Art on the Square is the top-rated art fair in the country and brings in over a million dollars in sales annually. JSC supports this service by assisting with the May festival's setup and teardown, while also providing artist hospitality, and serving as community liaisons. JSC Service Chair, Agnes Bugaj
Belleville Area Humane Society is a new service to JSC this year. JSC will help in a variety of ways throughout the year. Volunteering can include working at the center to help with animal care as well as special events sponsored by Belleville Area Humane Society.
JSC serves several different local agencies with this service by shopping and preparing special household needs baskets for families in the community.
Family Hospice provides hospice care to families with terminally ill loved ones. JSC volunteers to help provide meals and bereavement baskets to these families, and also volunteers at the Tree of Memories at Christmastime. JSC Service Chair, Tara O'Sadnick
Caritas Family Solutions provides an array of social services to meet the social and emotional needs of people from all backgrounds throughout Southern Illinois. It operates the largest adoption and foster care program in southern Illinois. Caritas provides pregnancy care and clinical counseling services and also operates a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected children. JSC Service Chairs, Ashlee Lambert & Kelci Jones
VPC serves victims of family crisis situations with primary focus on women, children and the elderly. Services include crisis intervention, prevention programs, children's programs, counseling for individuals and families and education. JSC members prepare going home kits for babies up to adult women, work in the shelter shop, work the front desk, wrap gifts for VPC fundraisers, bake cookies for VPC cookie walk, donate valentine surprises and help clean the shelter.
The goal of Project READ is to assist illiterate adult students who are trying to obtain their GED or to learn English as a second language through Southwestern Illinois College. JSC members donate book bags filled with school supplies, record books on cassettes and tutor students. Please remember to shop for Project READ when you are shopping for back-to-school!
S.A.V.E. (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises) is a job training facility for the mentally handicapped. Junior Service Club provides support by hosting an annual Halloween Party for those clients able to participate. We provide games, activities, food, drinks and prizes. JSC members do all the work and supervise all of the events. JSC Service Chair, Samantha Riley
WERC is a private, non-for-profit organization founded in December 2005 to serve the neighborhoods which collectively are bounded by Routes 157, 161, 15 and 26th Street in Belleville, Illinois. This area is more commonly referred to as the "West End." WERC's mission is to serve as a catalyst for home ownership, neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization. JSC volunteers services to support this organization by painting, sanding, caulking or whatever is needed.