On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Junior League of Austin broke ground on its new Community Impact Center, located at 8501 Bluffstone Cove, just west of Loop 360 and Spicewood Springs. The 48,000-square-foot building will double as the League’s headquarters as well as a resource for the League’s numerous community partners. The new space will also allow The Junior League of Austin to expand its signature programs including Coats for Kids, FIT- Food In Tummies, and the newly announced KICS, Kids In Cool Shoes, which will pilot this spring.
Former JLA President and capital campaign co-chair MariBen Ramsey, capital campaign co-chair Amber Carden, City Council Member Alison Alter and JLA president Julie Hall spoke at the ceremony, which also included a colorful groundbreaking and festive lunch. Numerous past presidents, community leaders and donors were also in attendance.
Lead donors for the Community Impact Center so far include the Nelson Puett Foundation, Cindy and Greg Kozmetsky, and the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.
Construction on the new Community Impact Center is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2019. The new headquarters will include the following resources:
• Community event room with flexible auditorium and/or banquet seating for a maximum of 442 and interchangeable segmented meeting/event space
• Catering kitchen for both League and community events
• Ample space for Signature Impact Programs: FIT Food Pantry, Coats for Kids
• Dedicated fundraising program space for A Christmas Affair and future League fundraisers
• A designated sustainer’s gathering space
• Main foyer, lobby, outdoor veranda and gathering spaces for ongoing collaborative meetings and events
• Multiple meeting spaces and significantly expanded work spaces
• Member working area that supports as many as 60 members
• Member lounge upstairs
• Loading access for FIT, Coats for Kids, A Christmas Affair
• Parking for a minimum of 240 cars, including a four level-garage
The Junior League of Austin is an organization of more than 2,500 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. On an annual basis, The Junior League of Austin contributes more than $800,000 to the Austin community, and its members provide approximately 160,000 hours of volunteer service.