How We Help
Junior League of Wichita has been an integral part of the Wichita community since its organization in 1925. From bringing the Ronald McDonald House and Race for the Cure to Wichita to building libraries and training volunteers, Junior League of Wichita has aimed to serve the Wichita area. Since our founding, Junior League of Wichita has contributed more than $5.8 million in the form of projects and training programs and more than $44 million in volunteer hours to improve the quality of life in our community.
Currently, the Junior League of Wichita works with the community to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. We are able to reach out to our community through projects and Done in a Day activities. Our community projects for this League year are the Child Abuse Awareness Website and the Traveling Puppet Show for child abuse education.
The Child Abuse Awareness Website focuses on child abuse awareness and integration of community resources. It was discovered that when completing an Internet search of ”child abuse Wichita,” many different agencies appear, but nothing that tells the user what child abuse is, where to go, who to contact or what to do if one suspects child abuse. This project proposes to develop a child abuse website and subsequent awareness campaign that would aid to bridge this gap. The website will be an invaluable tool to link the members of the Wichita community with child abuse resources. Once the website is complete, an awareness campaign will be conducted to educate the community on child abuse in our area.
The second proposed project would take a hands-on approach to child abuse prevention, and this is meant literally, as it is a traveling education puppet show! Junior League of Wichita will work with children ages 7-9 in area elementary schools and community organizations to perform a puppet show. This show will educate children on what child abuse is and who to tell if child abuse is suspected. This educational project is projected to reach more than 3,500 children in the Wichita area.
The Junior League of Wichita has altered the process for the development of community projects and Done in a Day activities from a Request for Proposal method to a process centered on agencies that work in the area of child abuse prevention and education.
For more information regarding Junior League of Wichita’s project development and Done in a Day process please contact:
Project Development Chair 2012-2013
Junior League of Wichita