Tis the Season to Serve: JLP Community Impact

JLP finished 2015 strong, completing 18 shifts with Dress for Success, Chrysalis, Ryan House, Hope and a Future, Girl Scouts, UMOM, St. Mary’s and the Children’s Museum!  From August through December, JLP provisional’s, actives and sustainers have completed 1496 hours of service! We are well on our way as a League to surpassing our annual goal of 1800 community impact hours in 2016.

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Phoenix Day Health Links – Nutrition Night

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Phoenix Day Health Links and the Junior League of Phoenix recently joined forces for our first Nutrition Night of the 2015-2016 year! About 25 families (60 people) attended the event at Central Park in Phoenix and had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious bowl of vegetarian chili and Greek yogurt parfait for dessert while learning the benefits of eating a vegetarian meal.

The kids enjoyed fun physical activities like a water balloon toss, an activity wheel, musical chairs and hop scotch.  Our focus for these events is to teach the community a healthy option for dinner, show them how to prepare it and have them enjoy it right there! Fun, family friendly activities are available to show how fun and easy fitness can be.

Our next Nutrition Night will be on January 13th and is open to the community. Stay tuned for more information.

by, Jennifer Mims

Fresh Express: Educating the community on healthy habits at Touch-A-Truck

Fresh Express 5It’s one thing to practice healthy habits, but it’s another to be able to educate the community on what healthy means. The Junior League of Phoenix Fresh Express committee is able to experience this liberating feeling on a routine basis. The latest of their education tour was at the annual Touch-A-Truck event held at Paradise Valley Mall on Nov. 7.

Throughout the day families made fresh produce purchases while the children stopped by the Fresh Express education table. Children’s activities included crafting a colorful stamped-clad rainbow made with fruits and vegetables. Mushrooms, pepper, grapes, apple, cherries, and a banana are just a few of the stamps that could have been found at the table. As the children built their rainbows the Phoenix League Volunteers explained the importance of eating the “colors of the rainbow.”

TAT Fresh Express 2“Today I ate a rainbow.” Perhaps you have heard this phrase used as more and more health experts tell us we should “eat the rainbow,” and no, they don’t mean eat more candy.  Volunteers taught the children that this means that we should eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables to get all the nutrients we need for optimal health. Here is a very basic run down on each color group and how it helps our bodies:

Red: Very heart healthy and gives strength support to our joints!

Orange: A great source of Vitamin C. The orange group helps keep our eyes healthy!

Yellow: This group is good for our skin and helps our digestive system!

Green: Helps our entire body and strengthens our immune systems which mean fewer colds!

Purple: Purple/blue foods are excellent for our brains! They help us with our memory and also help keep some cancers away! (Source: todayiatearainbow.com)

TAT Fresh Expres 3“Many parts of the Valley struggle with eating healthily and access to good nutrition – and not by choice. The volunteers of the Junior League of Phoenix Fresh Express program have a great opportunity to get on the right side of this battle by educating the community to think differently about the way they eat and by providing easy access to healthy produce,” says Cassie Cooper, Fresh Express volunteer. “Being able to directly impact the community in a healthy, positive way makes me proud to be involved in this program,” continued Cooper.

The Fresh Express bus and activity station remained busy throughout the day with record sales of $400 in the short 4 hours they were in business – that’s equivalent to $100 of produce sales every hour. To place some perspective on this, one apple costs .30 cents. Amazing!

About Fresh Express: A mobile produce market bringing fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables and providing community health resources to less fortune areas of the Valley.

Learn more and view the Fresh Express schedule at www.discoverytriangle.org/fresh-express.

JLP Gives Thanks Through Volunteerism

Throughout the month of November, the Junior League of Phoenix gave thanks by giving their time to our partner organizations like Phoenix Day’s Stone Soup Event, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Homeward Bound Turkey Tuesday and the Phoenix Zoo! From August through November, JLP provisionals, actives and sustainers have completed 1184 hours of service! We are well on our way as a League to meeting our annual goal of 1800 community impact hours—check out our infographic below!

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Volunteer Leaderboard

Congratulations to Stephanie Mitchell for being the first member into the 24-hour service club! The rest of these ladies are well on their way to joining her—keep up the great work!

32 hours served Stephanie Mitchell
16 hours served Angela Beran

Ashley Bunch

Amanda Fry

Sara Mayer

14 hours served Dana Chiordi

Megan May

12 hours served Katherine Click

Ally Corbin

Melinda Mabee

Megan Schwallie

Sabrina Showers

Tania Ward

by, Jessica Eldridge

Giving Tuesday: an easy way to give back to the community!

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What is #GivingTuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting great deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
Today, Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This year, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday.
unnamedjlpf1Give the gift!  Your generosity will fund the future collaborations and programs that have defined The Junior League of Phoenix and strengthened our community for more than seven decades.
And we have exciting news!  An anonymous donor will be matching donations given on Giving Tuesday, up to $500!!
Please click this link to donate to the JLP Foundation and Give the Gift!

JLP Makes BIG Impact in October

October was a SUPER busy month for our members through community impact! By the end of October, Junior League of Phoenix provisionals, actives and sustainers have completed 694 hours of service, a 280% increase since the end of September. While we saw over 113 new volunteers take part in community impact shifts in October, many members are exceeding the required hours and completing multiple shifts because they see a need and enjoy making an impact! We are well on our way as a League to meeting our annual goal of 1800 community impact hours—check out our infographic below!

October infographic

14 hours served Dana Chiordi

Stephanie Mitchell

10 hours served Ashley Bunch

Samantha Calvin

Milynn Mapalo

8 hours served Alicia Burns

Cathy Comer

Candyce Cox

Kristine Day

Ashley Falvey

Amanda Fry

Dreamlyn Johnson

Jill Kipnes

Caro McDonald

Liz Rocci

Megan Schwallie

Min Skivington

by, Jessica Eldridge