Rochester Junior Women’s Club Charitable Causes

Each year, the Rochester Junior Women’s Club selects a major recipient and helps dozens more with smaller donation requests.

2019-2020 Recipients

Blessings in a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children and families.

Each week, volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend (six meals) to “at-risk” students. These students are participants in the government-subsidized free or reduced fee hot lunch program.

The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.

Friends of Foster Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Macomb County, Michigan in 2008. From Macomb County alone, there are approximately 900 children in foster care each year. Many of these children have never experienced the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas.

Friends of Foster Kids provide a “Christmas” for foster children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. In a season for family, granting a child’s wish speaks softly of unconditional love from people who care.

Friends of Foster Kids has expanded its service to lend a hand to those who have aged out of foster care at age 20 but are still in need of assistance. Many find themselves with no family and no place to live. We help them by meeting some of their essential needs to live independently.