There are many wonderful organizations in our community that do so much to serve others. The Junior Service League of Forsyth County is certainly one such group.
I recently had coffee with Holly Bagby, one of the league’s members. Holly said that while the league has a small group of about 30 members, it is active in the community. An assistant branch manager at Regions Bank in Cumming, Holly said she joined the league to serve the community and have an impact.
“It is so wonderful to see when you actually do make a difference,” she said.
This is a group that has quite a bit going on.
Its upcoming “My Perfect Prom” event is heartwarming. The league helps girls who, for a variety of reasons, do not have the means to attend high school prom. They contact the girls and then offer a “shopping day,” where the girls can pick out her prom dress, as well as shoes and other accessories.
While that alone puts a big smile on the faces of these girls, the league is not finished. Next, it provides the recipients with a “Pamper Day” where volunteers from the Buford campus of the Georgia Institute of Cosmetology offer their hairstyling talents, and other volunteers serve as makeup artists. All of this so these young ladies can look their best and enjoy their high school prom.
Holly told me they also join in with the schools to waive the cost of the prom tickets for the girls.
So are you wondering how can you help? Clean out your daughter’s or granddaughter’s closet.
Most of us with girls have had to purchase a formal dress at least a few times, and those dresses are usually worn once. Ditto with those sparkly shoes and other rhinestone-studded purses and jewelry.
You can make room in the closet and know you are helping a terrific cause. Just contact the league at www.jslforsyth.com and find out how to donate.
Another exciting event Holly told me about is an upcoming mother/child tea on May 5.
“Last year we had an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and the drama kids at Central High School did that play and came to the tea in costume. It was a big hit,” she said.
This year the theme will be based on “Winnie the Pooh,” and once again the Central drama program will be coming in costume as Pooh characters. All of the proceeds from the tea go to scholarships for local teachers.
If you know a teacher, you’re probably aware they spend much of their own money on supplies for the classroom. The league allows teachers to apply for scholarships to help supplement enriching programs for their students.
Teachers can go online and download an application. Holly said last year a special-needs teacher applied and was awarded an iPad for her classroom. Another teacher received funds so that her classroom could plant a garden.
Please spread the word to teachers about these funds and support the league by attending the tea with your children or grandchildren. The tea is right before Mother’s Day, so it is a great way to celebrate.
Also, if you are looking for a way to get to know a great group of ladies and also help serve in your community, consider joining the Junior Service League of Forsyth County. The requirements are that you live or work in our county and have a heart for service.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at email@example.com.