:

Collin County Committee on Aging, Inc., McKinney ($6,600)

To support the Senior Safety Net program, which provides assistance to 40 low-income, at-risk seniors. The money will provide 10 seniors with emergency alert response buttons and service, as well as assist an additional 30 seniors with medical and dental expenses.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco ($4,695)

To sponsor the expansion of the “Check Out Science” program, which provides free family passes to Sci-Tech. Money will sponsor three passes to be put into Title I elementary libraries for use by low-income students.

Museum of the American Railroad, Frisco ($2,647)

To sponsor technology and enable students with mobility issues and special needs to participate in the tour of certain artifacts and exhibits at the museum.

Community Lifeline Center, McKinney ($5,000)

To help provide financial support to North Collin County families who are at-risk of homelessness due to an unexpected and necessary financial expense.

Emily’s Place, Inc., Plano ($5,000)

To help provide financial support for housing expenses and direct services for the 28 women and children of the Transformational Housing Program, including counseling, childcare, clothing, groceries and education.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, McKinney ($10,000)

To sponsor the Sensory Trail and Garden, a 1,000-ft trail that includes design elements to stimulate the senses of riders with disabilities.

Hope’s Door, Inc., Plano ($5,000)

To sponsor the expansion of the Transitional Housing Program by adding additional rental units for survivors of domestic violence.

Assistance League of Greater Collin County, Plano ($5,000)

To aid in providing clothing and hygiene kits to 50 extremely low-income students in the Collin County area.

Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano ($3,600)

Funds will go to support the Collin County Future Farmers of America Sheep and Goat Showmanship Clinic, which will take place at the museum this November.Funds will be used to pay for the 10-month program and instructional opportunities throughout the year.

Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Plano ($5,000)

To purchase of eight iPads to be used in the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Plano. The iPads will allow trained staff at the Center to teach teens strategies to manage social media pressures.

Strengthening Families of North Texas, Plano ($4,250)

To fund the expansion of the Family Well-Being program, which provides at-risk families parenting classes, home visits, private counseling, and monthly group counseling sessions.

The Bridge Breast Network, Dallas ($5,000)

To help provide breast health information to approximately 500 individuals; patient navigation and/or referral services to 100 individuals; and potential breast cancer treatment services to up to 2 individuals in Collin County.

For more information about the Junior League of Collin County, visit www.jlcollincounty.org.