Originating in 1991 as Women In Collierville Community Service (WICCS) with close ties to Collierville's Contemporary Club and The Twentieth Century Club, members voted in 2006 to become associated with the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) to meet the growing needs of the Collierville community. Junior Auxiliary of Collierville (JAC) is now a Chapter of NAJA, a non-profit organization founded in 1941 and headquartered in Greenville, MS. NAJA has more than 15,000 active, associate and life members in 98 Chapters in AR, AL, FL, KY, LA, MS, MO, and TN.
JA was founded on the principles of helping children and making a difference in their lives. The work unit of the JA Chapter is the project. A project is a planned undertaking in the fields of Welfare, Health, Recreation, Culture, or Education for which the Chapter has some part of financial or administrative responsibility. JA members each give at least 5 ½ years of service to their community through their Chapter. Annually, each member serves at least 24 hours and receives a minimum of 12 hours in education with the goal of being a better volunteer.
JAC members are teachers, realtors, advanced practice nurses, photographers, mothers, finance executives and everything in between that volunteer to identify the needs of children in SE Shelby County (with an emphasis in the Town of Collierville), and then create and staff projects to address those needs. Some of our service projects include Summer Food For Kids, Scare on the Square, Stuff the Bus, IMPACT Classroom partnership with Collierville Schools (pilot) and Rockin' Rabbit in Suggs Park (pilot) to name a few. We partner with local organizations such as Main Street Collierville, Collierville Schools, Collierville United Methodist Church and Collierville Connected's Neighborhood Resource Center for several projects.
For 2021-2022, JAC has 33 Active Members (serving) & 11 Associate and 24 Life Members (graduated). JAC members served over 1800 hours within the Collierville community, worth over $45,000 according to Independent Sector. Not including in-kind donations, JAC also directly donated over $2000 in goods and project support materials, like new hoodies for the IMPACT students and winter coats for elementary students, per counselor requests. The Chapter was also proud to debut the annual JAC $2500 Scholarship of Merit for a graduating CHS senior girl who embodies the qualities of service and scholarship.
JAC is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our volunteers’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our volunteers unique.