Raleigh, N.C. – The Junior League of Raleigh, a nonprofit organization for women focused on improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, is pleased to announce The Green Chair Project, Alliance Medical Ministry, and Learning Together, Inc., as this year’s Legacy Fund winners. The $15,000 Legacy Fund, made up of proceeds from the League’s A Shopping SPREE! annual fundraiser, is presented each year to charitable organizations that particularly focus on women and youth in Wake County and with which the Junior League and/or its members has had significant involvement. This year marks the first time that Junior League of Raleigh members could nominate any qualifying nonprofit to receive an award, a process which has broadened the reach of the Legacy Fund in the community.
Unique in its local service and approach to helping neighbors in need, The Green Chair Project (TGCP) received this year’s largest donation, $7,500 of the Legacy Fund. TGCP, located in Raleigh and founded by Jackie Craig and Beth Smoot in 2010, reuses donated furnishings to renew lives of participants in area programs who are transitioning to a permanent home after periods of homelessness or crisis. Children make up more than half of the population served by TGCP. Through the organization’s “Sweeter Dreams” Program, TGCP partners with the Wake County Public School System to provide twin bed frames, box springs, mattresses, sheets and blankets to children referred by elementary school social workers.
Alliance Medical Ministry, which received $3,750, provides affordable, compassionate healthcare services to working, uninsured adults in Wake County and seeks to provide these individuals a “medical home”. Working mothers below the federal poverty level are the patients most often served by Alliance. The dozens of Junior League of Raleigh members supporting Alliance just over the past two years yielded multiple nominations of this organization for the award.
Learning Together, Inc., the only current winner to have previously received the award, also received $3,750. Learning Together, Inc., is a childcare organization that can trace its relationship with the Junior League of Raleigh back to its 1975 incorporation. Its mission is to foster a learning environment for children with developmental delays and those developing at a traditional pace.
“The Junior League of Raleigh is proud to augment its 85-year legacy with major gifts to such deserving community service organizations,” says Selené Brent, President of the Junior League of Raleigh. “The level of community service that our members perform often goes far above the membership requirements and beyond the agencies we support as an organization. Supporting other nonprofits that our members are so passionate about broadens the positive impact of the Junior League of Raleigh and champions the efforts of our members.”
“The Green Chair Project is so honored to be a part of the Junior League of Raleigh’s Legacy Fund,” states Jackie Craig, Co-Founder of The Green Chair Project. “The excellence in volunteer power and enthusiasm for serving our community shines through on every project that the Junior League touches in
our community. What a privilege for the Green Chair to be among those worthy causes that the Junior League of Raleigh chooses to support.”
Alliance Medical Ministry’s Executive Director Megg Rader says, “We are honored to receive JLR’s Legacy Grant and are thankful to the many Junior League members that support Alliance through their talents, time and gifts. Of our patients, 68% are women, living in a household of three on roughly $19,000 a year. We share the League’s vision to improve the potential of women, and focus on healing the mind, body and spirit of all of our patients. With the help of gifts like the Legacy Grant, Alliance is able to continue providing quality primary medical care, specialty services, lab work, prescription medications, and our wellness program to improve our patients’ lives.”
“Being a recipient of the Junior League of Raleigh Legacy Fund Award is so affirming of the work we do with children and families and our soon to be 40 year relationship with the JLR,” says Nell Barnes, Executive Director of Learning Together, Inc. “Since the award of funds which helped LT be incorporated in 1975, the Junior League of Raleigh has provided needed funds in emergencies, highly qualified Board members and educational opportunities throughout the years, Bargain Box credits for our children and families in need, and the honor of multiple Legacy Fund Awards. It is an honor to be a Junior League of Raleigh partner. We plan to use this funding to seed our summer program for children who would otherwise not have services just before entering kindergarten.”
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The Junior League of Raleigh (www.jlraleigh.org) is a nonprofit organization for women focused on improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and is the 9th largest of 294 Leagues internationally. The Raleigh League has more than 1,900 members serving Wake County with programs of education and volunteer service. The League has contributed more than 232,000 volunteer hours since 2000, focusing on promising youth. The League’s new Center for Community Leadership, located at 711 Hillsborough St., offers training space and programming for League members and community agencies.
Since 1930, the Junior League of Raleigh has contributed more than $5 million to community projects and programs. The League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.