The Junior League of Lincoln is a women's organization that promotes voluntarism, develops the potential of women, and improves our community through trained leaders and volunteers.
HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:
- $25 pays for a basic welcome kit for youth transitioning to their own apartments.
- $2 per week pays for additional inventory to stock ClothesLine shelves within Lincoln-area schools. ($104)
- $75 pays for a member to attend Get On Board training to serve on local non-profit board.
A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:
The Junior League of Lincoln is working to support at-risk women transitioning to independence (ages 16-24). Transition-aged youth are a difficult population to reach, though this age can be a life-changing time. We know that young women who have stability in their lives are likely to have better outcomes such as better grades, high school graduation, and better pay; however, many transition-aged youth lack stability needed to succeed. These youth have faced a variety of challenges, for example, being in the foster care system since they were very young, criminal offenses, and/or mental health issues.
Further complicating the needs of transition-aged youth in Lincoln, is the long waiting list for adequate housing options, placing youth at risk of homelessness. For youth who are able to obtain housing, they do not have the financial ability to stock an empty apartment with needed goods.
For this reason, JLL established HomeStart, a “store” of household goods where young adults can shop for the basics needed to furnish their own apartment free of charge. Typical needs include shower curtains, cleaning supplies, linens, and dishware. JLL provides these items new or gently used. With basic household needs secured, transition-aged youth will be able to better establish themselves as independent adults by building resumes and/or pursuing further education. The store will remove barriers and support the stability of young women living independently.
CAMPAIGN CODE NUMBERS:
Campaign Code: 6445
(For campaigns at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City of Lincoln, LES, LPS, Lancaster County, SCC and private companies.)
State of Nebraska: 708Y
215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 510
Lincoln, NE 68508