Becoming the Junior League of Hampton Roads

The Hampton Roads Service League was founded in 1949 by thirty-six insightful and forward-thinking women. The organization was officially accepted as a Junior League by AJLI in 1956.  Since that time we have been known as the Junior League of Hampton Roads!

Take a look at our history and the accomplishments we are so proud of!

1940s: Our Beginning 

  • Hampton Roads Service League 
  • Steering Committee of 8 
  • 50 Prospective members; 38 Charter Members 

  • Therapy and Counseling initiative 
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
  • President Reagan honored JLHR: President’s Volunteer Action Award 
  • Teen Pregnancy/Teen Health Conference (w/ Coalition of 100 Black Women) 
  • Gave $115,000 to VLM + $30,000 to VASC 

  • Cultural/Arts initiatives 
  • Bi-monthly TV program: “Peninsula Personalities” 

  • “Don’t Wait to Vaccinate” 
  • AIDS awareness 
  • Donated $70,000 to VASC 
  • Domestic Violence advocacy work 

  • “Junior Nature Museum” now the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) 
  • NN Community Child Care Center 
  • Volunteer Programs in local schools 

  • Co-sponsor of MLK Breakfast at TNCC 
  • Donated $100,000 to VLM for Touch Tank 
  • Literacy initiatives “Read Baby Read” 
  • “Ladies (Girls) of Excellence” 



  • Clean Water Act: “The Gifts” documentary 
  • Virginial Hospitality  
  • “Art in a Suitcase” 
  • Child Protection Campaign 

  • Women’s Reproductive Cancer Awareness 
  • W.I.S.E. initiative 
  • Addressing economic adversity / poverty in our area