San Antonio Junior Forum Grants Announcement

 

The November 1st deadline for accepting grant applications from

nonprofits in our community has come and gone.

All nonprofits have been notified of the receipt of their applications.

Our Grants Committee will now start the process of deciding which

nonprofit projects will be funded.  The announcement of the 2022-2023

grant recipients will be made by March 15, 2023.

If you are interested in reviewing the list of nonprofits who have

received funding from San Antonio Junior Forum for the past five years,

you may click the link below to take you to the Grants section of 

our website.  This year, SAJF will distribute $75,000 in grants for specific

projects that will benefit economically, emotionally, and/or

physically disadvantaged individuals in our community.

 Stay tuned to find out who the lucky recipients will be in 2022-2023!

 

 

  Questions?

Contact SAJF VP Grants at grants@sajuniorforum.org.  

Click Here to go to the Grant's page

 

 

 

  

                 

 

Volunteer Membership Meet & Greet

 

We had a great start to the 2022-2023 year with a simplified schedule,

upbeat meetings, and contributions from both our Actives and Sustainers

 to our Service projects!  In November, the Actives

celebrated friendship and appreciation at 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 afternoon 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 the processes at work!

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 JFI Board Meeting.  Any member is welcome to

join in the fun!  In March, the Grants Committee

will organize site visits and grant check presentations to the 

many 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 2023-2024 where

members will get to hear from graduating high school seniors

about their plans for the future.

But stay tuned!  Service projects and activities are always being
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!

 

Interested in finding out more about SAJF?

contact Diana at membership@sajuniorforum.org!

  

SAJF is unlike any other Women's organization.  We don't support just one single cause, but reach out in many 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!

 

In October, the ladies of SAJF hosted a collection drive to support Soldiers' Angels "Holiday Stockings for Heroes".  Actives and Sustainers collected small gifts from a list of suggested items that Soldiers' Angels provided.  At our General meeting October 18th, we stuffed the stockings and in late November, will deliver them to the Soldiers' Angels headquarters here in San Antonio.  Donated stockings are shipped to service members deployed to combat zones or those in combat operations and veteran patients in VA Hospitals across the country. The stockings will also be shared with National Guard and Reserve Units across the country. The ladies of SAJF hope that receiving a stuffed stocking will help to brighten the spirits of deployed service members and veterans this holiday season.  On December 6th, SAJF ladies will deliver 30 holiday stockings!

On December 13, 2022, the women of SAJF volunteered to support ChildSafe's Winter Work Shop by wrapping donated gifts chosen by parents for their children at holiday time.  It is very gratifying to know that ChildSafe is looking out for the children of our community at this holiday time.  It is hoped that such acts of kindness will somehow ease the stress and trauma of abuse that children utilizing the facility have undergone.  Treating and helping families heal is a cause near and dear to many members of SAJF.

February 21, 2023 SAJF members will be supporting For Her by hosting a donation drive at our General Meeting.  For Her is a nonprofit organization in San Antonio that works to empower women to move beyond trauma and transform their lives.  They serve teen mothers, foster youth aging out of the system, LGBTQ+ individuals, migrants and women who fall below the poverty line, survivors of domestic and sexual violence and formerly incarcerated women.  SAJF women will provide incentives for women attending"Her Circle" or "Her Table" events that provide an opportunity for women to connect over good food and meaningful conversation.  The hope is that encouragement and accountability for personal growth along with licensed professional counseling will support the efforts of women to lead a more self-sustained life.

February 9-26, 2023 also brings the opportunity for SAJF members to volunteer their time at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo!  As Gate Greeters, ladies will welcome guests to the Rodeo Fairgrounds at the entry gates, scan each guest's barcode for entry and share guest information services locations.  Shifts are four hours in length between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.  Ladies will sign up online for the shifts they want to work.  Free parking passes and 2 free single day entry tickets are incentives for participating.  SAJF will receive community service hours and the Stock Show and Rodeo will offer SAJF $50.00/person for every 4 four shift worked as a Gate Greeter.  The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help educate the youth of Texas!

 

 

Interested?  Contact service@sajuniorforum.org!

 

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

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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 hour of the award and to meet the candidate chosen.

Interested in learning more?

Contact the VP Scholarships at scholarships@sajuniorforum.org 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

January 10, 2023 - Board meeting @ Zoom - 6:30 pm

January 11, 2023 - Grants Committee Meeting @ Barbara Zars - 10:00 am

January 17, 2023 - General meeting @ UUMC "The Loft" - 7:00 pm

January 25, 2023 - Grants Committee Meeting @ Barbara Zars - 9:30 am

February 9-26, 2023 - Service - SA Stock Show and Rodeo - various shifts as greeters

February 14, 2023 - Board meeting @ Andrea's - 6:00 pm

February 21, 2023 - General meeting @ UUMC "The Loft" - 11:00 am

February 21, 2023 - Service - For Her - donation drive at General Meeting

 

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

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