Chartered in 1983 as a fundraising and support organization for shepherd center, the junior committee plans year-round for derby day.
The Junior Committee is a group of approximately 200 Atlanta young professionals dedicated to raising money and awareness for Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s premiere catastrophic care hospitals. Shepherd Center primarily treats patients with spinal injuries, acquired brain injuries, and diseases of the nervous system. Junior Committee members join to help raise money for the Center, have fun, and meet other young professionals interested in giving back to their community.
Hosted by Shepherd Center's Junior Committee, Derby Day raises funds to support Recreation Therapy Program for patients with catastrophic injuries and neurological diseases, as well as programs for people with disabilities in the community. Over the past 36 years, the Junior Committee has donated nearly $4.7 million to Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program as a result of its fundraising efforts through Derby Day. The Junior Committee is committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities by enabling Shepherd Center to offer one of the most dynamic and comprehensive TR programs in the country, including athletics teams, outdoor activities, cultural arts, social gatherings (such as helping patients learn to attend movies and major sporting events). The Committee’s work is doubly important because most activities are not covered by patients’ insurance policies.
Membership is now closed. Membership for the Shepherd Center Junior Committee 2018-2019 year will open September 1, 2018.
Derby Day is only successful because of the time given and hard work of all Junior Committee members. All members are asked to fulfill the requirements listed below. Please look them over and email any questions to Lolly Holland, Special Events Associate at Shepherd Center Foundation.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee?: Aside from throwing the biggest and best derby party in Atlanta, the SCJC has introduced me to an amazing group of young professionals that are working together to donate their time and money to help support such an inspirational program (Rec Therapy) that the Shepherd Center runs. By working hard and playing hard throughout the year the Junior Committee's fundraising efforts helps thousands of patients and their families on their journey to a new normal.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? Because being a part of something bigger than yourself is the most incredible feeling. Your work, time, and dedication to Shepherd is helping people of all ages, all backgrounds, from all over the world, recover from a traumatic injury and helping them find the beauty in life again, helping them get to a "new normal". Plus, the network of incredible humans that you get to meet and work with cannot be beat.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? Junior Committee at Shepherd Center is such an amazing organization with an even more amazing group of people. Being able to help others brings such fulfillment to my life. I am so honored to be a part of a wonderful group of talented people.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? One of my good friends, Adam Diamond introduced me to the shepherd center Junior Committee in 2012. As a young adult in Atlanta looking for an opportunity to get involved with a charity there was no other choice besides the Shepherd Center! The opportunity to raise money for the recreational services department of the leading spinal rehabilitation hospital in the Southeast, and to see the direct impact we have on the patients’ lives is extremely impactful. Whether you are a young professional from Atlanta, new to the city, looking to get heavily involved or just trying to meet people the Shepherd Center junior committee is the place for you!
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee?: As a speech-language pathologist, I'm very passionate about the population Shepherd Center serves. I interned at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd's outpatient rehabilitation center, and had the opportunity to treat patients alongside recreation therapists. These therapists play such an essential role in helping patients recover and find enjoyment in life moving forward. I wanted to do my part to help see that their therapy continues.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? The question isn’t why, but why not. Shepherd gives recent grads and young professionals an opportunity to create lifelong friendships whether you’re an Atlanta native or new to the city. With Shepherd’s open door policy, you can come whenever and bring whoever before you commit. Come see what makes this place so special and do some good while you’re at it!
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? Shepherd Center is such an inspiring place and there is so much amazing work being done there! As someone who was born and raised in Atlanta, I really wanted to get involved in a non-profit organization where I could be super hands-on and see a change. After discovering Junior Committee (and all of the different volunteer opportunities Shepherd offers), I felt right at home and could not wait to get started with the best of the best in this space. Through hearing speakers' stories, spending time with patients and working with other volunteers, I could see firsthand how incredible this place truly is. The thing that struck me most was Shepherd's passion to not only get patients healthy again, but to also help them enjoy life post-injury and find a new normal in their everyday lives through Shepherd's Rec Therapy Department.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? Aside from being extremely important to my family, Shepherd Center offers much-needed help for life changing events. Shepherd Center goes beyond the physical damage and seeks to restore the mental pain. The Junior Committee is dedicated to bringing peace of mind to patients and that's something I want to be a part of.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? Moving from Miami to Atlanta, I was looking for a way to get involved in the Atlanta community. A couple of my friends were members and introduced me to Shepherd Center Junior Committee. After researching what Shepherd Center was and learning more about Recreation Therapy I decided to join. Since then, I have had the opportunity to raise money for an amazing organization that is so well recognized and respected throughout the community, and not to mention throwing the biggest Derby Day party in Atlanta!
I joined Shepherd Center Junior Committee to meet people when I moved back to Atlanta. However, I quickly realized it was more than that. It is about raising money for people who have suffered a life altering accident and giving them the chance to get back on their feet to discover a new normal. SCJC gives young adults the opportunity to get together and make a difference in their community by raising money for recreation therapy.
Why Shepherd Center Committee? I was looking to get involved with an organization that gave back to the community and one of my coworker/ friend recommended I come to a meeting with him and check out Shepherd Center Junior Committee. During the meeting, I was blown away by one of the patient’s story of how he ended up paralyzed from the waist down. One year ago, he had been living the exact life that I was currently living. Then one day he dove into the lake and his life was forever changed. After this he obviously went through a flurry of negative emotions, but once he started Recreation Therapy his whole outlook on his situation changed, and he realized he could still compete and play sports. Shepherd was making such a big difference in his attitude about life after his accident. After hearing this story, I knew this is an organization that I want to be a part of.
Why Shepherd Center Junior Committee? I chose to be a part of the Shepherd Center Junior Committee because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others while having a chance to meet new people and make new friends. The patients we help are the same as the rest of us and they deserve to live the happiest and fullest lives possible. I am looking forward to a great year with SCJC!