Junior League of Tampa Provisional Class Project in Full Swing at Mary Lee’s House

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Numerous events planned to benefit the children’s protection and advocacy center and other Tampa non-profits serving area children and families

The Provisionals have added an extra level of service not only to children and families but also to the employees who serve them.

Spring is shaping up to be a very busy season at Mary Lee’s House, thanks to the efforts of the 2009-2010 Provisional Class of The Junior League of Tampa.

The provisional class, made up of more than 145 women, has been working hard on a variety of projects to help support Mary Lee’s House and the non-profit agencies housed within it. Volunteer efforts kicked off last month when The Junior League of Tampa’s Sunshine Committee members delivered lunch and other goodies to recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff of Mary Lee’s House and its partner agencies.

“The Provisionals have added an extra level of service not only to children and families but also to the employees who serve them,” said Lisa Colen, Executive Director of Mary Lee’s House. “Their energy and enthusiasm shine throughout this building and have certainly made our first year in service a memorable one.”

Upcoming Tampa events include:

  • A book fair and literacy workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the Town N’ Country Family Support and Resource Center on Saturday, March 6th
  • A work day to transform the front porch of Mary Lee’s House into a more welcoming, tranquil environment for children and families
  • A luncheon for The Junior League of Tampa Sustaining Members to learn more about the Guardian Ad Litem Program. This will be held at The Plaza on Harbor Island from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 18th.
  • A literacy workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the North Tampa Resource Center on Saturday, March 27th.
  • “Celebrating Children: A Party at Mary Lee’s House,” an event geared toward raising awareness of child abuse in the Tampa Bay area while giving children a chance to enjoy a fun-filled day with carnival activities on Saturday, April 24th.

Mary Lee’s House, a children’s protection and advocacy center that opened in late 2008, serves children who have been removed from their homes due to suspected cases of abuse and neglect. Instead of having to take the already-traumatized child to the doctor, then the police and then to court, Mary Lee’s House has all those services – and more – under one roof. Funding for The JLT provisional class to assist with Mary Lee’s House was secured through a generous donation from the Eckerd Family Foundation.

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