The Junior League of Texarkana is committed to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our community projects are offered annually and support local children.

2020-2021 New Member Project
Toiletries for Teens

This project involves filling small totes with travel-size toiletries to be distributed to area high schools who will discreetly distribute the totes to their students as needed. Donations are currently being accepted of travel-size tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shampoo/conditioner, Q-tips, soap and lotion. These totes will be made available to both male and female students, so please consider this if purchasing toiletries.  Please contact the Junior League office for more information.

To make a financial donation to Toiletries for Teens, click here.  All cash donations are tax deductible.

Open Hearts Food Pantry

In partnership with Harvest Regional Food Bank

We assist children facing food insecurity.

Upon learning that secondary students do not benefit from weekend food assistance programs such as those offered to elementary children, our new member class of 2017 – 2018 set out to find a solution. Open Hearts Food Pantry was adopted as a project in 2018 to meet the needs of middle schoolers facing food insecurity. Through this project, we provide funding and volunteer hours in support of Harvest Texarkana’s weekend food assistance program.


Harvest Regional Food Bank

Packs for a Purpose

We provide care packs for children in foster and kinship care.

When children must leave their homes through the Division of Children and Family Services (AR) or Child Protective Services (TX), they often have only a trash bag in which to gather their belongings. We adopted Packs for a Purpose in 2018 to meet the needs of these children. Our packs contain living essentials, school supplies, and comfort items which assist in maintaining the dignity of children.



Shoes for the Soul & Clothes for a Cause

With support from local school districts

We provide shoes and clothing to children in need.

Shoes for the Soul was adopted as a project in 2005. It has since expanded to include Clothes for a Cause. With support from local schools, we identify children in need of shoes and clothing and spend a morning shopping together.


Texarkana Gazette – April 2016

Spring Into Reading

In partnership with local school districts

We promote childhood literacy.

Spring Into Reading was adopted as a project in 2006 with the aim of encouraging elementary students to take a greater interest in reading. In partnership with local schools, we select a local elementary campus and coordinate a reading-themed pep rally and classroom visits. Students enjoy performances and motivational speeches from high school student leaders and coaches followed by reading time with Junior League volunteers. At the end of the day, each student is given a backpack filled with grade-appropriate books to be taken at home.


KTBS 3 – March 2018

Teacher Take Wing

With support from local school districts

We support classroom teachers.

Since the 1990s, we have awarded grants to area teachers for innovative, classroom projects through Teacher Take Wing. With support from local schools, our League distributes grant applications to teachers at the beginning of each school year. Applications are reviewed, scored, and ranked anonymously by the Teacher Take Wing Committee, and grants are awarded in the fall.




For questions about JLT projects:

Joy Sandefur

Community Vice President