As we reflect on last year, we at the Junior League of Raleigh (JLR) are so very thankful for the opportunity to serve our local community. We offer numerous opportunities for having fun, training, volunteering and connecting with our community – all proven ways to combat stress, stay energized and keep the holiday spirit alive throughout the year. And we have plenty of memories to share that will hopefully inspire you to do the same.
Our annual A Shopping SPREE! event officially launched the holiday season for our members and the local community. During this year’s A Shopping SPREE! Preview Party, three Wake County charitable organizations shared a $15,000 grant from the JLR. The Helene Foundation, CASA and Learning Together were honored for their work on health, housing and education initiatives with an emphasis on women and children.
Our partnership with Share the Pie provided the perfect opportunity to carry on the holiday festivities while serving our community. We were excited to open our home, the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership (CCL), as a pie operations site. Proceeds from Share the Pie support the joint mission of Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry, one of JLR’s community partners, to build stable families through access to employment and health care. The results from this year were incredible and we look forward to supporting this program as it grows.
Teams across the League coordinated holiday events with community partners like InterAct and the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club. League members adopted SAFEchild families to help complete wish lists and spread goodwill. Our Chorus team used their talents to entertain nursing home residents with carols.
Guest speaker and blogger Adrian Wood, of Tales of an Educated Debutante, shared valuable insights about life and authenticity at our last general membership meeting of the year. The timing was especially pertinent as we navigated the busy holiday season and the expectations that come along with it. Training opportunities like our membership meetings provide the chance to connect, unwind, reflect and learn.
We are proud to partner with amazing organizations and to have the privilege of training women leaders that are committed to creating #JLRImpact. As we look to the future, we are excited about sharing our stories here with you and invite you to join our journey as we capture the spirit of JLR all year long.