Continued PFAC Summer Exhibits, Family Communication Workshops, ParenTips, Teen Health Conference and Invitation Only. L.I.F.E. Project began and was awarded a silver medal from the Governor’s Award for Volunteering Excellence. Virginia Hospitality topped $1 million in sales in its 15th year. Tenth year of Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic participation. Awarded $19,245.00 in Community Opportunity/Child Advocacy Grants. Participated in Association-wide Immunization Awareness Campaign. Celebrated 35 years as a Junior League.
The Junior League of Hampton Roads selected new headquarters. Seven community projects focused on literacy and families. Continued projects were: ParenTips, Teen Health Conference, Pine Chapel Partners, Family Reading Workshops, Passport to Literacy, Boys and Girls Club. The League made its final contribution to the Virginia Air and Space Center totaling $100,000. Virginia Hospitality received acceptance into the Walter McIlheney Hall of Fame from Tabasco. Children’s Party Book was featured on the Nashville Network’s “Cookin’ USA. Held “Mother’s Day” service project by providing contributions to area women’s shelters.
Nine community needs were served by the following projects: Magruder Partners, Virginia Peninsula Council on Domestic Violence, Done-in-a-Day – providing volunteers to work with ten different agencies on a one-day basis, Pine Chapel Partners, Family Reading Workshops, Boys and Girls Club, Passport Literacy Program, ParenTips and, the Teen Health Conference. League representatives met with Barbara Bush at a reception in celebration of literacy.
The 1993-94 year focused on “The Quality of Family Life.” Continuing community projects include: ParenTips — celebrating its 10th year, Virginia Peninsula Council on Domestic Violence (VPCDV), children’s programs, Passport Literacy, and Done-in-a-Day. The Book and Author Dinner, with William Styron, the late Lewis B. Puller and Dori Sanders, raised funds for Safehaven.
The Passport Literacy Committee worked successfully with 60 “at risk” sixth grade students; and the JLHR received an award and a plaque from the Newport News School Board for this program. League members volunteered over 450 hours with the Virginia Peninsula Council on Domestic Violence (VPCDV). The Done-in-a-Day Committee (DIAD) participated in 10 projects. Over 600 students attended the Middle School and Teen Health Conference in March. Over 190 individuals attended the VPCDV Roundtable in May. Two new projects were approved for next year, “Community Impact” and “CANDII.” The Southern Living Home Tour was approved as a voluntary project.
Received the 1995 “Celebrating the Family” Award for the “Incubator Effect” conference. Awarded $17,794.50 in Community Opportunity Grants. Community projects included: VPCDV–volunteered on the hotline, administrative support and Child Enrichment Programs. Donated $8,500 for the purchase of an adjoining lot to be used as a playground. Passport Literacy–tutored 70 students for the Passport Literacy exam. ParenTips–celebrating its 12th year, produced three issues. CANDII volunteers worked at St. Paul’s respite care, planning parties and taking the children on fieldtrips. DIAD completed nine projects, including the Teen/Middle School Health Conference, Community Impact shifts were done at the Peninsula Foodbank, Senior focus, C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E. and Habitat for Humanity.
The League received the Virginia Living Museums’s Golden Paw Award. The League received a Certificate of Appreciation from the York County, Poquoson Social Services. A total of $3,000 was awarded as Community Opportunity Grants to Child Watch, “Best Friends” (N.N. Public Schools) and Leadership Institute/Blue Bird Gap Farm. The Peninsula Family Violence Prevention Council brought together over 45 community representatives. Done-In-A-Day projects included Safety-town, Child-rest, Friends of the Homeless, Hampton Health Department, and Gloucester Housing Partnership. Community Impact projects included Foodbank, C. Waldo Scott Center, Habitat for Humanity, Senior Focus, and Teen Health Conference. The Book and Author Dinner raised $6,500 for Peninsula READS. ParenTips produced three issues in its last year. A Legislative Reception was held at Headquarters.
The year’s theme “Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future” marked the JLHR’s 40th anniversary. The League received the Service Organization Award from the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, was recognized by the Virginia Peninsula Council on Domestic Violence (VPCDV) upon the opening of its “Transitions” facility and received the Friendship Award from the BEST Friends Program at Carver Elementary School and Crittenden Middle School. Community projects included working with CANDII (the Children’s AIDS Network Designed for Interfaith Involvement), VPCDV and Passport Literacy. Done-In-A-Day (DIAD) projects included Safety Town, Immunization Clinic, Avalon Home for Battered Women, International Volunteer Conference (ICVA), Foster Appreciation Night, Friends of the Homeless, The Mariners’ Museum, Riverside Healthy Families and Friends of the Elderly.
“From Vision to Action” was selected as the year’s theme. The League was recognized by Peninsula READS for Exemplary Service in Promoting Adult Literacy. The JLHR joined with the Junior League of Norfolk/Virginia Beach and WTKR Channel 3 in a program called “Jingle Books” during the month of December. Over 10,000 books were collected and distributed to the library at Sedgefield Elementary and other local charities. The JLHR sponsored the Martin Luther King Breakfast along with Links, Inc. and Thomas Nelson Community College in January. The JLHR was also involved with the Peninsula Women’s Forum in March. The first signature project of the League, PEERS, Partners to Enrich Education and Realize Success, was established at Sedgefield Elementary School in Newport News. The goal was to assist the school in improving academic achievement and Standard of Learning scores. Rummage on the River, The Big Yard Sale was held in April and was an overwhelming success. A group of Sustainers raised $50,000 for the expansion of the Virginia Living Museum.
1999 – 2000
The theme for the year was “Catch the Spirit, Share the Vision”. The JLHR was honored at the AJLI Annual Awards Dinner in May with an Organizational Development Award for Strategic Planning. The PEERS (Partners to Enhance Education and Realize Success) Signature Project continued its second year of a three-year commitment to Sedgefield Elementary. Sedgefield students received more than 270 hours of tutoring from JL members. Members participated in 135 volunteer shifts for PEERS. The JLHR again co-sponsored the Martin Luther King Breakfast with Links, Inc. and Thomas Nelson Community College.