2015 Legacy Fund Recipients
The Junior League of Raleigh presented a total of $15,000 to three community organizations on Tuesday, November 10 during its annual Legacy Fund Award announcement. Supported by proceeds from the League’s signature fundraising event, A Shopping SPREE!, Legacy Fund grants are presented each year to charitable organizations that focus on women and youth in Wake County. The League’s 2015 Legacy Fund Award winners were The Diaper Train, Kidznotes and CORRAL Riding Academy. Representatives from the organizations were on hand to each accept a $5,000 Legacy Fund grant. “These groups do so much to support the women and children in Wake County, which is at the foundation of the the Junior League of Raleigh’s mission,” said Kathryn West, president of the Junior League of Raleigh. “We are proud to be able to do our small part to help these groups continue to accomplish all that they do.”
The Diaper Train
The Diaper Train improves the lives of babies and toddlers by providing diapers to low-income families in Wake County. It is the only diaper bank in the county. The program is run by volunteers and serves 1,000 children each month. From 2011, its first year in operation, to 2014, the number of diapers distributed rose from 65,000 to more than 650,000 per year. The Diaper Train partners with the Department of Human Services, SAFEchild, StepUp Ministry and other agencies to identify families in need. “The Junior League of Raleigh Legacy Fund Award helps The Diaper Train, a program of Saint Saviour’s Center, address a gap in services for low-income families in Wake County,” said Allene Adams, co-founder of The Diaper Train. “Demand for diapers has exceeded our expectations, challenging us to expand funding so that we can assist additional families. Forty-seven children will receive diapers because of this grant.” For more information, visit http://diapertrain.org.
Kidznotes changes the life trajectory of elementary school students living under the poverty line in Southeast Raleigh by providing orchestral instruments and accompanying lessons. The program encourages discipline, teamwork and leadership to increase musical proficiency, academic performance and personal/social development. Since 2010, the program has grown from 60 to 240 children in the Triangle. “Thanks to the support of the Junior League of Raleigh Legacy Award, Kidznotes is able to continue to grow and sustain our impact on the underserved youth of Wake County by removing any and all barriers to participation in music education. Although rooted in low-income communities, we believe that opportunities should not be dictated by circumstance,” said Katie Wyatt, Kidznotes co-founder and executive director, “By making this commitment to Kidznotes, the Junior League of Raleigh is making an important difference in the lives of young children and in the continued health of our community. ” For more information, visit http://www.kidznotes.org.
CORRAL Riding Academy
CORRAL pairs rescued horses with at-risk girls between the ages of 11-17. A majority of these young women have been victims of violence, and many have been gang or court-involved. Founded in 2008, CORRAL offers academic tutoring, psychotherapy, vocational training, mentorship and social education free of charge for 15-20 hours a week. CORRAL enables teenage girls to become successful adults through a minimum one-year commitment that in many cases lasts four to seven years. “This generous award will allow CORRAL to serve one young woman in the community for an entire academic year,” said Joy Currey, President of CORRAL Riding Academy. “Participation in the program will change her life- forever. She will receive over 600 hours of tutoring, therapy, mentorship, vocational training and skill building during the year by licensed professionals and loving volunteers. ” For more information, visit http://www.corralriding.org.
2014 Recipients: Green Chair Project, Alliance Medical Ministry and Learning Together, Inc.
2013 Recipients: March of Dimes–Eastern Carolina Division and Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County
2012 Recipients: SAFEchile, Hilltop Home and Girl Scouts of North Carolina–Coastal Pines
2011 Recipients: Haven House, Hospice and Interfaith Food Shuttle