Welcome to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s website! I am honored and pleased to serve as the President for the 2021-2022 League year. This year we are celebrating 95 years serving the Roanoke Valley and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish on the road to 100 years.
The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is a non-profit organization of more than 400 members committed to our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our organization welcomes all women who value our mission statement. We are committed to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations, and communities.
Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley is one of 295 Leagues, with more than 125,000 women from four different countries that comprise the Association of Junior Leagues International. All Junior Leagues share a common goal of training volunteers and developing civic and community leaders. Junior Leagues throughout the world are also united in their shared desire to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives but also change the way people think.
Over the last year through the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, our league stepped up to continue the work to help our community through our focus of Addressing poverty by connecting the community to existing resources and removing barriers to healthcare and food.
During 2020-2021, we were not able to meet together like normal, but we still continued to work to better the Roanoke Valley. This year we volunteered at vaccine clinics, fed over-worked healthcare workers, collected over 3,000 toys at our first ever JLRV Toy Drive, and made craft kits for Children at Carilion Hospital. We still hosted our annual Blood Drive with the Red Cross and held successful drives to collect over 1,000 books for the West End Center and almost 600 pounds of food for Feeding Southwest Virginia.
With our three grants, we were able to give out over $52,000 to eight different community partners in need, even without our signature Stocked Market. In addition to our grants, we were able to donate money to support the Bradley Free Clinic, Ronald McDonald House, and Feeding Southwest Virginia. We provided funding for coats for school-aged children through Humble Hustle and money for diapers to CHIP. This was an unprecedented year for so many and because of the hard work of our members, we were able to continue to volunteer and financially assist our community partners in the Roanoke Valley.
This year we are looking forward to bringing back our signature fundraising event for the 33rd year, the Stocked Market at the Berglund Center, after a year away due to covid. We look forward to seeing everyone shopping, children visiting with Santa, and maybe even a visit from the Grinch! We also look forward to continuing our partnership with Carilion to collect toys for children through our new Toy Drive and our signature New Member Blood Drive.
Our organization is known for our trained volunteers and has a legacy for being a provider of civic leadership training for women in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Over the past year, we were able to have training on implicit bias and addressing microaggressions, foster care, women in male-dominated fields, and civic leadership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the JLRV, please take a look at the process in the ‘Become a Member’ section of our website.
In 2014 I joined the Junior League of Roanoke Valley because I wanted to further grow my leadership skills, volunteer, and meet more local women. As a new stay-at-home mom of twins +1, the JLRV provided a place to continue to enhance my leadership skills. To this day, the JLRV continues to serve me well in my capacity as an elementary school teacher as I continue to learn to lead and volunteer in the community. I can truly say that my membership in this organization has given me many opportunities to engage more with the Roanoke community, volunteer, expand my skills and meet life-long friends.
Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. Please take the opportunity to explore our website, learn more, and connect with us. We would love to work with you, whether you are a potential member, sponsor, community partner or would just like to learn more about the Junior League of Roanoke Valley!
JLRV President 2021-2022