2012 – 2013
In our 56th year of service, the JLHR continued its service to the Hampton Roads community while transitioning away from our partnership with Riverside Hospital and our three-year signature project of “Take Time, Know the Signs”, an initiative designed to promote awareness and prevention of female reproductive cancers. We supported the South Morrison Girls of Excellence program and assisted PFAC in celebrating their 50 new focus area, Women In Poverty and at the conclusion of the year, our W.I.S.E program (Women’s Initiative for Success and Empowerment) was in place for the future. Our Rummage on River sale raised over $15,000 while Touch a Truck returned for its second year, earning more than $17,000. Our publications continued to serve as the league’s largest fundraiser and our committee again worked with the Bodacious Bazaar at both their winter and spring events. We also updated our new member program, offering both a fall and spring member class while shortening the length of overall training program.
2013 – 2014
In our 57th year of service, the JLHR continued its service to the Hampton Roads community in our first year of our Women’s Initiative for Success & Empowerment (WISE) aimed at improving the lives of women facing economic adversity in our area. We were honored to be recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine as one of the top non-profit organizations in the Hampton Roads area, finishing among the Top 20 non-profits. We formed relationships with the Newport News Public School Adult and Continuing Education Center and assisted with tutoring while offering GED fee waivers to many qualified candidates who could not afford the cost. We also offered workshops at both Natasha House and Menchville House helping families get back on their feet. Our TeenWISE program partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula to provide programming to young women including an event at PFAC. Our first annual Craft Beer Festival was held in early October and we raised over $16,000. Touch a Truck returned for its third year in May, earning more than $20,000. Our publications continued to serve as our most successful fundraiser and remain popular throughout Hampton Roads and beyond. We focused on increasing our member training opportunities to continue our strong tradition of positively impacting the Hampton Roads community.
In our 58th year of service, the JLHR continued its service to the Hampton Roads community through our Women’s Initiative for Success & Empowerment (WISE) aimed at improving the lives of women facing economic adversity in our area. We supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula through our TeenWISE program mentoring young women and helping to prepare them for success beyond high school. We worked closely with the Newport News Public School Adult and Continuing Education Center to raise awareness about GED resources, provide group mentorship through life skills presentations and offered GED fee scholarships to those facing economic hardship. We are fortunate to be able to make a lasting impact in our community much in part to the success of our fundraisers. We raised over $23,000 through our second annual Craft Beer Festival in October, while our Touch a Truck returned for its fourth year in May, earning more than $21,000. Our publications continued to serve as the league’s most consistent fundraiser generating over $21,000 in sales over the year. We were fortunate to be a recipient of the Peninsula Town Center’s Change for Charity as well as partnering with them for the Fashion Block Party event. We are continuing to solicit members over our seven city territory through our dual entry new member program, while strengthening our current membership through a variety of training opportunities offered over the course of the year. We were honored to be recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine as one of the top non-profit organizations in the Hampton Roads area.