Volunteer Action: A JLRV Tradition By: Meredith Thompson

The foundation of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley began with women volunteering to better serve their community. In its 96th year, JLRV is excited to collaborate with community partners, reconnect with service organizations, and find new avenues of service in the valley. With a dedicated Community Service committee, the JLRV continues to grow our relationships and seek opportunities to lend a helping hand in service.

Since its very beginning in 1984, the JLRV has supported the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Virginia. The JLRV is proud to have helped bring the vision to life within our community, and we continue our tradition of volunteering with the organization. The Ronald McDonald House provides families a home-away-from-home when a family has a sick child in need of hospital services. In recent years, members have helped by serving meals to visiting families, stocking the pantry for guests, and even decorating for the holidays.JLRV Community Service Chair, Sarah Arrington, is pleased to announce that this long standing tradition of volunteer action will continue this year with monthly volunteer opportunities to serve meals to visiting meals. New, active, and sustaining members are encouraged to help us feed the families for one evening each month. 

Members can also look forward to traditional volunteer favorites like gift wrapping for foster children with Roanoke County’s Department of Social Services and the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Over the past year, JLRV members rolled up their sleeves and helped with build days on two dedicated homes with Habitat for Humanity. Of course, more volunteer opportunities will be added as the Community Service committee continues to seek partnerships this year. Members can find opportunities in the STAR member newsletter.

Are you a non-profit organization in the Roanoke Valley and are in need of volunteers? Please contact info@jlrv.org for more information.