The Junior League of Daytona Beach, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Daytona Beach reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.
Our vision is to significantly improve the quality of life of women and children in our community by focusing our resources on local needs and services.
These resources come from our annual fundraisers like the Sweetheart Ball and our Thrift Store, now back in its original location in downtown Daytona Beach. We rely on donations from area businesses to help keep expenses down in order to maximize the funds available for our community service projects and our community grants program.
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- Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank: We operate the only diaper bank in Volusia / Flagler Counties. We collect and distribute diapers to selected populations in the area deemed in need.
- Junior League Against Human Trafficking: An education campaign bringing awareness to human trafficking through community-wide events that bring together leadership of various local agencies and businesses to discuss how to identify victims in our area and what can be done to help end this modern-day slavery. In conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, we collect, fill, and provide backpacks containing the basic necessities for those have been affected by Human Trafficking.
- Best Foot Forward: A back to school shopping event for 120+ kids from Title 1 schools in the Daytona Beach area tailored to giving them a one-on-one experience while providing them with much needed items (e.g., new school clothes, uniforms, undergarments, shoes, etc.) for the upcoming school year.
- Kids Holiday Food Baskets: Provides more than 100 holiday food baskets to children who are part of the Great Kids Explores Club. Volunteers collect and purchase food items and package baskets for delivery to underprivileged families during the public school’s holiday break.
- Kids In The Kitchen:This is a children and family wellness initiative to prevent childhood obesity and is supported by the Association of Junior League International Inc. This is an annual event educates children on making healthy food and lifestyle changes through a fun and interactive environment. Students participate in demonstrations and preparations of healthy foods and snacks.
- Community Birthday Party: At risk 1 – 3 year olds in the community are referred to the Junior League by community agencies in this annual event to promote literacy, oral health, and overall wellness. We equip parents with tools to promote early reading as well as educational materials from speakers within our community.
- Junior League of Daytona Beach Thrift Store: This store provides a valuable community service and is a key fundraiser. The Thrift Store collaborates with several agencies to provide professional work attire for women entering back into the work force. Donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry and household items are accepted during store hours.
- Community Baby Shower: We host a baby shower to at-risk moms-to- be referred from our community agencies. This event provides essential products, diaper, baby supplies and books to ensure attendee’s children have a good start in life. The program includes education materials and speakers from our community focusing on proper sleep and feeding techniques and other important issues new parents face.
- Easter Seals Center: The Junior League of Daytona Beach founded the Easter Seals Center for children and adults with disabilities. We served as an Easter Seals partner for more than 30 years. In January 2006, the Junior League Persona Optimal Performance (POP) Academy, an after-school program for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, opened at the Easter Seals Center.
- Discovery Center: The Junior League developed and maintains the Discovery Center at City Island Library, which provides children with books and activities to stimulate learning.
- Project WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers): A center for the treatment and temporary housing of chemically-dependent women and their children, was initiated and founded by the Junior League of Daytona Beach. It is now run by Stewart Marchman-ACT.
- Family Tree House Visitation Center: The Junior League of Daytona Beach opened and supported this facility which provides a safe, neutral setting for visits between parents and children separated due to custody issues.
- Camp Begin Again: In 2006, the League donated $10,000, and began supplying volunteers for this weekend retreat (run by Hospice of Volusia/Flagler) for young people age 6 to 18 who recently lost a loved one.
- Homeless Assistance Center: The Junior League of Daytona Beach donated $100,000 to the Homeless Assistance Center Capital Campaign to facilitate the building of a shelter. Our continued efforts supported the Homeless Assistance Center also included donations of birthday kits and blankets. The”Teen Outreach Program”, where our members mentored the young individuals through planned activities and scholarships for school programs, such as athletics, theater, etc.