Community Programs

Families First - Early Childhood committee members provide programs, special events and services which promote the stability and well-being of the children and families in the Bainbridge and Blackwell areas of Richmond, Virginia. These programs are held at the Southside Child Development Center and focus on a Pre-Elementary age population.  Junior League members coordinate regular programs on a variety of topics including parenting, self-esteem, health issues, practical life skills, and educational enrichment. Workshops for the parents are conducted by trained professionals and include a discussion component, as well as time for food and fellowship. The children participate in other activities usually related to healthy living and receive a nutritious meal.  Junior League volunteers work closely with the Center's administration to respond to the specific needs of families and students and to provide appropriate resources.

Families First Committee - Elementary Education provides programs, special events, and services which promote the stability and well-being of the children and families in the East End community.  Members coordinate regular programs on a variety of topics including reading, self-esteem, health issues, practical life skills, and educational enrichment.  Workshops are conducted by trained professionals and include a discussion component, as well as time for food and fellowship.  The committee also works closely with the Principal and teachers to respond to the specific needs of families and students and to provide appropriate resources.

The Literacy through Art Outreach (LTAO) committee coordinates workshops at community centers and schools in Metro Richmond. Committee members bring and serve dinner to the families, and a story and related art project both inspire children’s artistic development as well as help families guide children’s creative play.

The Good Sports program is currently held at the Peter Paul Development Center and is designed to educate children and their parents on character development through sports. Program participants from elementary school will have the opportunity to learn and try a variety of sports while focusing on the six Pillars of Character as defined by the Character Counts! Program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. The students are given a book and a healthy box dinner at each program. 

Done in a Day (DIAD) 
Each year, Active Members of the JLR help to assist another community organization in one-day projects focused on children and families, totaling over 1,400 volunteer hours annually.  Partners include

  • MCV Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond
  • Richmond Public Schools
  • FeedMore
  • Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House
  • YMCA Bright Beginnings
  • Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
  • Peter Paul Development Center/ Richmond Promise Neighborhood
  • Family Lifeline
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond
  • Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond
  • Lakewood Manor 
  • Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House
  • Saint Francis Home
  • Southside Child Development Center
  • St. Joseph's Villa
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Kids in the Kitchen is an initiative, supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks. The KITK committee plans and executes bi-monthly events at Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, located in the city's East End.  The committee's goal is to assist 7th grade female students in making healthy lifestyle choices and to help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues for these youth.