Our History


From 1925 to 1935 the League accomplished the following:
•    Workshop for the Blind
•    Circulating Library established
•    Assisted at the King’s Daughters free baby clinic
•    Sponsored Lynchburg for admittance to AJLI
•    Edited and distributed the Ledger-Dispatch
•    First Children’s Play produced – Cinderella
•    Second Children’s Play produced – The Steadfast Tin Soldier
•    Third Children’s Play produced – Sleeping Beauty

From 1935 to 1945 we expanded existing programs and created new programs to include the following:
•    Goodwill Industries
•    Social Service Exchange
•    Mental Hygiene Clinic
•    Began preserving the Myers House
•    Also volunteered to aid in the war effort
•    Created the Civilian Defense Volunteer Office
•    League sponsored the Children’s Entertainment Bureau
•    Volunteered with Red Cross
•    Story telling hour for children, “Land of Make Believe,” broadcast every Saturday
•    Professionals organize recreation program for enlisted men at Navy Y.M.C.A.
•    Major emphasis on wartime volunteer activities
•    During “Women-at-War Week” League inaugurates a concentrated bond-selling campaign – $34,000 bonds and stamps sold
•    Child Welfare Bill, supported by four Virginia Leagues, passed by Virginia Legislature
•    From 1945 to 1955 the League accomplished the following:
•    Free dental clinic for school children
•    Organizing the Cerebral Palsy Training Center
•    Sponsored cultural projects that brought music, theater and special radio programs to Norfolk’s children
•    Created the Day Nursery
•    Sponsored creation of the Central Dental Clinic

From 1955 to 1965 the League accomplished the following:
•    Worked with the Council of Social Agencies and the Volunteer Service Bureau was organized
•    Sponsored the Conference on the Handicapped with the Virginia Council on Health and Medical Care
•    From the above conference there was an effort to create the Rehabilitation Center, which the league spearheaded with an allocation of $26,000
•    Provided scholarships to Old Dominion College
•    School tours and tours of the Myers House
•    Founding of the Norfolk Historic Foundation
•    Combined efforts with the Historic Foundation to restore the Wiloughby-Baylor House
•    Co-sponsored Conference on the Gifted Child
•    First Azalea Ball in 1960
•    Donation to William and Mary Speech and Hearing Center for a testing booth and equipment

From 1965 to 1975 the League accomplished the following:
•    $20,000 gift to the Virginia Aquarium for touch tank
•    $20,000 contribution for an Art Education Director at Norfolk Museum
•    Volunteer at Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute
•    Norfolk Museum Docent Program
•    Work with Norfolk Symphony Association to underwrite the salary of Business-Volunteer Manager
•    Work with Health, Welfare, Recreation Planning Council to create the Family Life Education Project
•    Financial contribution for the development of a probation camp sponsored by the Friends of the Juvenile
•    League name changed to Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 1970-1971 league year
•    Financial support for Drug outreach Center for educational resource library
•    Financial support for C.W. Young Summer Camp sponsored by Friends of Juvenile Court
•    Support for Tidewater Association for Retarded Children promotes continuation of Area Developmental Training Centers
•    Development of girl’s group home under auspices of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
•    Co-sponsored The Family Fair
•    Co-sponsored the Symposium on Child Abuse
•    Assisted the Tidewater Conference on the Handicapped
•    Virginia Beach Historical Exhibit
•    Co-Sponsored SPAC legislative packet on criminal justice presented to the General Assembly


JLNVB Cookbooks

From 1975 to 1985 the League accomplished the following:
•    Tidewater on the Half Shell debut
•    First annual “Whale of a Sale”
•    Girls’ Group Probation Home – Lake House opened
•    Financial support of the Metropolitan Arts Congress
•    Co-sponsored symposium, The Arts and the Audience in Tidewater
•    From 1985 to 1995 the League accomplished the following:
•    Home Front Days Program
•    Project LEAD
•    Growing UP Great


Taylor-Whittle House

Taylor-Whittle House

From 1995 to 2005 the League accomplished the following:
•    A Panel of American Women
•    Toast to Tidewater debut
•    Virginia Zoo Project
•    Career Clothes Closet
•    Children’s Creative Adventure
•    Friends of the Taylor –Whittle House
•    Partnership with Edmarc Hospice for Children
•    Partnership with Excellence Girls Club
•    Partnership with For Kids, Homework and Hot Meals Program


Earth Day at St. Mary’s 2015

From 2005 to 2015 the League accomplished the following:
•    Touch-A-Truck
•    Kids in the Kitchen at Pembroke Mall and Mobile
•    Partnered with Whole Foods to promote healthy eating habits for children
•    Annual Blood drive with the Red Cross
•    Partnered with CHKD to promote the Milk Bank
•    Partnered with St. Mary’s Home
•    Partnered with Habitat for Humanity
•    Partnered with Park Place Child Life Center
•    Partnered with Excellence Girls Club