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 nine core placement agencies in Fort Bend County who FBJSL serves.
New Core Placements have been chosen and this list will be updated by May 1, 2017.
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.
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (EFBHNM): EFBHNM serves our East Fort Bend County neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. The agency helps families in financial crisis meet their basic human needs by providing food, financial assistance and other basic necessities of life. The agency offers several direct service opportunities which include: working in the Food Pantry, conducting client interviews, working in the Resale Shop, handing out groceries to clients, administrative work, picking up donated items from area grocery stores and/or restaurants and assisting with fundraisers.
Fort Bend Rainbow Room (Rainbow Room): The Rainbow Room is an actual room connected to the Fort Bend County CPS office where children are taken directly after they have been taken from their homes. Too often, these kids are taken from their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The Rainbow Room tries to ease this transition by providing comfort items and essential supplies including diapers, wipes, teddy bears, blankets, safety items (i.e., car seats), etc. Volunteer opportunities include stocking the room, straightening shelves, organizing/ bagging supplies, data entry, shopping for supplies, participating in their auxiliary group, and planning their fundraisers such as the annual back to school drive, golf tournament, or Christmas project.
Fort Bend County Women’s Center (Women’s Center): The Women’s Center focuses on serving the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and their children, by providing emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, support services and educational outreach. The Women’s Center provides many volunteer opportunities for our members including: assisting with the children’s program, 24-hour crisis hotline, personal accompaniment, support group, office support, volunteering at one of their thrift shop locations and organizing fundraising events such as Boogie and the Girlfriend’s Giggle. Training requirements must be met for some of these areas.
Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land (HMNS): HMNS exists to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science, and maintain and promote a first class museum. HMNS hosts a variety of permanent and traveling exhibitions. With these exhibitions as a focal point, the Museum creates a wide array of educational programs for area schools as well as the Fort Bend County community. Members choosing to volunteer on this placement have the opportunity to volunteer at a variety of events hosted each month by the museum. Volunteers will also learn about science while giving hands-on presentations from one of the many touch carts located throughout the Museum exhibit halls. Cart subjects include Paleontology, Texas wildlife, African wildlife, chemistry, frogs, and a host of other subjects.
Literacy Council of Fort Bend County (Literacy Council): The Literacy Council is committed to providing leadership to Fort Bend County literacy efforts through advocacy and the provision of services to functionally illiterate adults and those with limited English proficiency. The Literacy Council serves adults who have made the commitment to help themselves improve their own lives and those of their families. Well-trained and supported volunteers work one-on-one with adults needing help in basic literacy and on a small group basis with adults needing English as a second language skills. A volunteer will assist the Council in many different ways. Tutoring, events assistance (special events or community awareness events), and office help are just a few of the opportunities that the Council will offer throughout the year for our volunteers.
Lunches of Love (LoL): LoL is a community outreach program designed to show unconditional love to children and their families by providing a nutritious sack lunch to children who would otherwise go hungry during extended school holidays and weekends. With your help, Lunches of Love is working hard to end the very real problem of childhood hunger in our community. LoL meets Monday through Friday during winter break, spring break and summer vacation. Volunteers can also choose to help with the LoL Weekend Edition by packing non-perishable items and delivering them to school counselors for distribution every Friday for weekend meals. Additional volunteer opportunities include packing and/or delivering non-perishable meals, picking up weekly food and supply orders, participating in various events, such as the LoL summer picnic and the annual Walk of Love, and organizing food drives to help carry out the LoL mission.
Parks Youth Ranch (PYR): Parks Youth Ranch is a 22 bed Emergency Shelter for youth located in Fort Bend County. They provide food, shelter, clothing, and counseling services to both boys and girls, ages 7-17. The residents are referred to PYR via three different sources: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), Juvenile Probation and Community Referrals. PYR strives to provide not only emergency shelter, but also counseling and life changing services to their residents. PYR prides themselves in providing a home for today and hope for tomorrow. As a volunteer on this placement, our members will serve the agency in a variety of ways to help homeless and at risk youth including: Office Hands, Education Hands, Party Hands, Recreation Hands, Drive Hands, Mentor Hands and Cowboy Up.
Texana Center: Texana Center provides behavioral (mental) healthcare and intellectual & development disability services, including autism. They are the ”safety net” provider for Fort Bend County, providing services regardless of the client’s ability to pay. Texana’s goal is to unlock their clients’ potential for safe, independent and productive lives within local communities. They provide programs and support services that are individually- and family-driven, stable yet flexible, satisfying to the client and family, and able to meet individual needs. Members choosing to volunteer on this placement may volunteer at the Learning Center, Texana Décor & More, where they will assist adult clients in turning reclaim off cuts of wood into home and office décor items. Volunteers will assemble and embellish décor items and may also assist in selling items from Texana Décor & More at local craft shows. Additional volunteer opportunities include planning, setting up and running special events at the Children’s Center for Autism and volunteering with the autism program.