Community Project 2017: Spectrum Youth and Family Services

JLCV partnered with this organization for a 3-month project in the Spring of 2017. JLCV worked with Spectrum to help develop a system for organizing clothing donations received throughout the year and did direct contact activities with youth at the center (e.g., baking cookies).

COTS Family Room Renovation

In the Spring of 2012, JLCV “sprung into action” with a room makeover at the Committee On Temporary Shelter (COTS). JLCV members volunteered approximately 100 hours cleaning, painting, and moving furniture to rehab the living room at the Firehouse Family Shelter.

The Firehouse Family Shelter is the first shelter COTS created specifically for families with children. Located in Burlington’s Old North End, the shelter can accommodate five families at a time. Nearly 15 years ago, Junior League members renovated the main play space on the shelter’s first floor.

Donations from several local businesses supplemented the Junior League’s fundraising including: Able Paint Glass and Flooring, Flooring America, Gordon’s Windows, Homeport, and The Superstore.

Please check out the dramatic before and after pictures!

Women Helping Battered Women

Over the 2009-2010 season the JLCV new members chose to help the shelter address the chaos of their storage closet.  This area is essential to the functioning of the shelter as it provides women arriving at the shelter with the basic needs they will need to feel comfortable during a very stressful time.  Members sorted through all the donations the shelter had received and create an ongoing organization system to help staff members stay organized.  After the original organization, JLCV volunteers visited the shelter monthly to maintain the organization of the storage area.  Check out the before and after pictures.

Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center Makeover

In the Fall of 2008 the JLCV redecorated the BTPC's waiting room and several of the patient rooms. We transformed this very institutional-like setting into one that was warm, welcoming, calming and reflective of the multi-cultural populations that the center serves.

Teddy Bears for Children who Witness Domestic Violence

For several years the JLCV hand-made special teddy bears for the 100-150 children who were staying at the Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) shelter. The children who arrive at the shelter have been through so much, and many are unable to bring anything from home. The bears we provided gave a small comfort to each child, and gave them something to call their own.

WHBW’s mission is to support, identify options and advocate for those who have experienced domestic violence and serve as a catalyst for social change. Formed in 1974, WHBW has evolved into the largest service provider for battered women in Vermont. In addition to providing emergency shelter and housing advocacy, WHBW offers 24-hour hotline services, legal advocacy, programs for children and many educational outreach programs. WHBW believes that all women and children have the right to live without fear of battering - sexual, physical, emotional, or financial.

JLCV members have also donated personal care items for the moms and children – things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, kids shampoo, etc. This project addressed one of the top five community need priorities identified in our needs assessment and survey last year.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is an initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity poor nutrition. JLCV members volunteer in classrooms and in other community nonprofits to teach children how to prepare healthy food. More information about the Kids in the Kitchen can be found at

McAuley Square

McAuley Square is an innovative, intergenerational affordable housing project designed to serve a cross-section of people in our community: low-income senior citizens, pregnant teens and teen mothers, and parents with young children who are struggling to stay in school. The three building campus, built in 2001, is located on Mansfield Avenue near downtown, convenient to businesses, schools, health services and transportation. The Sisters of Mercy donated the land and development was undertaken by two non-profits, Cathedral Square Corporation and Housing Vermont. Continuing support is also provided by The McAuley Institute, a national nonprofit housing organization founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

JLCV became involved with McAuley in the winter of 2002 and more than twenty members  committed to participate in a myriad of projects. For two years, JLCV provided holiday stockings for every child in the facility, filled to the brim with clothing, toys, treats and as a special surprise teddy bears, donated by Vermont Teddy Bear for every child.

JLCV has launched a multi-faceted enrichment program for all the generations living at McAuley Square, which includes a library of children’s materials, a Saturday story time for children, and guest author receptions for adults. The goals of this program are to:
  • Give McAuley’s children an opportunity to interact through reading, crafts and other activities.
  • Develop children’s interest in reading through story time, role playing and books to take home
  • Provide parents with supervised, on-site activity for children, so that they may comfortably take a break.
  • Establish an open atmosphere where McAuley parents can socialize, learn and laugh together over book discussions, guest authors, art classes and other events.
  • Provide the multiple generations at McAuley with an opportunity to come together through a variety of activities.
To learn more about McAuley center, visit their website at

Junior League of Champlain Valley, PO Box 4418 Burlington VT 05406 Email JLCV 3060 Williston Road Suite-4 S. Burlington VT 05403
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