This year, the Junior League of Tyler donated $228,000 and 20,000 volunteer hours to 25 Smith County nonprofits in its annual contract signing ceremony.
“All the agencies that apply are researched and have gone through several committees,” said Shannon Glenney, this year’s president of the organization. “They were pared down to these 25 organizations.
The funds are raised three ways, Mrs. Glenney said: through the organization’s Mistletoe and Magic holiday shopping event every fall, through the sales of the three Junior League cookbooks and children’s book and through the Spring Sweep rummage sale, held every other year.
The agencies are specifically ones that support women, children, families and senior citizens in the Smith County area.
The chosen agencies were Alzheimer’s Alliance; Arc of Tyler: Camp Heyday & Camp Kennedy; Azleway; Bikers Against Child Abuse; Bethesda Health Clinic; Boys & Girls Club of East Texas; Cancer Foundation For Life: Fit Steps; Champions For Children; Children’s Advocacy Center; Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler; East Texas Food Bank; First Tee of Greater Tyler; JLT: Girl Power; JLT: Summer Reading Camp; Junior Achievement; Literacy Council of Tyler; Meals on Wheels; Parents Anonymous of Tyler; People Attempting to Help; Refuge of Light; The Salvation Army; St. Paul Children’s Foundation; Texas Adaptive Aquatics; Tyler Museum of Art; TISD Foundation: Teacher Grants Program; Therapet and Park of East Texas.
“It’s an honor for the League to be able to come alongside these agencies to serve them through our volunteer time and our funding,” Mrs. Glenney said.
The league has given almost $7.5 million in its 64-year history.