JCYM is an all-volunteer women’s philanthropic organization founded in 1961. Today, more than 250 members provide support to area philanthropic organizations through financial donations, over 60 service projects annually, and educational scholarships. Fundraising and hands-on service projects are equally important functions of the club. Since its founding, JCYM has given over $3,000,000 in financial contributions and scholarships. Members give over 20,000 service hours annually.
JCYM is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. JCYM does not employ staff nor occupy office space which allows the club to donate 100% of the proceeds from its fundraising projects to other organizations.
Philanthropy has been the hallmark of JCYM since the beginning. The club has provided support to numerous organizations, often creating programs to fill needs that are identified in the community. Currently, the club focuses on the following organizations:
Kids TLC, Inc.—founded by JCYM as Temporary Lodging for Children in 1972
Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.
Friends of Shawnee Indian Mission
Growing Futures Early Education Center (formerly Head Start of Shawnee Mission)
Johnson County Christmas Bureau
For 25 years (1991 thru 2016), the annual JCYM Home for the Holidays Homes Tour was enjoyed by many. Area homes were lavishly decorated by local decorators for public touring.
Beginning in 2017, JCYM will focus on the Boutique as our primary fundraising project. The two-day event is free to the public, and features unique items for sale by over 50 vendors. During the two day boutique, there are some "special events" that may include brunch (separate brunch tickets sold in advance), live entertainment and "bright idea" demonstrations. The club is supported by underwriters for this project.
Service projects include projects with the residents at Kids TLC, working shifts at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, reading to children at Growing Futures, sorting clothing for SAFEHOME residents, playing bingo every week with residents at Evergreen Living Innovations nursing center, and much more. The club provides a wide variety of projects so that members can contribute their time in the way they prefer.
Today, the JCYM tradition continues to promote and foster charitable, literary and educational purposes, by and through uniting congenial women of the community. If you are interested in supporting the community and helping others, in forming new friendships and participating in interest groups and social activities, please contact us!
We are large enough to make a positive impact on the community
but small enough to offer lifelong friendships!