The Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore, Alabama was founded in 1986, the first in Alabama. A group of local women saw a need on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay for a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to community needs in the area of health and welfare, especially with regard to the needs of children. After assessing the needs of the community, the Auxiliary voted to sponsor a four year plan of personal safety for children with education regarding child abuse. Some of the first community projects included Scoliosis testing and “Feet First, First Time,” a program for prevention of spinal cord injuries. Santa visits was their first fundraising project.
JAES has continued to touch many lives along the Eastern Shore Community throughout the years. Some of the past programs include “Child Lures,” a program for children’s safety; Puppets for health and safety education; and “You for Real,” a program fostering self-esteem, health and wellness in young girls. JAES also serve children and families in need through our Families in Crisis program and Children’s Assistance Fund. The Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore values children and continues to work in the Eastern Shore communities to make a difference in their lives.