Since 1901, the Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 292 Leagues in four countries.
Here in Daytona Beach, for the past 85 years, we have invested volunteer hours into community programs that support our mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our League has been responsible for starting community projects that became pillars in the community such as: the Dental and Well Baby Clinic known today as the Volusia County Health Department; the Easter Seals Drive which evolved into Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler County; and Project WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers) now run by Stewart Marchman-ACT.
Thanks to our membership, we have provided over 4,500 hours of volunteer service in the Daytona Beach community through our community projects and fundraising efforts in just the past two years. Last year alone, we donated over 80,000 diapers to our community partners and individual parents in need to combat the cycle of poverty and abuse associated with lack of clean diapers. In addition to volunteering, our members participated in education and training workshops on the topics of parliamentary procedure, governance, fundraising, and more in order to enhance their personal journey to becoming educated leaders in our community.
As the 2018-19 JLDB year begins, I am inspired and humbled by the amazing group of women who participate in the League to better themselves and their community. We will continue to make a difference and change the lives of others while fulfilling our own. I know that the 85th year of the Junior League of Daytona Beach will be amazing, so if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to become a member, donor, community partner or supporter as we fulfill our mission! #allin #unstoppable