Junior Auxiliary gives primary consideration to children, and each Chapter is required to have one National Service project with the “objective of breaking the cycle of dependency”. The project must provide one or more of the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, and/or emotional support, and there must be an ongoing relationship and commitment established between the Chapter member or members and the recipient.
Our Chapter’s National Service project is “I MATTER”. Each year, chapter members establish a relationship with a local family with children. The chapter members not only act as positive female role models, they seek to provide for basic needs of the children while offering encouragement and make them understand that the joy of giving is best when it goes unannounced. The family is offered assistance in legal matters, help in applying for or seeking out additional resources from the community. Beyond providing for Christmas and birthdays, we often negotiate and help mothers return to school to better provide for their families and enroll children in after school programs.
Contact I Matter project chair, Claire Lyons, or co-chair Nikki Skrmetti via email at JABOSimatter@gmail.com for additional information.