For over 80 years the JLNVB has helped hone the hearts and minds of women in our community providing them with training, leadership skills, and the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of citizens throughout South Hampton Roads. These women have gone on to volunteer and lead in every non-profit area from the arts to education to a myriad of social welfare and human service causes. One would be hard pressed to find a non-profit organization in any of these areas not touched in a positive way by a League member. Our legacy to the community is our members – Our impact, one member at a time.
The mission of Excellence Girls’ Club Inc. (EGC) is to empower young women by exposing them to positive experiences while developing leadership skills that will enhance their ability to become future leaders in the community. JLNVB supported Excellence Girls’ Club weekly educational sessions, an annual bonding retreat, mother/daughter sessions and field trips, book discussions, and community service projects. Our legacy to Excellence Girls’ Club was the development and funding of a website to support their organization. We continue to work with EGC hosting their annual Career Fair and members from both organizations work together to support Kids In the Kitchen.
The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children is to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement on families. Edmarc was founded in 1978 by a Suffolk Presbyterian minister, Edward Page, and a young boy in his congregation, Marcus Hogge who were both dying from terminal illnesses. Rather than let their tragedies defeat them, the two families joined together to create something positive–and Edmarc was the result.
F.O.R.kids, Inc. (formerly the Haven Family Center)
This five step program based in Norfolk, VA was designed to help homeless families gain permanent independence and generational stability for their children. The JLVNB has committed to three years of a close partnership with F.O.R.kids, Inc. and their dedicated staff to aid them in this successful and rewarding program. Check out their web site!
Looking good is the first step to feeling good about you. The Career Clothes Closet is a program that gives women re-entering the workforce or going to work for the first time that self-confidence by providing them appropriate interview and/or work clothing. The participants of this program are deemed eligible by community agencies such as Social Services, The N.E.E.T. Center and Tidewater Community College Women’s Center upon completion of requisite courses. The Career Clothes Closet was developed by the JLNVB in 1993 and has since serviced over 100 women a year.
In partnership with WTKR-TV News Channel 3, the JLNVB helped by collecting and distributing over 10,000 books to area programs that promoted literacy.
The Virginia Zoo Project
The JLNVB donated $60,000 to the Virginia Zoological Park for the construction of an Educational Center that is now the focal point of their educational programs. Other contributions included thousands of volunteer hours and the creation of a docent-training manual. Growing Up Great
Since 1992, the JLNVB has hosted immunization fairs, distributed over 30,000 to the Healthy Beginning books, 300,000 brochures, conducted parenting seminars, established a telephone information system, and developed public service announcements and television specials.