As our National Project, the Child Welfare mission exemplifies what it means to be a Chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. Our Chapter creates on-going relationships by providing support and resources to select families meeting predetermined criteria.
This is our flagship program, through which eighth-grade students participate in an anti-bullying campaign led by Rachel's Challenge. The emphasis of the project is to help young people realize that the decisions they make today could impact them for the rest of their lives.
Our members partner with the Pascagoula-Gautier and Moss Point school districts to provide much needed uniforms to families in need. Gently used uniform pieces are collected for months in advance, professionally cleaned by The Brass Hanger, and set-up to resemble a department store shopping experience. This project has become integral in meeting the needs of our community.
INK - Inspirational Notes for Kids
This is one of our favorite projects in which we exchange monthly letters with young girls at a local elementary school. The relationship established provides the girl with emotional support, exercises her language and writing skills, and develops a trusting friendship between the participants. At the end of the school year, the participants meet at a special party to celebrate their new friendships!
One night each month, members of JAPMP bring dinner to the young people participating in the program at Hope House in Pascagoula. Our members present life skills that will benefit the children for years to come.
Backpack Buddies Program of Moss Point and Pascagoula
Backpack Buddies is a program in which qualifying children receive a bag of food on Fridays that lasts throughout the weekend. JAPMP purchases and collects food items to assist in the program for Moss Point and Pascagoula-Gautier schools. Additionally, we provide volunteers each month to "stuff the bags," as well as participate at the annual fundraising event for this great cause.
This project addresses the needs of the local school systems, including providing school uniforms, glasses, medicine, and school supplies for children in need.
Standing for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, this project is very close to our hearts. Each year we provide children's Christmas Wish Lists, as well as gift-wrapping services for donated gifts. Additionally, we volunteer at the annual CASA Blues fundraiser, helping with the Silent Auction.
We assist the shelter with the needs of the children who enter the home. We also provide emotional support to the children while their mothers are in group counseling, with crafts, games, and snacks. In addition, we volunteer at the annual Rock the Cause 5K and Fun Run.
Audubon Children's Garden
JAPMP is a proud sponsor of the Audubon Children's Nature Discovery Garden. Begun as a Provisional Project, this endeavor has blossomed into so much more; with our members volunteering annually for programs such as Family Day, Earth Day, and Toddler Tuesdays.
Each year, we donate five scholarships to five very deserving seniors during their class nights. The application process begins in January and is open to all.
Done in a Day
In these efforts we work in conjunction with other civic-oriented organizations to assist in one-day service projects. Past events have included Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Jackson County Children's Coalition Kid's Time, American Heart Association's Heart Walk, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, various United Way projects, Ingalls's 5K on the Causeway, The Dream Program Golf Tournament, and many more.
The Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point also participates in a number of other local community activities including the Zonta Festival, Christmas by the River, Free Flowing on the River, and events held at the Exceptional School. Through the combination of these many projects and in other ways of giving back, the Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point serves thousands of children throughout East Jackson County.