In 2009, The Junior League of Macon, Inc. made the decision to focus its mission on improving literacy and school readiness through school partnerships, education, fundraising, advocacy and hands-on projects. During the 2017-2018 League year, we are continuing our focus on literacy through the following community projects and partnerships. 

80 Acts of Generosity 

In honor of our 80th anniversary, the Community Impact Committee has organized a project allowing us to further support our community partners.  We will be collecting the following items throughout the 2017 – 2018 League Year, listed HERE

Literacy Night at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School

In partnership with the faculty of Burdell-Hunt Magnet School, JLM will cohost a literacy-themed event for elementary students to celebrate literacy. Each student will receive a book, and refreshments will be furnished.

Read for the Record

JLM will donate books and lead story time on Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day, which mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience.  JLM members will visit Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Burdell-Hunt Magnet School on Read for the Record Day.  Members will lead the group in a reading of the story, a brief activity, and small snack.

Museum of Arts and Sciences Themed Evening

In partnership with the Museum of Arts and Sciences, JLM will cohost an event for students and parents focusing on the Museum’s new baby lemur and other animals from his geographic neighborhood, Madagascar and southern Africa. Activities will include live animal presentations, reading stations, and craft stations.

Campus Clubs Book Tasting

In keeping with our mission to promote literacy, JLM will host a Book Tasting for the middle school girls at Campus Clubs.  A Book Tasting is a chance to sample different books during a short period of time to see where interest lies and what will keep the reader reading.  JLM members will lead the group in completing the Book Tasting, and each attendee will be able to select a chapter book to take home.

The Methodist Home Pamper Party

The JLM will host a Pamper Party for the middle and high school girls who live at The Methodist Home.  The Pamper Party will include a dessert social, a discussion on stress-relief opportunities (e.g., reading for pleasure), mindfulness, and self-care.  Each attendee will be given some fun goodies and three (3) chapter books to take home and enjoy.

Backpack Buddies

JLM is excited to partner with Forest Hills United Methodist Church as they pack bags of food for needy students from many schools within Bibb County.  JLM members will pack bags of food three (3) times during the school year (immediately prior to Fall Break, Holiday Break, and Spring Break).  JLM will also purchase clothing and school supplies, as needed, for the children.

School Supply Donation

To help foster school readiness, JLM will donate school supplies for needy students involved in the Mentors Project of Bibb County and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia.

Book ’Em Donation

JLM will donate books to Book ’Em to be distributed to school-aged children in need via the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.