The Junior League of Akron (JLA) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
The Junior League of Akron is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As an organization of over 300 women volunteers, JLA seeks to promote healthy living and the well-being of children and families through our current focus area “Strengthening Families for a Better Tomorrow”.
“#GivingTuesday is a great way to jumpstart the season of giving by supporting the much needed community organizations and non-profits, such as Junior League of Akron” says Kimberly J. Young, President of the Junior League of Akron. “JLA would not be able to continue its 91 year history of community impact and training civic leaders without the support of our donors, the community and our members.”
All proceeds from #GivingTuesday will benefit the community programs of JLA and the training of our members to continue to make an impact in the community. JLA partners with local nonprofits to create programs in which JLA can be impactful by providing financial support and trained volunteers. JLA is currently partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve to hold multiple Kids in the Kitchen events each year in order to teach children about nutrition and fitness through interactive lessons, projects, and activities. We also have a partnership with Blessing in a Backpack to help pack weekend food bags to ensure improvised children are fed on the weekend throughout the school year.