Each year, the Junior League of Lubbock evaluates the needs of the Lubbock community and identifies areas of need, to which the League’s volunteer and financial resources, can make a difference. The process for selecting the focus area for the League’s work involves research into several topic areas to identify the most pressing needs, to learn what current gaps may exist, and to understand what expertise and resources the League can bring to bear on that need. This is an ongoing process that the League completes to define its plans for three- to five-year time periods.
Current Focus Area: Childhood Safety
By selecting Childhood Safety as the next Junior League of Lubbock focus area, our goal will be, by the year 2022, to make an impact on the issues of child abuse and child trafficking in the Lubbock area.
Lubbock County ranks No. 1 for child abuse in all of Texas, according to One Heart Orphan Care. In 2016, Child Protective Services opened 2,219 cases, with 573 of those cases showing there was reason to believe child abuse or neglect occurred.
The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report 2014 indicates that Lubbock County filed 26 percent of trafficking of persons cases in the entire state of Texas.
By adopting this new focus area, the Junior League of Lubbock will be able to concentrate its resources to create change for children on the South Plains.