Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) is recruiting women of all ages who want to make a positive impact on the children in Taney County. JATC has approximately 40 members who annually contribute more than 4,000 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars as they strive to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of children in Taney County. Their New Member Informational Meeting will be July 25 at 6pm.
Each year JATC assesses the community’s needs and establishes service projects to address those needs. Many of their projects have been sustained for years, such as College Readiness programs and scholarships for seniors from all 4 Taney County high schools, prom dresses for girls in need, stuffed animals for children in the local hospitals, and support for the School Backpack Program. Several newer projects include Santa’s Gift House, which provides affordable holiday gift hopping for children, Journey, which is a mentoring project for young women, and Taneyhills Library Summer Reading Program, which encourages children to continue reading during the summer months.
The members raise money for these projects through one major event - a fun Trivia Challenge with dinner, live entertainment and a Silent Auction. The women also have social events that contribute to the fun and passion they demonstrate while helping the community. Their slogan is Care Today – Character Tomorrow.
JATC, a local chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA), has been making a difference since 1998. NAJA is a nonprofit corporation based in Greenville, Mississippi, with 101 chapters in 8 states and more than 14,430 members. NAJA encourages its members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services.
For more information on being a part of this group, contact Junior Auxiliary of Taney County via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or through Ronni Haston, Membership Chair at 417 544-1896.
Published: Branson Daily Independent, June 19-20, 2013 and Branson Tri-Lakes News, 6/22/13