Each year, The Junior League of Los Angeles will select a Community Improvement Project (CIP) to be completed with one or more our community partners. JLLA will provide a team of skilled volunteers to help complete the project in addition to funding support and in-kind services. The goal of the JLLA Community Improvement Project is to develop a partnership with the organization/facility to create a lasting impact with the partner and to help to increase the impact of the population it serves. The committee will select a project, determine the scope, source the materials and execute the project in partnership with the partner. Examples include library/classroom updates, playground improvements, planting a garden, patios and outdoor spaces etc.
Through our Community Improvement Project, we provide a team of skilled JLLA volunteers to help complete the project in addition to funding support and in-kind services for capital improvements. Past years Community Improvement Project Partners include Covenant House, Mar Vista Family Center, No Limits for Deaf Children and The Emporium.
For more information or to apply to be our 2021-2022 Community Improvement Project partner, click here.
2020-2021 Community Partner: Make Good, Inc: The Emporium (On-going)
Renovated Facility: Make Good, Inc: The Emporium 5429 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016
Project Scope: Revitalize and make the patio space usable for events and socializing. Paint mural wall and ground, install sunshade and ivy along the fence, add furniture, lighting and heaters to make the space welcoming and multi-use.
The Emporium: Foster Resource and Literacy Center is a group of mission-aligned non-profits sharing space and resources to increase positive outcomes for foster and vulnerable children and youth. The Emporium Boutiques are an appointment-only storefront that offers tweens, transition-age foster youth, and young adults basic essentials, career & casual clothing, accessories, and books free of charge.
2019-2020 Community Partner: Mar Vista Family Center
Renovated Facility: Mar Vista Family Center 5075 South Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Project Scope: Paint and organized a multi-use youth room to make it more functional for the different groups that utilize it daily for after school programs, STEM, homework and college prep
The Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) operates on a sustainable and cooperative model through which families remain involved with the Center across generations from early childhood all the way through adulthood.
Through its unique Shared Responsibility Curriculum Model, MVFC has helped transform a community once filled with urban gang violence and unsafe streets into a thriving, healthy community — and given its residents, a safe space in which to learn, grow, and lead.
2019-2020 Community Partner: No Limits For Deaf Children
Renovated Facility: No Limits for Deaf Children 9801 Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor, Culver City, CA 90232
Project Scope: JLLA volunteers worked to update two classrooms to make them family-friendly for parenting classes with young babies. This included cleaning, organizing, building furniture and toys, and making the spaces welcoming and comfortable for families.
No Limits teaches underserved deaf children and their families the skills to succeed in school and in life through its after-school educational centers and distinguished theater arts program, promoting advocacy and awareness worldwide.
2018-2019 Community Partner: Covenant House California
Renovated Facility: Covenant House 1325 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Project Scope: Paint and refresh furniture and decorations in the client intake area, the space in which clients first arrive at Covenant House to receive services to make the space more welcoming.
Covenant House California is dedicated to serving all children, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.