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12 Collin County Agencies Receive Funding for Community Impact Programs

The Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) Community Grants program supports collaborative programs that have significant impact on the Collin County community and align with the JLCC mission and focus.  This year, twelve Collin County nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding to support their proposed programs, ranging from providing resources for survivors of family violence, support for low-income families and seniors, education and enrichment programs, children’s health and more.  Agencies were honored at a check presentation and reception on May 26, 2015.

“We were pleased to have received applications for so many innovative programs which serve the needs in Collin County,” said Julie DeHan, Chair of the Community Grants Committee.  “It is wonderful to know that the JLCC has such a strong network of partners serving to improve life in our community.”

The Community Grant selection process is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of collaboration among nonprofit service providers.  JLCC is able to combine financial resources, member volunteer hours and its leadership to support the most critical needs in Collin County.  JLCC provides ongoing support in the form of an advisory role, nonprofit management education, volunteer support and amplifying the awareness for the issue area.

“Community grants enable the Junior League of Collin County to partner with local nonprofit agencies to implement programs which will have significant impact on our community.  The JLCC is proud to partner with these organizations to further our mission in Collin County,” stated Angie Adams Sifferman, President 2014-2015 of the Junior League of Collin County.

Nearly 1,000 women strong, connected by values of service, leadership and respect, the JLCC is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Community impact is defined by several means:  outreach and support of over 110 local agencies, 10 community projects, 12 Community Grants, nonprofit management education and professional resources and most importantly thousands of hours of volunteer service each year.

The 2015 Junior League of Collin County Community Grant Award selections are as follows:

Collin County Committee on Aging, Inc.

Support the Senior Safety Net program to provide assistance to 40 extremely low-income, at-risk seniors.  Supply 10 seniors with emergency alert response buttons and service, and assist an additional 30 seniors with medical and dental expenses.  The Senior Safety Net program allows the clients to maintain a level of independence and remain in their homes as long as possible.  


Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Sponsor the expansion of the “Check Out Science” program which provides family passes for free admission to Sci-Tech.  This amount would sponsor three passes to be put into Title I elementary libraries for use by low-income students.


Museum of the American Railroad

Sponsor technology to enable students with mobility issues and special needs to participate in the tour of certain museum artifacts.


Community Lifeline Center

Provide financial support to North Collin County families who are at-risk of homelessness due to an unexpected and necessary financial expense.


Emily’s Place, Inc.

Provide financial support for housing expenses and direct services for the 28 women and children of the Transformational Housing Program, including counseling, childcare, clothing, groceries and education.


ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

Sponsorship for the ManeGait Sensory Trail and Garden, a 1,000-ft trail that includes design elements to stimulate the senses of riders with disabilities.


Hope’s Door, Inc.

Sponsor the expansion of the Transitional Housing Program by adding additional rental units for survivors of domestic violence.


Assistance League of Greater Collin County

Provide clothing and hygiene kits to 50 extremely low-income students in the Collin County area. 


Heritage Farmstead Museum

Sponsor the Collin County Future Farmers of America Sheep and Goat Showmanship Clinic at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in November of 2015. Funds will be used to pay for the 10-month program and instructional opportunities throughout the year.


Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Fund the purchase of 8 iPads to be used in The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Plano. The iPads will allow trained staff at the Center to teach teens strategies to manage social media pressures.


Strengthening Families of North Texas

Fund the expansion of the “Family Well-Being” program, which provides at-risk families parenting classes, home visits, private counseling, and monthly group counseling sessions.


The Bridge Breast Network

Provide breast health information to approximately 500 individuals; patient navigation and/or referral services to 100 individuals; and potential breast cancer treatment services to up to 2 individuals in Collin County.


The Junior League of Collin County is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Collin County began in May 1976, as the Plano Service League, and was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International in February of 1984, becoming the 255th League to join. Today, membership includes nearly 1,000 from cities in and around Collin County, including Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney who value Service, Respect, and Leadership. For more information about the Junior League of Collin County please visit


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