FamiliesFirst has been providing support services to children and families since 1974. Today, the agency serves more than 10,000 Northern California children every year. FamiliesFirst betters the lives of children and their families by providing treatment and support services which emphasize CARE-collaboration, adaptation, respect, and excellence. FamiliesFirst of Contra Costa Country provides services for families in need throughout the county. Programs include: the Independent Living Skills Program, Homework Club and Recreational Activities for Children. During 2008-2009, JLOEB updated and categorized the After School Program Library and the Resource Library at the FamiliesFirst facility. Our efforts included creating events to collect new and gently used books and organizing reading materials for FamiliesFirst and updating existing literature for the different programs, which rely on skills-based books and other staff resources. The after-school library is used by children who participate in the after school program or homework club. The resource room is used by the FamiliesFirst families, as well as staff members. League members also helped to plan recreational activities for the children including seasonal parties, and tutoring sessions for the After School Program. These events promoted self-esteem, provided activities for underserved children, enriched academic learning and provided fun to children who need more of it.
Loved Twice is the JLOEB's new community partner! Loved Twice clothes newborns from low-income families with gently used baby clothing for their first year of life. Community volunteers collect baby clothing, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute the boxes through licensed social workers in hospitals, shelters and clinics. Each baby receives approximately 75 items, including newborn onesies, sleepers, hats, booties, books and a soft warm blanket. More...
Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen
Together with the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI), and more than 225 sister Leagues in four countries, the JLOEB is participating in an exciting new initiative for National Volunteer Week called Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen. The League-wide initiative, supported by the ADA, USDA and Bon Appetit magazine, is designed to create an impact in our communities around issues of growing importance - childhood obesity and poor nutrition. More...