I have enjoyed my time in SAJF. It is an organization of caring individuals who give of their time to help others. Annually, we award no less than $25,000-$30,000 in grants and scholarships. Being in charge of scholarships, it has been very rewarding to meet so many outstanding Bexar County seniors desiring to go to college, and hoping to get some financial help. Also I have gone several times to present grant checks to deserving organizations, and they are always so appreciative. It is a special group of ladies.
The San Antonio Junior Forum provides wonderful opportunities for its members to volunteer in service to the community and to work with other non-profits, as well. As a retired teacher I loved the Children's Art Project at the Southwest School of Art Fiesta event where we worked with children helping them discover their own art talents. Hey, Mom, I made a Fiesta medal! I painted a water color! I made my own sculpture!
It is a special privilege and an honor to prepare a home for a family transitioning from the Battered Women's Shelter, and seeing the delight in a high school graduating senior's eyes as we hand out that one-year tuition scholarship is a reward all its own. I admire the continuing work of fellow members and friends in servicing the requests of smaller non-profits with grants for equipment and supplies. My heart was warmed when I saw the appreciation of the women who prepare meals for those in need when they received a much needed new stove. The San Antonio Junior Forum provides valuable services and funds to a broad spectrum of our community.
I have been a member of San Antonio Junior Forum (SAJF) for years, and I have loved every minute because of the tremendous dedication of all the women in the organization. We are a small but mighty group. Every year we dedicate our time to giving out grants and scholarships to those in need in the San Antonio area, plus we spend hours volunteering for organizations that need hands-on help. SAJF has been helping the San Antonio area since 1961 - that's 60 years!
A wonderful thoughtful kind hearted giving organization. The members unselfishly give of their time , energy and efforts on a continual basis.
I have been a member of San Antonio Junior Forum since 1999. I joined to serve our community and make new friendships. I have received so much more than I could imagine. Our group of ladies always give from their heart. One of my favorite service project was doing several make over houses for the Battered Women’s Shelter. This project was one that tugged at the heart strings and when we were done and saw the look of happiness in the faces of the family that were moving into the apartment we all left feeling good that we were able to help the family. We award scholarships and grants each year. We volunteer at other no -profit events. During my years with SAJF I have made many life long friends and made many proud and happy memories during our volunteering adventures. It has been a joy to be a part of SAJF.
I'm so proud to be affiliated with this great organization! I've made life long friends and have gained so much from being involved in our community. The need is great and San Antonio Junior Forum offers so many ways to help. I recommend this non-profit to any women who are looking for a fun and fullfilling way to lead a purposeful life.
Two years ago, my daughter wanted to do some volunteer work and asked me to go with her to the first meeting. When we got there, we were greeted with the smell of delicious pancakes and women in PJ's! They were kicking off a fundraising drive to collect pajamas for the teen moms and babies from Seton Homes. Needless to say, we loved the ladies and the causes behind SAJF and we both ended up joining! We have so much fun serving our community in so many different ways. If you like to brighten up a child's face-SAJF volunteers for Seton Home Fall Festival and Fiesta Art's Fair! If you like to cook, join us in making sack lunches for our veterans at Fisher House. If your heart moves you to help those with disabilities, play bingo at the ARC Halloween party. There are so many opportunities to be involved! We're always looking for women with open hearts and helping hands!
This organization awards $10,000 in scholarships every year to financially at risk seniors. In addition, they award no less than $25,000 in grants to other 501(c)3 organizations
This group is full of loving hearts. From food bank to special needs, soldiers to children of all ages, these ladies give and give.
The Battered Women and Children's Shelter has had a wonderful experience with the San Antonio Junior Forum. This partnership of unconditional support has lasted over several years and we look forward to working with them in future projects.
Joining San Antonio Junior Forum was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have had the opportunity to impact lives with the SAJF program, Kids On The Block which educated elementary age children about children with differences such as blindness, hearing impairment, and mental retardation, among many others. Other programs equally fulfilling, were the chances to provide tours of the Alamo to both school children and tourists alike as well as helping women who were battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. Among the most gratifying of SAJF programs is the scholarship program. Several one year scholarships are given annually and a four year scholarship is awarded every four years. In order to be able to fund the scholarships we wrote and marketed two cookbooks, Celebrate San Antonio and Clean Your Plate. Celebrate San Antonio was awarded the Tobasco Award and recognized by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the thirty best cookbooks in the nation.
In fulfilling my requirements for SAJF, I gained so very much, knowledge of publishing, leadership skills in serving as Cookbook Chairman, Membership Chairman, Ways and Means Chairman, and President. Perhaps my greatest gain has been the deep and abiding friendships that I formed in the process of working on the many projects, committees, and fundraising efforts of San Antonio Junior Forum.
San Antonio Junior Forum has been a large presence in the community for over 50 years. As the times have changed Junior Forum has adapted to continue to serve others as effectively as their numbers permit. In addition to serving such organizations as Seton Home, ARC of San Antonio, Battered Women's Shelter, and Haven for Hope among others, SAJF in 2012-2013awarded Grants totaling $14,119.23 to eleven non-profit organizations in Bexar County. SAJF has also given over $260,000 to high school seniors over the years. It is a great organization for socializing, brain-storming and giving to the comminity.
A wonderful group of women dedicating time and money to local non-profit organizations. Charity work has been a simple pleasure for me. Unfortunately, it's challenging to participate without the support of a group - that's where SAJF has made the difference. I'm a part of a compassionate group of women who love to serve the community with volunteer work, grants, and scholarships, and have fun!