The Shakopee Jaycees Community Impact
Embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed that states, “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” this area develops the sensitivity of individual members to societal problems, and knowledge of community dynamics in solving these problems, through actual experience. Like all citizens, Junior Chamber members have a stake in the betterment of their communities.
Community Service involves projects that are designed to promote or improve the quality of life for people in the community. This includes projects that deal directly with people such as elderly assistance, mental health, health and safety, properties, economic development, energy and the environment. The Shakopee Jaycees also focus on youth projects under the Children and Youth Commission and state, national and international Priority Projects. (See below for examples)
Community Fundraising is a critical aspect to the mission of the Jaycees. We deal with the direct raising of funds for Jaycee and Non-Jaycee programs including but not limited to fundraising for local disaster or emergency assistance, health related organizations, foundations and any organized community charities.
Government and Civic Involvement require involvement with the local, state and national governmental process. The Shakopee Jaycees have a long history of working with the local government officials, Chamber of Commerce and city organizations to help the betterment of the Shakopee community.
Examples of Community Projects
Pitch, Hit & Run and Pass, Punt & Kick
Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, exciting skills event for boys and girls where participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
The NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum. The PPK program is free.
Can Do Canines
Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. The Shakopee Jaycees make donations and help with events on a annual basis.
Confidence Learning Center
Confidence Learning Center otherwise known as Camp Confidence is an outdoor center for persons with developmental disabilities. The program at Camp Confidence is aimed at promoting self-confidence and self-esteem, and the necessary skills to become full, contributing members of society. The campers achieve this through active “hands-on”, activities and participation in a variety of outdoor experiences.
Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa. This is a national priority project that the Shakopee chapter participates in annual through donations and fundraisers.
Enigma Teen Center
Enigma is a 5,000-square-foot teen center located within the Shakopee Community Center. The Shakopee Jaycees help fund the Teen Rec Center by annual donations.
Spring Fling Event
Shakopee Jaycees in conjunction with the Shakopee Community Center put together the Spring Fling Event. With normally over 400 kids in attendance, they are offered 4 different age bracket egg hunt, a craft room, a game room, refreshments and food.
Shakopee Fire and Police Departments, ARC Greater Twin Cities, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Shakopee Dollars for Scholars, Feed My Starving Children, Gillette's Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Kinship, Kiva, Polar Plunge...