Provisional of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
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
Lou Warren Fuller Spirit Award
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.
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:
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.
The Y's eClub program was created for at-risk 12-16 year olds in the Gaston County community. Currently, there are approximately 30 middle to high school aged kids in the program at the Central Y, and JLGC develops curriculum for 16 two-hour sessions held on Thursday evenings (September to May). The program focuses on three core areas: Health & Fitness, Life Skills (including bullying prevention), and Education & Career Readiness. In 2014, we added a philanthropic theme. Members helped participants understand the scope of need in our community. Participants were involved in soup kitchens, clothing donations and other activities. They gained an understanding of how the cycle of good-will works and comes back ten fold!
We hope to continue to grow this program and include other branches of the YMCA in Gaston County.
Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen is an Association-wide initiative of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition.
Inspired by the Junior League of Calgary's Junior Chefs program, the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative began in 2006 with the goal of engaging kids in the preparation of healthy meals as a means to educate them and their parents regarding nutrition and healthy choices. Junior Leagues in more than 200 locations provide lessons and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local community organizations, chefs and nutritionists.
The JLGC provides guidelines and materials to support the success of educational and motivational activities. Education is key with recipes, tips on nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Women Building Better Communities
Our partnership with Central YMCA and Discover YOU!
Junior League Members provide more than 600 community service hours in the Gaston County Community.
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.
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
Betsy Matthews Garland Award
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.
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.
We serve 25 to 30 middle and high school students weekly at the Gaston County Central YMCA. The program is entitled eClub and builds on our focus to educate, empower and encourage young people. As middle and high school youth develop it is important for them to have the tools they need to make positive choices and decisions.
League member volunteers devote their service and time every Thursday throughout the school year helping young people explore opportunities for their future.
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