In 2000, the Junior League continued working on our focus area of Domestic Violence and won the 2001 Governor’s Peace at Home Award for public awareness and education. The Festival of Trees was moved to the Museum of Arts and Science and we held a Spring Fling Golf Tournament. These two events, along with the Thrift Shop were highly successful fundraisers for our League. This year also marked the completion of the first floor of our beautiful building.
Within the Finance Council the thrift shop raised $77, 476.00 from their public daily sales, Back to School Sale, Bundles, Toy Sales, and Spring Cleaning sale while distributing $32,366.00 and serving 424 of the most needy members within our community. The Endowment fund received $3,450.00 (Mrs.Grace C. Beith). The 9thyear of the Festival of Trees hosted at the Museum of Arts and Sciences netted $62,658.00 despite the climate post September 11th, 2001.
Within the Communications Council the 7th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney recognized the JLDB contribution to raising the public awareness about the truth and resources available to victims of domestic violence through our billboards, bus stop shelters, radio, television and our public forum on Domestic Violence with featured national speaker Denise Brown. Ms. Brown visited community women’s shelters and educational programs for women displaced because of domestic violence as well as speaking in a radio interview. Our members received Education and Training in budgeting, public speaking, community women’s projects, early childhood development, newsletter writing, breast cancer awareness, and parliamentary procedure. Our archivist created organized and designated a room for the JLDB historical treasures. Our public affairs maintained our strong ties with the statewide affiliation of the Junior Leagues.
Our Community Council through the crisis fund distributed $7,473.00 and served 36 women and their families in need. Shelter support volunteers purchased, delivered and provided a myriad of goods to the Domestic Abuse Shelter, Rape Crisis Center, Pace Center for Girls and the Visitation Center valued at $11,907.00 as well as providing service. Members participated in Done in a Day projects, Pampering Day, Girls’ Valentine friendship day, served dinners at the visitation center, and delivered Christmas trees to the shelters. Back on Track served 102 women progressing from the welfare rolls and returning to gainful employment. Members assisted in the selection of career ware and appropriate wardrobes for the work environment. The League also co-sponsored, for the 7th season, the LSO Youth concert distributing 200 tickets and coloring books to the disabled and disadvantaged youth in our community. As awards sponsors, we distributed academic achievement awards to competing students of Volusia County in the Tomoka Regional Science Fair. The Museum of Arts and Science awarded the community service award to the JLDB for its commitment to the enhancement and enrichment of the community in the arts and sciences.
2003 – 2004 was an exciting year for the Junior League. We adopted the AJLI logo and tagline “Women Building Better Communities”. We implemented our very successful community project, “Best Foot Forward,” a unique shopping experience for underprivileged children in our community. We continued our successful fundraising practices: The Thrift Shop, Sweethearts Ball, Ladies Luncheon and League for Literacy Gala. We created a “Community Grant” project. This project allowed us to dispense $15,000 to worthy community partners in our community. In 2004, the League received the Humanitarian Award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Banquet.
During the 2004-2005 League year we continued to demonstrate our commitment to our community with events such as Best Foot Forward and Touch a Truck, a new fundraiser/community service where area safety organizations and service providers offered interactive education for families. We expanded our community partnerships to include the Homeless Assistance Center, and we were honored with the Children’s Home Society Volunteer Organization of the Year award at their annual Puttin’ on the Ritz gala.
The 2005-2006 League year presented two new fundraising events, Casino Night and participation in the News Journal’s Holiday Market. We continued Community Projects such as Best Foot Forward and Community Grants, and expanded our role with the Homeless Assistance Center by giving a significant donation towards its new campus. We also sustained our financial support to Easter Seals by funding the opening of an after-school program for ADD/ADHD children, the Junior League POP Academy. Project Development evolved into Project and Fundraising Development, so that membership would have a vote for all major projects and events.
Over 3,000 volunteer hours were logged during the 2006-2007 League year. Camp BeginAgain, a weekend retreat for young people who have recently lost a loved one, was co-sponsored with The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler as a new Community Project. Best Foot Forward expanded to over 150 Title 1 children and outreach projects with PACE, the Homeless Coalition/Star Shelter, Head Start, Family Treehouse and Project WARM continued. Tornado damage in Western Volusia County provided an opportunity to donate over $8,000 to needy families, and an additional $20,000 was awarded at the Annual Dinner. Casino Night, Sweetheart Ball and the Thrift Shop continued to increase their profits over previous years. Membership continued to grow and off-site meetings were a popular theme.