2016-2017 Annual Report

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For 95 years and counting, the Junior League of Birmingham has been lighting the future of our community by contributing millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, not to mention a great deal of the magic found in our Magic City! Our mission is to promote voluntarism, by developing and training our membership to lead change and improve the lives of women and children in the greater Birmingham community. This year alone, the JLB’s active and sustaining members contributed more than 55,000 hours of service in Jefferson and Shelby Counties, accompanied by approximately $1,300,000 in grants and funding.

Through the dedication of our members and our community partnerships, the JLB accomplished a great deal during the 2016-2017 year. We launched the JLB Diaper Bank, providing 100,000 diapers a month to families in need. We also launched the Helping Hands Essentials Pantry and Positive Behavior Reward Program at Bush K-8, providing clothing and toiletries to children, as well as prizes for their Bush Bucks program, resulting in an increase in attendance and a 50% decrease in out of school suspensions.

We hosted five Community Roundtables on cutting edge topics, leading our community in sometimes difficult but always crucial conversations, and launched the JLB’s latest promotional piece: “I Am the Junior League of Birmingham,” highlighting the diversity of our membership, our training, and our areas of service and increasing our social media reach by 170%. Our biggest achievement this year, however, was the announcement of the $1.25 million Centennial Gift to One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, joining five other agencies in the fight against domestic violence. In conjunction with this announcement we created a new, innovative fundraiser, Community of Lights, enlisting the assistance of 20 diverse Torchbearers who raised $236,000 in the first year alone! The Torchbearers received 849 individual donations, 624 of
which were new donors to the League. Each of these community leaders will pass their torch to someone new next year, creating 20 strings of lights over the next five years.

This Centennial Gift and the Community of Lights campaign were selected because they align with who the JLB is and has been since 1922: Collaborative, Innovative, Strategic, Effective, Hard-Hitting, Game-Changing. Our vision at the JLB is “Building Partnerships for a Better Birmingham.” Whether you are a member, a community partner, or a donor, we are grateful for your support.

LAUREN ROBERTS,
2016.2017 PRESIDENT
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BIRMINGHAM