RALEIGH, N.C. – All 11 Junior Leagues in North Carolina will be the collective recipient of the 5th annual North Carolina Children’s Lifetime Legacy Award from Action for Children North Carolina.
The award honors the Leagues’ “decades of selfless volunteerism and philanthropy on behalf of children and families in North Carolina,” says Barb Bradley, president and CEO of Action for Children.
Citing the vision of Junior League of Fayetteville, Action for Children says, the state’s Junior Leagues are organizations of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
For example, says Action for Children:
- Since 1928, Junior League of High Point has focused on women and children, including the Children’s Center to prepare children to enter school.
- Since 1930, Junior League of Raleigh alone has contributed more than one million volunteer hours and over $4.29 million to community projects and programs focusing on education, health, women’s and children’s services.
- Since 1926, Junior League of Charlotte has provided millions of volunteer hours and over $4.75 million to the community.
- For over 50 years, Junior League of Gaston County has played a major role in developing projects that focus on women and children in need, including the Loray Girls’ House.
- In its 83-year history, Junior League of Greensboro has given over $3 million to the community, including over $1.9 million in the last 10 years.
- Each year, Junior League of Asheville partners with nonprofits to create innovative programs to serve the community in its focus areas of women, children, and education.
- The Junior League of Orange/Durham Counties focuses on “Helping Children Develop to their full potential”.Its member have worked with the Museum of Life and Science to create a volunteer training program, including writing a training manual and donating $25,000 to the museum’s Investigate Health exhibit.
- Since 1988, members of Junior League of Moore County have volunteered in programs throughout the community, including a therapeutic horseback riding program and The Sandhills Children’s Center, a school and day care for the emotionally, physically, and mentally handicapped children.
- Junior League of Winston-Salem will give more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the community.
- Since 1923, members of Junior League of Wilmington have donated countless volunteer hours and contributed $876,733 to many projects and served innumerable agencies and organizations.
“Unquestionably, the members of the Junior Leagues of North Carolina have had an enormous impact upon the lives of children and youth through their volunteerism and financial support,” Bradley says.
“Their true interest in making the quality of life better for all North Carolinians – from the urban districts to the rural countryside – is a testament to the belief that we all have a responsibility to improve the lives of others,” she says, “making this state one where we can all grow and prosper.”
The award will be presented June 18 at an event at The Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus featuring U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as keynote speaker.