The Lemon-Aid Project, founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Katie Eller Murray in 1994, is a city-wide fundraiser held on Labor Day weekend. Originally held from 1994 to 2000, kids across Tulsa, Oklahoma donated their time to sell lemonade and raise money for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Over the course of seven Labor Day weekends, with the help of more than 10,000 youth volunteers, The Lemon-Aid Project has raised more than $350,000.
The Junior League of Tulsa Impact Committee was excited to help provide woman power for the Lemon-Aid Project’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Several JLT members grew up with Lemon-Aid’s mission and were eager to get involved. The Impact Committee organized a school supply drive to donate backpacks for area youth experiencing homelessness. The response from JLT members was tremendous, and the committee helped fill 95 backpacks. This also paid homage to JLT’s 95th anniversary.
JLT members and their children set up their own lemonade stands during Labor Day weekend to raise money for the big event as well. With multiple lemonade stands throughout Tulsa, the Lemon-Aid project raised more than $15,000 for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless in just two days. Members of the Tulsa community, including JLT members, came together at Guthrie Green on September 2 to celebrate their efforts and 25 years of helping the homeless. At the celebration, JLT members filled and handed out 30 welcome baskets to the people living at Hudson Villas, the permanent supportive Housing Program of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.
If your non-profit organization or school has a project or program that could use some extra volunteers, please complete and submit the JLT Impact Grant application HERE. There is a limited budget for project assistance. The main purpose of your application should be to request assistance with projects and programs related to JLT’s mission and focus, rather than to simply provide funds, solicit donations/fundraising, or purchase items. If you have any questions about potential projects, the application process, or need more information, please contact Impact Committee Chair, Mariann Robison, at email@example.com.