Junior Board

The official volunteer arm for CHNK

Established in 1935, the Junior Board at Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky has one goal: to provide hope and opportunity. The official volunteer arm for our agency, the Junior Board focuses its attention on the youth in our residential treatment program. Its role is two-fold: to fundraise in support of our young clients’ therapeutic needs and to spend invaluable one-on-one time with them.

Junior Board members at the 2016 Junior Board Garden Party

Current Junior Board members Katie, Emily, and Christine mingle at the 2016 Junior Board Garden Party, held as a reunion for past and present Junior Board members.

The individuals who comprise today’s Junior Board look a bit different from the original board in 1935. Today’s members are no longer the wives of the (then) male-dominated Board of Trustees. They are now business professionals, entrepreneurs, activists, parents, and philanthropists making time in their busy 21st century schedules to put the needs of an at-risk youth on their priority list. They do this in multiple ways:

Residential Activities and Events

The Junior Board works closely with our Recreational Therapist to plan activities that help create a sense of normalcy during what can be a difficult time in our clients’ lives. Members coordinate holiday parties, basketball tournaments, summer picnics, and fall festivals. They hand deliver birthday cards and treats. They join the residents for Thanksgiving dinner, often serving as the only ‘family’ in attendance with them. In short, they add a nurturing aspect to what can sometimes be a very clinical treatment program.

Charity Ball

The Junior Board also coordinates the annual Charity Ball; this is one of the longest running fundraising events in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. First held as a garden party in 1935, the event has evolved into a black-tie gala of movers and shakers from across the region who have come together to be social for a cause. Event proceeds from our Charity Ball directly support residential treatment services, specifically our recreational therapy program.

Community Engagement

When CHNK participates in community events, Junior Board members assist our Development Office in bridge building with the wider community. Whether it’s a Memorial Day Parade, an agency recognition event at a Reds game, or a local music festival, Junior Board members (and often, their families!) show up to help raise awareness for CHNK and the youth in its care.

Interested In joining
the Junior Board?

  • Junior Board members meet monthly, typically at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month
  • Meeting location rotates monthly between CHNK’s Devou Park campus and a private residence in Union, KY
  • Members make an annual $50.00 tax-deductible donation to CHNK to cover group expenses and activities
  • Despite the name – which, in the 1930s made sense since it was a “junior” board to the higher-ranking Board of Trustees – there are no age (or gender) requirements for membership

Become a part of the Junior Board legacy! For more information on joining, contact the CHNK Office for Development at 859.61.8768 or email juniorboard@chnk.org.