Giving Back Awards 2013

Sponsored by Old Point National Bank Honoring The Region’s Outstanding Non-Profits




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4) THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HAMPTON ROADS, INC.    

729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 4-D, Newport News • 757-873-0281 • www.JLHR.org
Number of votes: 380

Established: Founded as the Hampton Roads Service League in 1949. The group became the Junior League of Hampton Roads (JLHR) in 1956.

Mission: The Junior League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is an organization of approximately 500 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Key people: The JLHR is led by a board of directors drawn from active members of the organization. The 2013–2014 Board currently includes Lynn McMullin, president; Talley Williford, president elect; Jennifer Wong, communications vice president; Gwendolyn Meharg, community vice president; Haley Hanlon, finance vice president; Jamila Hardy, membership vice president; Nicole Camhout, membership ambassador; Sophie Davis, treasurer; and Cathy Westphal, secretary.  

Programs: This year, the JLHR has launched its newest campaign, the Women’s Initiative for Success and Empowerment (WISE). WISE is designed to empower and uplift women who are confronting economic uncertainty and adversity. It focuses on success and empowerment by providing increased access to resources which improve educational, financial, and life skills. In addition, the organization provides positive experiences to young women through the teen outreach program. WISE will be implemented in our local communities through three coordinated committees: Get WISEr!, MoneyWISE/LifeWISE, and Teen WISE.”

Volunteer opportunities:  Because training volunteers is such a large part of the mission, new members go through a three-month training course to learn about the organization and its community involvement. New members are accepted in January and August of each year.

What are the biggest struggles your organization faces? “Our biggest struggle is one that many non-profit organizations are currently facing: recruiting and retaining members. There are so many dynamic volunteer opportunities available in our community.”  

What is the most rewarding part about what this non-profit does? “The JLHR has always been known for finding issues in the community that need support and establishing a starting point to address those areas. We have a history of identifying gaps and needs in our community, collaborating with other community organizations and partners, and building sustainable programs to provide functional solutions. Doing this as part of a group of dynamic, motivated women is truly inspiring.”
—Patti Hinson