The Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) Governance Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Stocked Market, scheduled for November 13-15, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as unknown regulations for large in-person events and fluid short- and long-term reopening guidance. This is the first cancellation in Stocked Market’s 30+ year history, and we know how many people look forward to the event every year as the kickoff to the Holiday shopping season. The JLRV is dedicated to the health and safety of our community and looks forward to planning a great event in November 2021. We would like to thank our Stocked Market Committee for all the time, energy, and passion they have poured into this event since last winter.
The JLRV invests about $70,000 annually to better our local communities and encourages you to donate the cost of your ticket ($10+) by clicking here to help during this time. The community’s needs will grow this year, and the JLRV will continue to be there to support it. With your help, we will lend financial support and continue moving the needle.
We will be planning some additional fundraisers for this year. The goal remains our continued support of the JLRV’s mission and our focus of addressing poverty by connecting the community to existing resources and removing barriers to healthcare and food. This focus is more important than ever as our neighbors deal with job loss, economic impacts and school closures because of the pandemic.
Here are some of the ways the JLRV helped during the past year through grants and donations:
- Bradley Free Clinic: $22,270 will allow the clinic to provide more care to patients in the form of lab, pharmacy, and medical supply expenses
- Feeding Southwest Virginia: $1,000 to help with COVID-19 relief efforts
- Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Virginia: $1,000 to help with COVID-19 relief efforts
- Feeding hospital workers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital during the pandemic
- LEAP Mobile Market: $7,901 will allow LEAP to install cold storage on the vehicle and fix and update Mobile Market infrastructure to serve more customers in food deserts
- Kids Soar: $5,000 to help provide year-round multi-generational literacy education to the underserved communities of Roanoke. The Kids Soar Literacy Initiative specifically targets children who are behind on the reading scores Roanoke Schools use to assess reading ability
- Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley (CHIP): $5,000 to help with childcare costs while women go to school or get job training
- Boys & Girls Club: $2,500 to purchase and install two refrigerators so kids have access to fresh food and produce
- $4,000 given to two graduating high school seniors for college scholarships
- Various other community projects throughout the year including providing class rings for high school graduates and making food for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House
Our members provided more than 14,000 hours of community service over the last year at a value of more than $360,000.
The JLRV women rise to whatever challenge is presented. Although this year may look a little different, we will still find a way to better our community, provide a strong foundation for civic leadership and also connect all of us who share a commitment to voluntarism and community service.