Fort Bend Junior Service League members each select a core placement with which they devote many volunteer hours. This gives members the opportunity to provide direct service to one of the five core placement agencies in Fort Bend County who FBJSL serves.
Fort Bend Junior Service League is proud to announce that the 2021-2022 Core Placements are Child Advocates of Fort Bend, God’s Garden, Gigi’s Playhouse, Reining Strength, and Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.
Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB): CAFB is committed to helping children navigate the path to permanency because their mission is based upon the belief that every child deserves a safe and permanent home. The agency offers many volunteer opportunities, including: serving as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteer (requires a 30 hour training course) or CAC (Child Advocacy Center) volunteer (requires a 17 hour training course), joining an event committee such as the Christmas Home Tour or Gala, joining Friends of Child Advocates to help support a variety of activities benefiting the kids they serve and the volunteers who help them, assisting in providing office support and volunteering for various workshops and programs to create awareness about child abuse and prevention.
God’s Garden: God’s Garden was established with a mission to provide fresh produce for underprivileged communities and to teach people of all ages how to sustainably grow vegetables. They grow fresh vegetables in order to feed the hungry in our area. The majority of the vegetables are donated to local food banks including: Second Mile Ministry, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Richmond-Rosenberg Helping Hands and Mamie George Community Center’s Trini’s Corner Market (Richmond). God’s Garden is located at 1135 Hwy. 90A, Missouri City, Texas. Volunteers are welcome Monday-Saturday 7:00am-11:00am to assist in all aspects of gardening. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will help prepare the garden, plant, weed, harvest, and prepare vegetables for delivery to food banks.
Gigi’s Playhouse: Gigi’s Playhouse’s mission is to change the way the world sees Down Syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs and by empowering individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and the community. Programs are always available to participants and families despite their initial skill level or ability to pay. By offering free programs and through the Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, Gigi Playhouse EMPOWERS families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities.
Reining Strength: Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs. Our program is in need of sidewalkers and leaders to assist in our therapeutic riding lessons. Sidewalkers will be walking along side riders & support the rider in performing the requested activities of the PATH, Intl. To be considered for sidewalking, the individual must be physically capable of walking alongside the horse for at least an hour. Leaders will lead the horses during the therapeutic riding lesson. Leaders must demonstrate an ability to control the horse in various situations. Additional in-depth training is necessary to lead a horse during lessons. To be considered as a leader, the volunteer must be physically capable of leading and managing the horse for at least an hour.
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels: Fort Bend Seniors is committed to helping seniors remain independent by enhancing their quality of life through services and recourses. Fort Bend Seniors aim to ensure that each senior in the community has the nutritional sustenance they need each day to maintain their strength as they age, as well as the support and interaction necessary to combat social isolation. This is achieved through the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Center meals. Volunteers may assist with Meals on Wheels, Congregate Center, wellness calls, and various fundraising events.