President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s website! I am both honored and excited to serve as the President for the 2020-2021

League year. We are on the road to 100 years of JLRV and looking forward to celebrating that milestone!

The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is a non-profit organization of more than 400 members committed to our mission statement 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. Furthermore, we are committed to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley is one of 291 Leagues from four different countries that compose 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 bring about lasting and meaningful change in their communities

This is a challenging time for all of us as we navigate the uncharted waters of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Despite this situation, our priorities haven’t changed: now, more than ever, we are dedicated to our mission and making an impactful difference in our community. We immediately jumped in when food bank shelves were empty and organizations needed money. We also helped feed healthcare workers taking care of Coronavirus patients at the hospital during their grueling shifts.

We are able to help during times of need through our Community Focus of:

Addressing poverty by connecting the community to existing resources and removing barriers to healthcare and food.

The JLRV offers community volunteer opportunities to our members with other non-profit organizations and partners relating to our community focus area. This year marks the kickoff year for the League’s new Community Focus Grants, which provide grant funding to local community organizations to fund projects that align with the JLRV focus.  Each November, the JLRV raises money to support our organization and community programs through our signature fundraising event, The Stocked Market.

Our organization is a premier source of leadership training and development opportunities for women in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. If you are interested in becoming a member of the JLRV, you can read more about our process in the About section of this website.

I joined the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier in Louisiana in 2010 because I wanted to further grow my leadership skills, volunteer, and develop friendships with like-minded women. I transferred into JLRV in 2011 when I moved to Virginia. I can truly say that my membership in this organization has given many opportunities to do each of these things.

Thank you for interest in the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. I encourage you to take the opportunity to explore this website and learn more!

Jenna Zibton