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Our goal is to provide assistance to our neighbors in need while enabling them to maintain their anonymity, their independence and their dignity. We are a grass roots organization comprised solely of volunteers.  We have no national affiliation; therefore requests for assistance can be expedited through the approval process without the red tape of a larger organization.  Our membership is comprised of residents of Huntington Township, who serve to meet the needs of their neighbors.

 

 

The Junior Welfare League’s Core Programs

 

 

The Lift Fund

Our most important program is the Lift Fund. Established in 1956, the Lift Fund was so named because it provides a crucial boost to individuals by granting them one-time emergency financial aid.  Our recipients are usually independent families whose means are insufficient to see them through an unexpected crisis. Money from this fund has helped “lift” hundreds of Huntington residents out of emergency situations by providing funds to pay hospital, medical and dental bills, mortgage and rent payments, food, clothing and utility bills and a variety of other expenses.


Camp for Kids

Having a special interest in the needs of children, each year the League pays camp expenses for dozens of children who otherwise would not be able to attend camp and would be left to fend for themselves during the summer months. Generally, these children come from difficult domestic environments and benefit greatly from the experience of having a safe haven, guaranteed daily meals and the carefree joy of childhood


Holiday Charities

In late November each member “adopts” Huntington children and provides them with gifts of food, clothing, toys, household items and gift cards to grocery and department stores. Through the Holiday Charities program we are able to provide families with all the trimmings for a truly memorable holiday.


Backpacks for Success

The League has joined with the Town of Huntington for the Backpacks for Success program.  Using the supply lists from local schools, we coordinate hundreds of backpacks filled with new school supplies for local children who live below the poverty line.  Through our efforts and the generosity of many local merchants we send kids back to school well prepared with their heads held high and ready to learn.


Health Care Fund Scholarship & Youth in Philanthropy Award

The Health Care Fund, also established in 1956, provides scholarships to individuals dedicated to nursing and its related professions. Awards are given yearly and are based on financial need and scholastic aptitude.  The Youth in Philanthropy Award, our newest award, is presented yearly to a local High school senior in recognition of her dedication to philanthropy and community service.


The JUNIOR Junior Welfare League

Founded by The League in 2010, the JUNIOR Junior Welfare League (JJWL) is a hands-on charitable club for girls in grades 6-12.  The goal of the JJWL is to light a spark of volunteerism in its young members and to teach them that helping others in our community is not just a responsibility but a privilege.  Members perform community service at various locations around Huntington each month.

 


 

 

 



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