Legacy Grant

The Junior League of Raleigh is pleased to announce the 2017 Legacy Grant Award recipients. Supported by proceeds from A Shopping SPREE!, the $15,000 award is divided each year among Wake County charitable organizations that focus on women and children and with which the League or its members has had significant involvement. Since its launch in 2004, the Junior League of Raleigh’s Legacy Grant has awarded nonprofit agencies with more than $190,000. JLR has a long-standing commitment to empowering women and youth of Wake County. This year’s recipients further this mission through arts, literacy and health.

Community Music School of Raleigh

Community Music School provides opportunities for children and teens with limited financial resources to receive one-on-one music instruction in orchestral instruments, voice, piano, percussion or guitar. CMS strives to make it convenient and affordable to attend lessons. For more than 24 years, privately taught weekly lessons have cost students only $1. The school’s location near a public transportation route, classes and ensembles are scheduled to minimize additional travel to the school. Instruments are provided for students’ use free of charge during their enrollment. Recitals, concerts, community performances, and workshops, in collaboration with other arts organizations, add to classroom instruction. CMS faculty are highly accomplished professional musicians and educators. For more information, visit cmsraleigh.org.

Read and Feed

Read and Feed is an after-school literacy program that provides meals, tutoring and books to children from low-income families in Wake County. Read and Feed has RVs that have been converted into mobile classrooms that go into the neighborhoods where children live, providing opportunities to students who may be limited by lack of transportation. Volunteers serve approximately 500 children during the school year at weekly tutoring sessions, and about 100 children during the summer months. Read and Feed partners directly with elementary schools and community centers in Wake County to identify the children and neighborhoods to serve. They serve approximately 13,000 meals per year and give away over 30,000 books annually. More than 450 volunteers serve as tutors, office support, mobile classroom drivers and help build children’s home libraries. For more information, visit readandfeed.org.

1 of Us

1 of Us is committed to providing assistance that directly impacts the lives of women who are undergoing breast or other gynecological cancers. 1 of Us was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. Originally founded as 1 in 9 in 2010, this organization aimed to provide financial support for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. After assisting nearly 1,000 patients, the mission of this organization was expanded to assisting women being treated for all gynecological cancers. 1 of Us works to provide financial support so that women do not have to forgo treatment. Volunteers work to see that patients and their families have food in the fridge and bills paid, as well as provide patient bags for each woman. 1 of Us is proud to partner with UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina, to reach these patients. For more information, visit 1ofus.org.


Past Recipients

2016 Recipients: Haven House,  Transitions Life Care, Carroll’s Kitchen

2015 Recipients:  Diaper Train, Kidznotes, CORRAL Riding Academy

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