In 2019-2020, the Junior League of Hampton Roads (JLHR) had two Community Partners and two Community Friends. Last year, our focuses included giving support to those who are hungry, assisting families in transitional living, and childhood education. Our Community Partners selected were Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads and Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Our Community Friends were Downtown Hampton Childhood Development Center and NATASHA House. We supported each of these organizations in unique ways.
Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads is our partner who assists families in transitional living in our local community. JLHR aided the Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads through volunteering at fundraising events and providing $1000 to help with small maintenance projects at the homes. To learn more about this organization, visit https://hdcofhr.org/.
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is our partner who provides food to those who otherwise might go hungry in our community. JLHR assisted with a new initiative offered by the Foodbank – Saturday community pantries every other month. Around Thanksgiving, our Leaguers also staffed the Mayflower Marathon at a local grocery store to collect food for the collection center. Members also facilitated two food drives, one around Thanksgiving and one during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this organization, visit https://hrfoodbank.org/.
Downtown Hampton Childhood Development Center (DHCDC) supports childhood education in our local community. JLHR helped DHCDC by doing monthly toy cleaning shifts to prevent the spread of illness among children attending. We also provided $200 for tuition scholarships during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this organization, visit http://dhcdc.org/.
NATASHA House supports families in transitional living in our local community. JLHR aided NATASHA house by providing birthday boxes for the children in the non-profit. Our Leaguers staffed an appreciation breakfast which was held in November and supported a trash pickup day. To learn more about this organization, visit https://www.natashahouse.org/.
Other Junior League Projects included:
Our members supported Child Protective Services, York County by creating and providing 17 Easter baskets for children.
Our members helped Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News by sewing over 50 homemade cloth masks for medical staff use during COVID-19.