Madison Junior Auxiliary Celebrates Service In AprilApr 7th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Community News
15,039 – The number of women serving their communities through the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries.
106,767 – The number of service hours Junior Auxiliary members worked in their communities in 2009-10.
$2,430,656 – The amount of money Junior Auxiliaries invested in eight southeastern states in 2009-10.
Return on that investment – priceless
The hard work goes on year-round, but during the first week of April each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Madison pauses to say thanks to the community for another great year.
A year packed with service to families and children through service projects that include everything from Coat Drives and Thanksgiving Baskets to “Caroling with the Elderly” and having “Cookies with Santa” for the children.
This month JA of Madison County will be working with area youth at our annual Fitness Fair on Thursday, April 21, at MCHS, capping a year of emphasis on healthy lifestyles. Other activities have included speakers Sarah Panzau, making smart decisions and driving safety, FutureNow presentations, and suicide prevention training by the Jason Foundation for area teachers.
JA of Madison has 25 members who each donate over 1,000 service hours every year to the chapter’s various projects. The chapter raises funds each year through their JA Jewels (corporate sponsors) and a big event – this year’s Luau at the Lake scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Barksdale Farm. .
“This is such an exciting week for us, because it gives us a chance to thank all of the citizens of Madison for supporting us in this work, and to recognize our wonderful corporate sponsors who finance these projects,” Janis Bunting, president, said. “The families and children we serve are so deserving and thankful for this assistance, and none of that would be possible without the support of the entire community.”
Junior Auxiliary has a rich history of service, and the Junior Auxiliary of Madison, is carrying on that tradition. This Chapter embraces the founding principles of our national organization, “helping children and making a difference in their lives,” said Charlotte Seals, NAJA President.
Madison Junior Auxiliary is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, Miss. NAJA has more than 15,000 active, associate, and life members in 101 chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.
The NAJA slogan is “Care Today – Character Tomorrow” and when teamed with the current focus of the Association, Junior Auxiliary Chapters are working more than ever before to increase awareness of child health and welfare and how it affects their futures.
For more information, or to make a tax deductible donation to JA of Madison County, contact incoming President Cathy Rogers or incoming Treasurer Wendy Anderson. For more information on NAJA, visit www.najanet.org or call (662) 332-3000.