Message From The President

 

It is a great honor to serve as President of the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) for the 2021-2022 League Year. FBJSL has been steadfast in our mission for more than 20 years and we look forward to another year of volunteering with our community partners. Our legacy of service to the Fort Bend County community is supported by the League’s mission while promoting leadership and philanthropy. Since its inception in 2001, FBJSL has raised nearly $5 million dollars in grants and scholarships for charitable 501(c)(3) organizations and individuals in our community. Over the lifetime of the League, our members have worked tirelessly to provide over 400,000 uncompensated volunteer hours to our county. We are Women Making A Difference!

When COVID-19 disrupted our world in 2020, FBJSL was forced to rethink how to best serve our community. We continued to support our community partners with innovative efforts to meet the needs of the county residents. As we emerge stronger in 2021, we are also more resilient and have learned to adapt in this ever changing climate. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to be united in community and remain in service to each other.

There are many opportunities for members to serve the community through any of our Core, Event or League Placements. We provide an ongoing direct service to our Core Placements and event support to our designated Event Placements. These charitable organizations meet a significant need in our community and benefit a wide spectrum of residents in Fort Bend County. Our League Placements are the Sugar Plum Market and the Fort Bend Teen Service League.

In addition to volunteering with our Placements, members work at our fundraiser, the Sugar Plum Market. The Market is our annual premier holiday shopping extravaganza with more than 100 vendors from across Texas. Members work on this event year-round and the event is 100% volunteer run. Last year, this event was transformed into our first ever virtual fundraiser, Sugar Plum Marketplace, which was a true testament of the teamwork, enthusiasm and passion of the amazing event Co-Chairs and Committee. The Committee’s partnership with a marketing agency led the League to win two Crystal Awards for our virtual platform from the Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association: 2021 Resiliency: Marketing Through a Pandemic and 2021 Corporate Citizenship. This was an outstanding achievement during unprecedented times. The support of League members, event sponsors and donors made this event a huge success in which we raised $150,000 to support more than 20 Fort Bend County charitable organizations. This year, we are looking forward to hosting a festive in-person Market as we CELEBRATE the 20th Anniversary of the Sugar Plum Market. This event will be held on November 4th – 6th with a special Preview Night taking place on November 3rd.

We are so grateful to each of our members for sharing their time and talents with the Fort Bend Junior Service League and our Placements. It is an honor to stand amongst such a strong group of women committed to strengthening our community and developing our organization. From our newest members, to our long-standing members; and from our Sustaining members (Ladies 50 and over), to our Teen League members (Young Ladies in 9th – 12th Grade); each of these women offers a unique perspective and expertise to FBJSL. We are a diverse group, who are passionate about giving back to our community!

I hope you will join me in supporting FBJSL, whether you sponsor or attend the Sugar Plum Market, make a donation or join us as a member. Thank you for helping FBJSL serve our Fort Bend County community.

With gratitude,

Heather Allen
President, 2021 – 2022
Fort Bend Junior Service League