more than $75,000 annual value of volunteer hours •
IMPACT: 1,700 hospitalized children
JLBR FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER COMMITTEE
In the 2011-2012 League year, the Junior League of Baton Rouge entered into a future partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, making our largest philanthropic donation of ONE MILLION DOLLARS, naming the Junior League of Baton Rouge Family Resource Center at the then future Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
Opening in 2019, the Junior League of Baton Rouge Family Resource Center (JLBRFRC) is a front and center destination in the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The JLBRFRC helps children and their caregivers during illness or injury by offering patient and family amenities and a place for patient caregivers to relax and step away from the hospital room.
Some amenities and services provided by the committee include toiletries and necessities distributed at weekly visits via the Comfort Cart; hand-made cards and activity books distributed monthly to patients and adjoining clinics; and exciting special events like the annual Touch a Truck visit and holiday themed pop-up parades hosted throughout the year. Other events include monthly social nights for caregivers, giving caregivers relaxation time outside the patient room.
OLOLCH medical staff provide medical resources to the families, host group support meetings, and ensure that every patient leaves in a properly installed car seat.
Each December, the JLBR Family Resource Center Committee spreads holiday cheer by partnering with the hospital’s Foundation office to assist with their Santa’s Workshop and to host the Junior League of Baton Rouge Sugar Plum Shoppe, where our volunteers help to provide a Christmas shopping experience for patient caregivers.
PATIENT ACTIVITY DAYS COMMITTEE
Celebrating 16 years, the Patient Activity Days Committee partners with the OLOL Children’s Hospital Child Life Department, which is a clinically based program that focuses on meeting the needs of hospitalized children and families through education and preparation for medical procedures, emotional support, therapeutic play, and developmentally appropriate activities. At weekly visits, our volunteers facilitate activities for patients and their families or caregivers in the hospital playrooms or use the closed-circuit tv system broadcasting directly to patient rooms when patients cannot go to the playroom. These activities include arts and crafts, reading, music, and dramatic play. This type of interaction dramatically improves the health outcomes for these young patients.
Each December, the Patient Activity Days Committee spreads holiday cheer by partnering with the hospital’s Foundation office to host the Junior League of Baton Rouge Christmas Tree Farm. At this magical event, all patients are gifted Christmas trees and decoration kits, including tree skirts and lights.