The Junior League of Miami, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Inn Transition is a creative and vital answer to transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. In a partnership created with Miami-Dade County, these apartment facilities provides housing, counseling, and child-care for a period of three to 24 months for families. The facility needs JLM volunteers' help to continue to provide a safe living environment for shelter residents.
Coordinated Victims Assistance Center
Miami-Dade County's Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) provides intervention and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their dependent children. CVAC has been in operation since October 2008 and coordinates the services of 33 onsite partners that collectively offer a range of services for victims and their dependent children. In 2011, the Center assisted over 2,400 individuals and families, in part thanks to JLM volunteers.
Done In A Day
Done in a Day is a signature JLM community project that assists local organizations with short-term events within the League's focus areas. These projects and events can be accomplished in one day. Past events have included assisting Lotus House in creating a meditation garden and establishing the Beehive Module at the Miami Museum of Science. We concentrate our resources on making an impact within the areas of family violence and the health, education, and welfare of women and children in our community.
Since 2008, a parade of doggies, owners and a committed group of children meet once a month to practice their reading skills. The purpose of the program is to give children the opportunity to get comfortable about reading out loud in public. Often times, when a child is forced to learn, especially in an environment where the spotlight is on them, they may feel frustrated or get agitated. When a child can’t keep up or on catch on quickly enough their self-esteem is bruised and their confidence damaged. Interacting with therapy dogs immediately calms them down so they can start to learn. Timid readers begin to blossom when there is “creature comfort”within reach and while this seems to be just ‘canine social time,’ it allows children to begin to express themselves without fear of judgment or failure.
The Junior League’s partnership in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Paws 2 Read program has garnered kudos from parents, children and curious library patrons who pass by and see the furry creatures enjoying a good book! For the 20 children who participate in the 90-minute program, they first respond to their furry friend’s cuteness and then gradually move into opening a book to share a story with their new buddy. Parents are able monitor their child’s reading skills: word knowledge, word retention and ease of reading while observing the interaction between their child and the dog.
There is no doubt that the Paws 2 Read program is a great motivational tool.
Kathryn Menke Miller Community Service Awards
The Junior League of Miami awards college scholarships to high school senior girls who demonstrate exceptional service to their community, both in and outside of school, while excelling in their academics.
Vice President of Finance
Executive Vice President
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.