Though my troubles and my worries
are sometimes all that I can see -
still I always must remember
life's not only about me.

Other souls are also hurting
and I know that it's God's plan
to reach out to help another -
to extend them my hand.

With this purpose as my focus -
to be a comfort to a friend - 
all my troubles and my worries
seem to fade out in the end.

It is one of God's true lessons - 
how my walk is meant to be -
true happiness I find when
life's not only about me.

~Tom Krause~ 

Kali Anderson

President's Award

award recipients

Celeste Thompson

Provisional of the Year

Elizabeth McLean

Volunteer of the Year

Community Partners

Community Impact:

our vision

The Junior League of Gaston County will strive to build strong financial and volunteer support for the health and well being of women and children through program development and community partnerships.

Volunteer Creed

S.O.C.K.S.

Serving Our Community with Kindness in Springwood or S.O.C.K.S. is a volunteer-run crisis assistance ministry serving an area around the Hickory Grove Road from Spencer Mountain through Lowell,  McAdenville and including North Belmont.  S.O.C.K.S. provides food, clothes, utilities, medicine and medical supplies to those in need.  S.O.C.K.S. also provides power and rental assistance when funds are available.  Social Security Cards and income verification are required for people to receive donations. 

Women Building Better Communities

volunteering

Junior League Members provide more than 600 community service hours in the Gaston County Community.

Betsy matthews garland 

​Mary Catherine Walker

Sustainer of the Year

The recipient of the Lou Warren Fuller Spirit Award is recognized because of her support and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.



2015-2016 Award Recipient

Darcel Walker



Loray Girls' Home

Loray Girls’ Home, Inc. was established in 1986 to serve youth in need of a stable, caring environment.  Since that time LGH has served well over 100 Gaston County youth in need of placement outside of their home due to abuse, neglect or delinquency. They provide a long-term residential placement for females ages 12-20 that allows the opportunity to address the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of each resident. 

Junior League of

Gaston County

Betsy Matthews Garland Award


J. Crew - Charlotte Premium Outlets
Discover You!
Central YMCA
Massage Envy
CaroMont Health
Gastonia Grizzlies
Our State Magazine
Walk & Run Belmont

Gastonia Farmer's Market

Gastonia Conference Center

Lou Warren Fuller  

Other community projects

recent programs

Our partnership with 

Lou Warren Fuller Spirit Award

This award is given each year to a member who possesses the attributes such as dedication, respect and love of the Junior League of Gaston County, which is consistent with the JLGC's first President, Betsy Matthews Garland.


2015-2016 Award Recipient

Kara Rhyne



The Junior League of Gaston County impacts the community with its broad scope of volunteer support providing over 600 volunteer hours in the last year through its many projects and programs.

The focus areas of the Junior League of Gaston County include:

  • Health and education of women and children
  • Women in leadership


The Junior League of Gaston County's commitment to training provides its volunteers with invaluable learning opportunities, ranging from leadership and organizational development training to community program instruction and nonprofit fundraising skills. Through this unique curriculum, members learn how to not only manage and train volunteers, but also how to collaborate with community agencies to maximize a volunteer’s impact and thus aid a greater number of disadvantaged women and children. 

Further, Junior League of Gaston County members use this training to go on to serve on the boards of nonprofit agencies and commissions, advocate on issues of public policy and organize model community programs that address need areas to build better communities.