SAN ANTONIO JUNIOR FORUM IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

 

 Each year, SAJF distributes grants to nonprofits

in the San Antonio region

for specific projects that will benefit

economically, emotionally, and/or physically

disadvantaged individuals.

 

 Our deadline of November 1, 2023 for accepting grant

   applications has come and gone!

Thank you to all who took the time to submit an application.

The Grant Committee is hard at work reading grant applications!

We received 104 grant applications this year with requests totaling $1,420,392.21.

  

All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2024.

Site visits, check presentations and funds distributed to nonprofits

 receiving grants will be completed in April 2024.

You won't want to miss reading about the nonprofits selected

for funding this year!

  

Questions?  Want to be added to our notification list for next year?

 Contact VP Grants at grants@sajuniorforum.org

 

  

 

Click Here to go to the Grants page

  

                  

 

SAJF is unlike any other Women's organization.  We don't support just one cause,

but reach out in a variety of ways to make an impact in our community.

  Want to be involved in funding nonprofits through grants, selecting

high school students to receive scholarships, or participating in varied

service projects throughout the community?

  If the answer is yes, then this is the organization for you.

Join us at one of our monthly meetings or volunteer at our
next community service project! 

Interested?  Contact

 membership@sajuniorforum.org or service@sajuniorforum.org

   

The SAJF year in a nutshell! 

 

We are off to a good start to our 2023-2024 year with a simplified schedule,

upbeat meetings, and contributions from both Actives and Sustainers!

In September, we welcomed Vibrant Works to speak at our General 

meeting and in October, we hosted the President/CEO from

CAMinistries!  Members have enjoyed 

the detailed presentations that these nonprofits have provided!

In November, the Actives invited prospective members

to join the group for shopping and lunch at Vintage Marketplace

and to celebrate friendship with a full Thanksgiving meal

at our annual Friendsgiving dinner. Our Actives holiday celebration

in December will include spouses and significant others, 

a pot-luck feast and gift exchange.  New members be warned that you may

need to master the "left right game" at this fun event!

In January and February, SAJF Actives and Sustainer Grants and

Scholarship Committees will be hard at work preparing recommendations

for funding of nonprofits and scholarship students.  Any member is welcome

to sit in on Committee meetings to experience our processes at work!

We will also volunteer at the SA Stock Show & Rodeo as one of our fundraising activities.

February will bring the opportunity for our President, JFI Secretary and JFI

Representative to meet with other Junior Forum Chapters 

from across Texas for the Annual JFI Board Meeting. This year "Boots and Bling" 

will be held at the Houston Cityplace Marriott in Spring Texas. Any member is

welcome to join in the fun!  In March, the Grants Committee

will organize site visits and grant check presentations to the 

nonprofit organizations funded by SAJF this year. These visits are a

great way for members to learn about the important work of

many of our nonprofits in San Antonio.  In 

April, the Scholarship Committee will host a reception

for students receiving scholarships from SAJF in the 2024-2025 academic year

where members are able to hear from graduating high school seniors

about their plans for the future. In the Spring, SAJF will

host a fundraiser with Kendra Scott at 

The Quarry Village on May 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm!  Plan to join us

for trinkets and treats at this very important event!

But stay tuned!  Service projects and activities are always
added to our calendar to welcome new members and

cement our common interests in serving the San Antonio community.

There is always room for a little fun with fellow volunteers!

   

How Giving to Others Makes You Healthier and Happier

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Learn more about the many benefits of helping others and find tips on getting started.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. 

 

Benefits of volunteering

4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  1. Volunteering connects you to others

  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body

  3. Volunteering can advance your career

  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Continue reading article by following this link: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm
 
 
 
 
 

 

Name Your Scholarship!

Interested in sponsoring a scholarship student this year?

Opportunities exist for donors that want to sponsor a SAJF scholarship to name the scholarship.

Scholarships are often named after a loved one who in their lifetime was a promoter of higher education.

SAJF will select a student with the donor's specifications in mind.

Donors will be invited to attend a reception in honor of the award and to meet the candidate chosen.

Interested in learning more?

Contact the VP Scholarships at scholarships@sajuniorforum.org 

 

Meetings!

September 12, 2023 - Board Meeting @ La Madeleine - 6:30 pm

September 19, 2023 - General Meeting @ UMC - 6:30 pm - Speaker Vibrant Works

October 10, 2023 - Board meeting @ La Madeleine - 6:30 pm

October 17, 2023 - General Meeting @ UMC "The Loft" - 6:30 pm - Speaker Christian Assistance Ministries

November 5, 2023 - Membership Event - Shopping at Vintage Marketplace and Lunch

November 14, 2023 - Active/Board Meeting & Friendsgiving @ Andrea's - 6:30 pm

November 21, 2023 - General Meeting - cancelled

December 17, 2023 - Actives Holiday party & Board Meeting @ Sharon's - 3:00 pm

December 19, 2023 - General Meeting - cancelled

January 9, 2024 - Board Meeting @ Andrea's - 6:30 pm

January 16, 2023 - General Meeting @ Zoom - 6:30 pm

February 13, 2024 - Board Meeting @ Andrea's - 6:30 pm

February 20, 2024 - General Meeting @ UMC "The Loft" - 6:30 pm - Speaker - Corazon Ministries

March 12 - Board Meeting - @ TBD - 6:30 pm

March 19, 2024 - General Meeting - @ UMC "The Loft" - 11:00-1:00 pm

April 9, 2023 - Board Meeting - @ TBD - 6:30 pm

April 16, 2024 - General Meeting and Scholarship Student Reception - @ UUMC - "The Loft" - 6:00 pm

May 14, 2024 - Board Meeting - @ TBD - 6:30 pm

May 21, 2024 - General/Annual Meeting @ UMC "The Loft" - 6:30 pm

 

Stay tuned for more opportunities to support those in need in our community with the ladies of SAJF!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          

San Antonio Junior Forum

P.O. Box 781152
San Antonio, Texas 78278