Hattiesburg, MS – The first week of April each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg pauses to say thank you to the community and reflect on another great year of serving the Pinebelt.
2014-2015 was a year packed with service to families and children through 18 service projects that include everything from providing backpacks and school supplies to local children to hosting community events to boost self-esteem and promote positive decision making among teens. This year alone, JA of Hattiesburg contributed more than $90,000 to Pinebelt projects and its members donated more than 2500 service hours.
To reach as many children and families as possible, JA of Hattiesburg partners with a number of local service agencies each year. One partnership we would like to highlight this week is with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Through the Kid Power project each month JA members coordinate and present educational and arts programs that encourage, motivate, and also teach middle school children new skills. This year programs included a motivational presentation by the Lady Eagles Basketball Team and Staff, a hands-on photography class presented by Ramona Lisa Photography, a fun fitness class presented by Katie Giust from Versus Strength and Conditioning, and so much more.
JA of Hattiesburg has 87 active members who each give at least 24 hours (and often much more) every year to the Chapter's various projects. JA of Hattiesburg raises funds each year through their annual Charity Ball fundraiser which takes place each fall.
"We are extremely grateful of the support shown to us over the years by the Pinebelt area,” said Connie Keene, president of JA of Hattiesburg. “The ladies of Junior Auxiliary are humbled by the impact that their service has made on our community. The families and children we serve are the future of Hattiesburg and we are so proud to be a part of making a difference in our community one child and family at a time.”
Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, MS. NAJA has more than 15,000 active, associate, and life members in 100 Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. The NAJA slogan is “Care Today – Character Tomorrow.” Junior Auxiliary Chapters are working more than ever to provide care to those less fortunate in order to make their tomorrows better.
For more information, or to make a tax deductible donation to JA of Hattiesburg, visit its website at www.hattiesburgjuniorauxiliary.org or call (601) 466-8108. For more information on NAJA, visit www.najanet.org or call (662) 332-3000.