Service Projects

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2022 Project Chairs-Mary Adams Kinney & Heather Knapp

2023 Project Chairs- Sydney Fields & Maty Katterjohn

Asst. Chairs- Bess Fisher & Buffy Upton

Camp Sunshine is an overnight camp for upcoming 5th grade girls where the girls participate in swimming, games, exercise,  and crafts. This is held at Camp Hopewell in Oxford in May or June each year. 

Thank you NextGear Solutions for sponsoring this project!

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Project Chairs: Rachel Walker & Caroline Forks

Asst. Chairs: Adrienne McDill & Mary Frances Youngblood

Camp Bats and Balls was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 9:00am-11:30pm. This year’s Camp Bats and Balls was the 20th anniversary of the camp! In 2001, Camie Bianco was a member of JA and had the idea to start this baseball day camp for local kids. We are so grateful to her and Coach Bianco for making this camp into what it has become over the past two decades. We honored them with a quick presentation and plaque as camp began. Thank you again, Coach and Camie Bianco! 

This project is typically a half-day baseball skills camp for boys in 3rd & 4th grades. Camp Bats and Balls lets Junior Auxiliary of Oxford partner with the Ole Miss Baseball team at the Manning Center. The boys have the opportunity to experience a sports camp as they rotate through stations led by the team. The boys also receive an autographed photo, lunch donated by area restaurateurs, and a t-shirt. 

Thank you Phi Kappa Psi for sponsoring this project!

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CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

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Project Chairs: Catherine Yates & Stacy Reeves

Asst. Chairs: Margaret Baker & Morgan Waters

Each spring, this project brings a nationally recognized children’s author to Oxford to visit with 5th grade students. Prior to the author’s visit, JA purchases one of the author’s books for every 5th grade child.  Over 1,000 local students attend the Children’s Book Festival. This year’s Children’s Book Festival was held March 31, 2022 at the Ford Center and book was Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca.

We would like to thank  Liberty Finance for sponsoring this project!

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Project Chairs: Catherine Berry & Elizabeth Rodgers

Asst. Chairs: Dana McConnell & Liz Cassidy

Crown Club is a serviced-based club for 9th-12th female girls who reside in the Lafayette/Oxford area. To find out more about joining Crown Club, click here!
A special thank you to John Wise and The Vasiloff Family for sponsoring this project!

CASA CARES

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Project Chairs: Anne Cofer & Elise Sellers

Asst. Chairs: Kim Hampton & Brittany Power

CASA of Lafayette County is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children through the appointment of court-appointed, screened, trained community volunteers. Our local CASA chapter started in 2018 and works with children in the foster care system in our community. Junior Auxiliary is delighted to have established “CASA Helpers” a service project focused solely on how JA can support the children of CASA. We work with CASA board members and CASA advocates to identify gaps in the childrens’ needs, whether that is clothing, shoes, school supplies or even perhaps a bed and mattress, we also create initiatives to promote joy, happiness and encouragement to those children and the advocates that work tirelessly to serve them. 

Most recently, JA gifted Christmas stockings to all the CASA children stuffed with fun toys, books, warm socks, gloves and other goodies and we kicked off their 2021-2022 school year with back to school encouragement cards. 

A special thank you to John Wise and The Vasiloff Family for sponsoring this project!

F.R.E.S.H. PROJECT

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Project Chairs: Maty Katterjohn & Kristen Farrell

Asst. Chairs: Bess Cook & Lauren Ward

The goal of the F.R.E.S.H. Project is to focus on providing children in Lafayette County with the items which are most needed to help promote good personal hygiene. After collecting hygiene items, JA members distribute  these items to 9  schools/ organizations in Oxford and Lafayette County.

We want to thank our sponsors Leadership LafayetteUnited Way Oxford Lafayette CountyCareMedCoreLogic, and More Than A Meal. 

Headstart Helpers

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Project Chair: Kim Hampton

Asst. Chairs: Tess Johnson

Headstart Helpers is a project for the preschoolers at ICS Headstart. This year, our chapter provided each student with a Christmas book, mittens, and a toy for Christmas. On Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we sent each child home with a Dr. Seuss book through our book drive. We want to encourage literacy at a young age and use this project to reach children before they enter the school system. In addition, we helped the teachers and staff purchase a Tower Garden for the school so that students may participate in the learning experience of growing their own vegetables.  We would like thank Oxford Urology Clinic and Hughes Brown PLLC for sponsoring this project.

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P.J. Project

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Project Chair: Margaret Baker & Carole Webb

Asst. Chairs: Corinne Fikes & Nicole Maxwell

This project takes place prior to local elementary schools’ Polar Express Day. On this special day, students wear pajamas to school, enjoy a cup of cocoa, and watch the Polar Express movie. JA works with counselors and teachers to make sure that children in need have new pajamas (and a new Christmas book donated from Junior Auxiliary members and Crown Club members) to wear for this event. JA would like to extend a very special thank you to Service Specialist for sponsoring this project!

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On Call for Kids

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Project Chair: Jennifer Main

Asst. Chairs: Maegan Tatum & Liz Cassidy

On Call for Kids allows us to provide emergency support to a child/family with children on a temporary and unplanned basis, such as providing clothes to a child who’s home has burned down, groceries if there is not food for the child, utilities, and other urgent needs. Thank you to El Charro for sponsoring this project!

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Celebrate Suess

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Project Chair: Laura Cate Permenter

Asst. Chair: Sarah Belvedresi