T-TOWN 200: JUNIOR LEAGUE HELPS CELEBRATE WOMEN IN TUSCALOOSA
As a part of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration, the month of March has been dedicated to celebrating civic involvement and women in Tuscaloosa. The Junior League of Tuscaloosa has helped recognize and honor women that make a difference across the Druid City.
The first week of March, the Junior League of Tuscaloosa had their Little Black Dress Initiative where they raised awareness around poverty in the community and raised $4,000 to help buy books at Holt Elementary School.
During this week, their mission is to celebrate everyday superwomen. Today, March 20, the Junior League provided breakfast from Chick-Fil-A for social workers at the Alabama Department of Human Resources’ Tuscaloosa County office.
“And to me, this group holds a special place in my heart and that’s why I chose to celebrate them this week,” Junior League Provisional Director Courtney Chapman Thomas said. “Because I’m a foster parent and this has really been a difference maker in my life. And these women have been heroes for my little one that I get to love right now and they’re heroes every day for kids and families in our community.”
The Junior League has two more events this week that are a part of their celebration of women in the community:
- Tomorrow, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. there is a sustainer-member luncheon at The University Club for women who were long-term members of the Junior League and pillars of the Tuscaloosa community.
- This weekend on Saturday, March 23, they will be hosting the Treasure Hunt, a community yard sale at Village East Shopping Center that will last all day. Proceeds from the yard sale will then go towards their community grants that they give out to the city of Tuscaloosa.
Members of the Junior League have also been going around the community leaving cards, messages, gifts and flowers to other women to acknowledge everything they have done. Thomas said that the goal is to personally honor the women who don’t often get recognition for their daily work.
“If you look at the history of Tuscaloosa in 200 years there have been some incredible women who have been movers and shakers that really have shaped our community identity,” Thomas said. “That have really put services in place to help our community be better and this week we know that there are so many women in our community doing the same thing every day and you know not all the time do they get to be celebrated and told good job, not because people are doing it intentionally. It’s just that they’re doing such a lot of the hard work that’s behind the scenes that not everybody stops. And so it’s important for us as a group of women that want to empower other women to say, ‘we see you and we see your hard works and we see the impacts and it matters to us.’”