06 Dec Community Impact
The Junior League of Birmingham, Michigan is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Since 1952, the JLB has developed exceptionally qualified volunteers who identify our community’s most pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs. Our hands-on community programs and advocacy efforts directly address critical social challenges, with a focus on women in crisis, including sexual and intimate partner violence and foster care.
Issue-Based Community Impact
Effectively support and help women in crisis with clear outcomes
Community events and support efforts facilitated by the JLB:
COVID-19 Response produce box and bread donations to support local families in need
Trunk or Treat offering holiday fun for families at Lighthouse of Michigan
Monthly Chef Nights for families at CARE House of Oakland County
Monthly Breakfasts for families at HAVEN
Bingo for Boots providing 115+ women at HAVEN with winter boots
Holiday Party for children and families at CARE House of Oakland County
Holiday Adopt-a-Family benefiting women and families at Common Ground
Galentine’s Day supporting women in the Lighthouse PATH program
Wellness Day supporting residents of HAVEN
Little Black Dress Luncheon providing toiletries and personal supplies to local women with a portion of proceeds directly supporting women in crisis
Spring Carnival for children and families at CARE House of Oakland County
Volunteer-A-Thon supporting many community partners
CARE House of Oakland County is a children’s advocacy center, providing first rate services to victims of child abuse and neglect. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency based in Pontiac, Michigan, serving the residents of Oakland County Michigan. Founded in 1977 as the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, they offer an array of programs focused on the identification and treatment of child abuse victims, and on child abuse prevention.
As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year. HAVEN aims to empower survivors to heal, and engage all individuals and communities to address and prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence and to eradicate sexual assault and intimate partner violence and heal those affected by its injustice.
Lighthouse of Michigan was established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter combined forces and merged agencies. LOC was founded in 1972 and started with a group of volunteers who provided food and clothing from the back door of a local church. SOS was established in 1985 by seven religious congregations in Oakland County. Moving forward, the goal is to become a bigger and stronger agency that is equipped to help even more people across all of southeastern Michigan.
Grace Centers of Hope was established in 1942. It provides help and hope to those in need without any government funding. Grace Centers of Hope offers a one-year life skills program for men, women, and children who are seeking shelter and healing for their souls. The foundation of change is the local church which encourages residents to become strong in faith and independence while it lovingly promotes a sense of belonging within a community that truly can be called “home”. True change begins when the hurts of the heart are healed.
Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults and families in crisis. Through its crisis line and in person, Common Ground provides professional and compassionate service to more than 80,000 people a year. They operate a free 24-hour shelter for at-risk youth, manage a home-like transitional living shelter for homeless youth, provide independent living services for young adults who are experiencing homelessness, offer a short-term recovery focused treatment environment, and provide detoxification services and counseling.
Hope Against Trafficking is a 24-month residential program that provides restorative housing and comprehensive services focused on physical, mental, emotional and economic transformation. This dedicated housing and programming is committed to serving adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking induced by threat, force and/or coercion.
Vista Maria aims to deliver innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed. The goal is always to restore children to families in home settings whenever possible. When that is not possible, Vista Maria works with the youth in its care to develop a path that includes life skills development, employment experiences and independent living programs.
Since 1921, Oakland Family Services has recognized that sometimes families face challenges they cannot resolve on their own. In the years since then, individuals and families have continued to struggle with problems that require professional support, guidance and services. More and more families are dealing with day care, parenting issues, family and work stress. Substance abuse, family violence, child abuse, divorce, death and a host of other problems contribute to feelings of loneliness and confusion. Oakland Family Services remains committed to providing a wealth of programs for individuals and families in our community, programs that help put individuals and families back on a path to a brighter future.
State Public Affairs Committee
Educate members to take action on relevant public policy issues
Advocate for the creation and reform of laws related to foster care, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and human trafficking.
Day at the Capitol offering issue and advocacy training as well as providing an opportunity to meet with legislators.
The Government Affairs committee helps the JLB take action on select non-partisan issues at the state and local levels that affect our members and the community at large.
Our key objectives are to educate our members about those important issues affecting our local communities, build awareness of the Junior League with local officials and legislators, and inform League members of the legislative process and how to influence legislation.
In order to accomplish our objectives, each of the Michigan Junior Leagues participates in the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues’ State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), contributing financial and volunteer support. SPAC reviews proposed legislation affecting issues of interest to League members related to the issues of foster care reform and anti-human trafficking measures, along with identifying areas of need where we might initiate legislation. SPAC is a model for other leagues across The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. and we are the go-to Leagues for information on how to proactively influence legislation at AJLI conferences.
SPAC has a nearly thirty-year relationship with Capitol Services, a Lansing-based lobbying firm that helps us monitor legislation of interest. Capitol Services representatives provide informative updates on the status of bills to SPAC members at the monthly SPAC meetings.