President’s Message




As the mother of a two and a half year old, “Why” is a question that I hear quite often. While I may not know why the moon is called the moon or why my children have to eat broccoli when I don’t, I can answer with certainty and conviction “Why the Junior League of Hampton Roads?”

Whether you ask why you should join the Junior League of Hampton Roads, why you should support us, or why you should partner with us, the answer is the same. Since 1956, The Junior League of Hampton Roads has been committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Because of the JLHR, a mother who is otherwise unable to afford it is able to get her GED.

Because of the JLHR, a teen who has very few positive role models is able to see in us an example of strong women and is inspired.

Because of the JLHR, a child’s love of reading is renewed or discovered for the first time.

Because of the JLHR, a young girl who is thinking of giving up is cheered across the finish line of her first 5K race.

Because of the JLHR, an abused woman and her child are welcomed into their own, safe home with dignity with new bedding and toiletries of their own.


The reasons why do not stop with what we are doing for others. The JLHR is an organization that develops and trains its members to excel as well.

Because of the JLHR, a member is able to use skills learned through the JLHR to take on more responsibility at work.

Because of the JLHR, a member who is new to the area is able to not just meet new people, but to make lifelong friends.

Because of the JLHR, a stay at home mom is able to jump back into the workforce with new skills when she is ready.

Because of the JLHR, women of different backgrounds are able to come together to give back to their communities in meaningful ways, while learning new skills and making new connections.


The Junior League of Hampton Roads embraces diverse perspectives, builds partnerships and strives to improve our local communities. Whether you are serving an agency in need, considering membership or interested in making a financial gift to support our mission, we invite you to further explore our website.

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to learn more about the Junior League of Hampton Roads. I am truly honored to serve with such an amazing group of woman who all share the same goal of building better communities.

Thank you for your support.

Lee Gonzalez

President, Junior League of Hampton Roads