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 working at the winter Unique Boutique and by assisting with the May festival as greeters, while also providing artist hospitality, and serving as community liaisons.
JSC Service Chair, Katie Schaefer
Belleville Area Humane Society (BAHS) is a shelter which strives to improve the lives of homeless animals in our community through adoption, humane education, and community outreach. JSC helps BAHS in a variety of ways throughout the year. Volunteering includes working at the center to help with animal care as well as helping to staff special events sponsored by BAHS.
JSC Service Chair, Maggie Keller
Caritas Family Solutions
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 helps Caritas by volunteering at their various locations and doing activities with the residents, as well as helping at their annual Heart & Soul Gala and Secret Santa toy drive.JSC Service Chair, Tara Rujawitz
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 Christmas time.
JSC Service Chair, Christine Arbeiter
MindsEye is a radio broadcast for the blind community. JSC members go to the studio and read books and newspaper and magazine articles, which are recorded and transmitted to special radios in the participants’ homes and streamed online.
JSC Service Chair, Amber Winters
JSC members prepare cupcakes and play BINGO with the nursing home residents and distribute small prizes to the winners. BINGO takes place on the second Tuesday of each month, and the residents really enjoy and look forward to this event.
JSC Service Chair, Hillary Diliberto
Project Compassion, NFP (PC-NFP) is dedicated to promoting the empowerment and enhancement of disadvantaged and low-income women and children with a focus on middle and high school girls. JSC assists with preparing packages of necessities and delivering them on Compassion Day.
JSC Service Chair, Beth Edwards
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.
JSC Service Chair, Jill Baudendistel
S.A.V.E is a job training facility for the mentally handicapped. JSC provides support by hosting annual Halloween and Valentine’s Day parties for those clients able to participate. JSC provides games, activities, food, drinks and prizes. JSC members do all the work and supervise all of the events.JSC Service Chair, Marilyn Woods
The St. Vincent DePaul Soup Bus is a mobile kitchen that is used to bring meals to impoverished areas. JSC members prepare food, ride on the bus and serve the food to the needy. Members also donate books, gloves, and scarves for those visiting the bus.
JSC Service Chair, Kelli Rauckman
VPC serves victims of family crisis situations with a 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 donate items needed by the shelter on a monthly basis, make desserts for the More than Just Desserts Event, and help with tasks at the Shelter and Shelter Shop resale store.
JSC Service Chair, Gina Pereda
JSC serves several different local agencies with this service by shopping and preparing deliveries of needed items to different non-profit agencies. JSC members shop for a different agency each month.
JSC Service Chairs, Amanda Fisher and Lindsey Mills