JLLC also partners with local agencies to conduct short term projects throughout the year. Done-in-a-Day projects may cover anything that a community agency may need – from stuffing envelopes to reading to children enrolled in the program –that can be accomplished in one day. These projects allow our members to earn volunteer hours and to build goodwill in Lee County. JLLC also offers the “Opportunity Knocks” Program which provides small grants to agencies who need emergency funds to support programs for children.
In partnership with the Food Bank of East Alabama, JLLC is continuing to expand the Weekend Backpack Program. This program is a partnership between multiple community organizations that seek to offer ready-to-eat meals and snacks for elementary and middle school children to take home on the weekends. Frequently, these children would otherwise have nothing to eat during the weekend. Participating children are selected based on need. The projected number of children is 240 with the expectation of additional children being added throughout the year.
Funds awarded to support the Hop, Skip, Jump! Program. This program is designed to provide a daily physical educational program for children enrolled in The Little HAPIE Tree Preschool. The funding will be used specifically to fund “Pedal Your Way to Fitness” to strengthen the educational services and specialized therapies, by allowing the children to use their fine motor skills to pedal the trikes, use the balance trikes, play with the balls and pull the wagons.
Funds support a program designed to help low-income youth and young adults of Lee Country increase physical activity, consumption of healthy foods, nutritional knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and self-esteem. During participation in the project, participants will participate in the BOUNCE Physical Fitness program – which promotes healthy living among low-income youth and families. The program includes health screenings, class instruction and discussions on gardening and health topics related to the top five causes of death in Alabama, interactive small group activities, nutritious snacks, fitness and cooking classes for youth and caregivers, community gardens, and community wide sporting events. Organization serves youth ages 10 and up in Auburn, Opelika
Funds support expansion of a program that will offer garden-based learning opportunities for K-8 students and their families. These students partner with Auburn University students to learn how to plant, grow and harvest donations to the Community Market. Programming in schools is offered each semester for 12 weeks.