Rochester Junior Women’s Club Charitable Causes

Each year, the Rochester Junior Women’s Club selects between two and four major recipients and helps dozens more with smaller donation requests.

2017-2018 Recipients


Oakland University began offering an autism endorsement certificate for teachers and other professionals over 3 decades ago. Today the program has grown and evolved into the Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES).

OUCARES provides innovative programs for teachers and programming for individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our multifaceted approach includes education for professionals, research in the field of autism education and daily living, and support services for families.

In 2004, Oakland University expanded its autism expertise by establishing an autism center focused on serving the daily needs of families impacted by autism with the primary goal of improving quality of life. Funded solely through donations, Oakland University has offered extensive programming to individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over the past 10 years, we have served more than 1200 families through different recreational programs, camps, and events.

Oakland University looks forward to growing with the community and to continue servicing individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We continue to operate as a nonprofit and work to raise funds that will support our efforts.

Professional Law Enforcement Association

The PLEA Foundation is 100% volunteer based and utilizes donor contributions towards fulfilling our four initiatives; K-9 & Police Officer vests, training, equipment and stuffed animals for children in stressful situations.

Its mission is to provide support with training costs and much needed equipment through donations to law enforcement professionals, including k9 officers in need.

Sew Much Comfort

The Sew Much Comfort mission is to provide custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members from current conflicts and from all branches of the military and National Guard. We wish to aide in their recovery, provide a tangible reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice and give them an added measure of comfort, dignity and freedom as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life. Adaptive clothing accommodates their medical devices and situations, provides ease of use, increases personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their injuries.


• Sew Much Comfort is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, tax ID #75-3178122

• Sew Much Comfort formed in November 2004. SMC is flourishing due to its strong & committed support from our volunteers and donors.

• We began in November 2004 and proudly celebrate our 13th anniversary.

• Sew Much Comfort has created adaptive clothing and comfort accessories to meet the unique needs of the wounded.  From the beginning of the design process we solicited input from the wounded and the medical staff to ensure that SMC clothing meets the broadest needs of the injured.

• Seamstresses use copyrighted instructions created by SMC to create our custom adaptive clothing.

• Sew Much Comfort provides adaptive clothing to all branches of the military and national guard serving in current conflicts. Because of the generosity of our seamstresses and donors, we can now proudly support all Veterans.

• Sew Much Comfort is the only organization providing adaptive clothing at no cost to our wounded service members.

• Sew Much Comfort has provided 155,288 plus pieces of adaptive clothing to military hospitals in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Career Dress

 Since 2002, Career Dress has served over 4,000 women actively seeking employment.

The Career Dress Boutique is completely self-funded, and operated by a staff of 9 dedicated volunteers.

Career Dress assists clients by referral only, and women must have a job interview scheduled or be in a job-training program before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from over 40 different agencies, including State of Michigan Welfare-to Work programs, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Department of Human Services, Homeless, Domestic Abuse, and Drug Rehabilitation facilities.

On the initial visit, women are fitted with new undergarments. They are then given one complete interview outfit along with accessories, appropriate for the industry in which they are interviewing. When a job is secured, women come back to Career Dress for two additional outfits that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing them with the foundation for a professional wardrobe. (Note: We also provide appropriate clothing for a variety of industries, including scrubs for the medical fields, uniforms for restaurant workers, work boots, etc.).