A simple act of kindness … a beautiful dress … a deserving girl … a lifted spirit … a fresh purpose… This mantra of the Butterfly Project expresses the transformative mission of this JLH program, which rewards deserving high school girls across Huntsville and Madison County not only by outfitting them for their prom, but more importantly, by providing thousands of dollars in scholarship money toward their college careers. In the process, the lives and futures of these girls are changed.
A large group of JLH members gather each month to help the Children First organization pack weekend meal packs for students at Morris Elementary School. Every Friday, teachers at the school give the meal packs to children who might not receive food at home over the weekend.
Every month, the members of the JLH CAMP team bring enrichment and excitement to the preschoolers at the Huntsville Child Care Center, operated by the Heart of the Valley YMCA to serve at-risk children of primarily low-income families. JLH members plan activities for these three and four-year-olds that will be both educational and fun, whether it’s a pumpkin party at Halloween, a visit from Santa during the holidays, a field day in the spring, or a special performance by local entertainers.
In Fall 2012, for the first time, in connection with Apple Annie, we held a Get Active Day, emphasizing the importance of exercise along with healthy eating habits. The event was free to the public, and included opportunities for children to participate in a bike ride, yoga instruction and a 1-mile fun run/walk. This year we are expanding this program and planning to partner with a local school and another non-profit to increase the scope of Get Active Day. Ultimately, the goal would be to bring the program into the school system and other non-profits whose focus is also on children's well being.
The Helping Hands group works in the community to provide hands-on assistance to local non-profit agencies. Nonprofit agencies who align with the Junior League of Huntsville's focus area are encouraged to complete a Volunteer Request Application.
Members of this Junior League Committee assist the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library with its Summer Reading Program. Each summer the 12 branches of the library welcome over twenty thousand children to their locations. While they visit, they are encouraged to read and learn more about science while participating in STEAM activities, all while having a great time in this rich learning environment.
One of the longest-running traditions in the Junior League of Huntsville, the Rainbow Rhythm Band has been entertaining and uplifting audiences in and around Huntsville for decades. Throughout the year, they take their washboard band and lively music to schools, nursing homes, community events, and other groups that need a little sunshine and song.