eLink — June 21, 2016

Samantha Graham: First-Year Active Award Winner

Though Samantha Graham is just getting started in her League career, she’s already making an impact. This First-Year Active worked tirelessly in her placement with the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club tutoring, mentoring and taking part in special events such as the Career Fair, Fine Arts Competition and Spring Carnival. And in just one year of active membership, Samantha became a valuable part of the community support system that she sees the League providing in Raleigh.

At the May GMM Samantha was awarded JLR’s First-Year Active Award, which recognizes a First-Year Active for going above and beyond the requirements of her volunteer placement. The member who nominated Samantha said the following of her efforts this year:

“[Samantha] can often be found tutoring students in a corner of the club, or instilling long-term values and lifelong interests with the youth at the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club. As a coach and mentor for the Youth of the Year competition,  [Samantha] has volunteered countless hours while providing support and helping her mentee with his application, speech and essays for the competition. The League is fortunate to have volunteers like [Samantha] for her outstanding dedication and commitment. And she is certainly making a difference in the lives of promising youth every day.

Samantha selected Brentwood Boys & Girls Club as her first active placement because she loves working with kids and wanted to experience the impact of the League up close and personal. As a mentor for a Youth of the Year student, Khaleb, her desire for personal impact was quickly met.

“I really enjoyed getting to know Khaleb and gaining a new perspective by working with a high-school aged boy,” Samantha said. “We both love volunteering with kids, but I learned a lot about what inspires him and his hopes for the future. He is a lot braver and more mature than I was at his age and he possesses so much potential. I’m looking forward to seeing him mature through high school and hopefully beyond.”

Samantha appreciates the broader look at under-resourced youth in Raleigh that this placement has allowed. She will continue working with Brentwood Boys & Girls Club as her placement for 2016-17 and hopes that this outreach program will grow to meet the significant community needs.

Carley Jane Wilson: Darlene Shelton Outstanding Provisional Award Winner

If Carley Jane Wilson represents the Junior League of Raleigh’s future, we’re in good shape.

The winner of the Darlene Shelton Outstanding Provisional Award, Carley Jane represented her Provisional class as a proactive leader dedicated to JLR’s mission of serving the community. The member who nominated Carley Jane said the following:

“In a Provisional class of 160 women, this year’s Provisional of the Year award winner has been a true stand out. During the Kids in the Kitchen spring project, she took on a leadership role as the Healthy Eating committee chair of the White Memorial event, engaging all members and keeping everyone on track to organize a fantastic event. She was an active member of her color group and a joy to have in this year’s Provisional class. She will surely continue to hold leadership roles within the League and continue to be an advocate both inside and outside of the League.”

Inspired by some friends who were already active in JLR, Carley Jane joined the Provisional class hoping to meet professional, community-minded women in Raleigh. Through Provisional events, League events and her Monday Red color group, Carley Jane spent the year making new connections.

“This year helped me understand that we all come from different places, can be here for different reasons, but all share a common goal of making friends and giving back to the community,” Carley Jane said.

During the Provisional class project, the spring Kids in the Kitchen events, Carley was able to put her event planning background to use by serving as Healthy Eating committee chair. And as satisfying as it was to collaborate with JLR members of different groups to make the program a success, the real reward for Carley Jane was seeing the joy and excitement on the kids’ faces.

In her upcoming Membership Development placement, Carley Jane looks forward to growing her skills, while using other volunteer opportunities like the Inaugural Ball to take advantage of existing skills.

“The potential to grow into a better version of myself through the League is something that I know has already started, and I cannot wait to see how I can contribute to the League becoming its best!” she said.


Legacy Grant – Now Accepting Applications

Do you know a local nonprofit that provides services within Wake County and whose activities are consistent with the JLR mission and focus area(s)? Each year our League awards grants to member-nominated nonprofits through our Legacy Fund Awards. Submit your application by July 13 or contact Charity Van Horn or Cindy McGhee, Community Funding Team Co-captains at grants@jlraleigh.org for more information.

Apply Now for the 2016-2017 Capital Leadership Initiative | Extended to July 15

The Capital Leadership Initiative (CLI), now in its sixth year, is a nationally-recognized program that provides women with leadership training that is applicable to the workplace, volunteer opportunities and at home. Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and open to both JLR members and non-members, CLI is affordable, convenient and fun. The application deadline has been extended to July 15. Spread the word about CLI and apply now.

TCOM’s Beach Bag Summer Reading

This spring, Team TCOM hosted a Beach Bag Book Club. JLR members brought a recommended book they had read from the past year and shared with the group. We have compiled the list of books into a summer reading list for all members. Check out our recommendations and throw one in your beach bag!

Say No to Your Habit of Checking Gmail Every Hour

Are you guilty of checking your email a million times a day? Pause incoming emails until you’re ready to read them to avoid the habit of monitoring your inbox throughout the day.


Help SAFEchild win $10,000

SAFEchild has been nominated by the employee-owners of PC Construction (headquartered in Vermont with an office in Garner) to be one of 10 nonprofit organizations in the running to win a donation of $10,000, $3,000 or $2,000. SAFEchild need your vote to win! It only takes a minute to vote, so please visit pcconstruction.com/donations and vote today! Already voted? Pass the link on to family and friends to help us build momentum. Only one vote per device, but you can vote on all of your devices. Hurry: voting closes on June 30!


Community Service Opportunities

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Community Service Opportunities here.