Instant Impact is coordinating with six local non-profits this year to increase the Junior League’s visibility in the El Paso community and to allow the entire membership to participate in a community project. The first event took place in September when we partnered with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger . In our area, there are 131,000 people that need food and 69,000 are children. The instant Impact Committee set up a Mobile Pantry in south El Paso (Houchen Community Center); the northeast (Veterans Non Profit); far east (Sparks Housing) and in Fabens (Fabens ISD). The goal was to distribute 800 bags of food, which was 200 bags at each location in one day. Junior League distributed 18,464 pounds of food, 4,608 diapers, 84 cases of bottled water, 18,192 pounds of fresh produce and Walgreens gave out 142 flu shots.
In October, we worked with El Paso Leadership Academy, a public charter school that provides students a college preparatory education. Their goal is to transform an old parking lot into an urban forest garden that will capture rainwater for irrigation and powered by renewable energy sources. Junior League worked with a company to remove part of the asphalt and had truckloads of top soil and mulch brought in. Close to 1,500.00 worth of fruit trees and shrubs were purchased and planted on Saturday morning with the 8th grade class and community.
In 2017, Junior League will revisit our past project Sharing Sam. Sharing Sam is a presentation for 2nd graders to teach them responsible pet ownership, kindness, to animals and stopping animal abuse. We will work with the Humane Society of El Paso to have a one day event with children and animals. We will also work with Rebuilding Together El Paso to make needed repairs on a home of a low income elderly, disabled resident or a veteran. We will be working with Tocando After School Music Project, which is part of the El paso Symphony Orchestra. Tocando is an after school music program currently held at Hart Elementary and Mission Ridge. The program is offered to students in grades 2-5 and is held after school. Musical instruments were just purchased for the students and a concert is planned at the end of April.