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Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro Ark. Inc.

With a team of 70 women, the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, Ark. Inc., is changing lives in northeast Arkansas.

"We strive to meet the needs of youth and families in northeast Arkansas through community service projects and mentoring," its president, Tad Margolis, said.

Some of its programs include Share & Wear, where Junior Auxiliary members provide clothes and backpacks to children, and City Youth, where members serve a weekly dinner to about 60 elementary school children,

And over the years, Junior Auxiliary has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and donated more than 160,000 hours to the community.

"By developing programs that instill self-esteem and challenge minds, we work to ensure a bright future for us all," Margolis said. "Anytime there's kids involved, we're ready to help."

The nonprofit serves more than 12,000 children and families annually.

Founded in 1950, Junior Auxiliary is one of the more than 100 chapters of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries of Greenville, Miss.

The volunteers, whose careers range from housewives to doctors, serve a six-year term, Margolis said. "It's such a unique group of people that we can usually find a way to meet any need that there is," she said.

Junior Auxiliary has generated about $120,000 annually from fundraising, but it hopes to improve that amount. For the first time, Junior Auxiliary has partnered with Arkansas State University to hold its "Charity Ball Reaching for the Stars."

The partnership should "double our attendance and invigorate our fundraising efforts," she said. The Junior Auxiliary's event will be held in February.

"We have been successful because of the dedication of the members to the cause," Margolis said. "We have given 60 years of service to northeast Arkansas and constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways to make a difference - one child at a time."
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Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Sep 26, 2011
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