Moving Toward Community Impact

ff_station_parker_masseyIf you have been a JLDOC member for a while, you have probably heard about the transition we have been making from a league that supports a diverse range of worthy initiatives to one that is focused on making a lasting impact in one area. For the next several years, that issue will be Heathy Living.  We are partnering with Farmer Foodshare on phase one: increasing access to and awareness of healthy food in Durham and Orange counties.

Interested in knowing more about how we here?

It all started with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). As part of its strategy for transformation, AJLI has encouraged local chapters to adopt a three-pronged approach to increase their community impact:

  1. Listen to community needs and respond with well-designed strategies for change.
  2. Focus on developing League members’ community and civic leadership.
  3. Create meaningful and long-lasting community change.

To this end, the JLDOC collectively decided to focus on healthy living in our communities. After evaluating various community needs assessments, we chose to start with food access.

ff_sdurham_fmThe process of selecting a partner took several months. The League wanted to ensure that the partnership it selected was a good fit for both parties and provided opportunities for sustained impact in our communities. League members encouraged local community organizations to apply for this
partnership, and 35 organizations submitted applications throughout fall 2015. After a thorough review of applications, four organizations were selected for site visits. A team from the Board of Directors completed the site visits and recommended Farmer Foodshare for the position. The four choices were presented to the general membership for a vote, and Farmer Foodshare was selected.

This year the Community Impact Committee is working with various League committees to ensure our efforts are aligned with the food access initiative. Our partnership with Farmer Foodshare includes staffing the donation tables at our local farmers’ markets, leading cooking demonstrations for the community, and providing joint meals to volunteers and farmers. Stay tuned for more about these initiatives!

Right now, there are several ways you can support our partnership:

  1. Volunteer! There are lots of opportunities coming up including cooking demos at Bargain Sale on October 29th, 2016 and Duke Night Out at Belk on October 30th, 2016.
  2. Get trained to support a donation station so that you can collect food on behalf of Farmer Foodshare at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market and the South Durham Farmers’ Market
  3. Make a donation to the Farmer Foodshare table at your local farmers’ markets.
  4. Join the League and volunteer!