Mission: Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) is a group of women dedicated to improving the lives of children in Taney County, Missouri. Our projects are designed to fulfill the virtues of charity, youth, health, community service and leadership in members and those we serve.
Results: JATC was established in 1997 by a group of caring, enthusiastic women who wanted to make a difference in the lives of local children. They received their Chapter Charter from the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) in 1998 and have continued to grow and thrive throughout Taney County. Over the past few years we have paid monthly utilities for Women's Crisis Center Cottage for abused women and children and refurbished the cottage from top to bottom; donated hundreds of stuffed animals for children admitted to the local hospital; donated hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies to local schools; annually provided thousands of dollars in College Scholarships to high school seniors from four Taney County high schools; provided opportunities for hundreds of children to experience the joy of giving at Christmas; provided hundreds of girls the opportunity to attend their prom who otherwise would not have been able to attend; provided thousands of dollars for children to receive backpacks of food over the weekend; provided hundreds of high school seniors with information needed to apply to college and receive financial aid.
Target demographics: render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services
Direct beneficiaries per year: by approximately 50 members annually contributing more than 4,000 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars as they strive to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well being of children in Taney County
Geographic areas served: Branson, Hollister, Rockaway Beach, Forsythe, Taneyville, Bradleyville, Kirbyville & other communities in Taney County
Programs: College Readiness programs and scholarships for seniors from all 4 Taney County high schools; ScholarCare for college students who need continuing encouragement throughout their college years; prom dresses for girls in need; stuffed animals for children in the local hospitals; mid-year replenishment of school supplies and hygiene products for Taney County elementary schools; support for the School Backpack Program; Santa’s Gift House, which provides affordable holiday gift shopping for children; Journey, a mentoring project for young women; Women’s Crisis Center Support, providing home improvement and monetary support for one of the cottages housing abused women and their children; Book Swap Stop which provides donated books and homework help to children in extended-stay hotels/motels.