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Junior League Raises $1 Million+ for One Place
By Loyd McIntosh
Two years ago, the Junior League of Birmingham(JLB) announced plans to celebrate and commemorate the JLB’s 100th Anniversary. The organization will provide One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center the lead gift to acquire and remodel a permanent space for operations. As part of the effort to provide this gift, the JLB has engaged a cross-section of the Birmingham community to come together in an effort to cast a wider net for fundraising and awareness.
Collectively, over the last two years, the 2017 and 2018 Torchbearers, with the help of over 1,500 individual donors, have raised over $500,000 toward the JLB’s goal of $1.25 million. On March 11, the torches were passed to 20 new torchbearers who are ready to raise $10,000 each, totaling $200,000 for this year’s goal. Each torchbearer was chosen to represent their specific community and to caste their light on all those around them. This process works to collectively touch each community in the greater Birmingham metro area.
Each gift creates a stronger, brighter light for our community in our fight against domestic violence and sexual assault as we work toward our goal of $1.25 million to be the lead gift for a permanent home for One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center. The JLB leaders are excited to kickoff this campaign and announce the 2019 Torchbearers. With each gift – large or small, a stronger, brighter light is created for our community in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault as the organization works toward the goal of $1.25 million to be the lead gift for a permanent home for One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center.
The 2019 Torchbearers from the Homewood area are Lanier Brown, Josh Carter, Jordan DeMoss, Lauren Roberts, and Erin Stephenson. To learn more about the Junior League of Birmingham, the campaign, or to make a gift to support one of the Torchbearers, please check out: communityoflights.swellgives.com. “We are extremely excited to announce the 2019 Torchbearers who will be instrumental in our efforts to raise funds for the centennial gift,” said Elizabeth Burgess, Junior League of Birmingham President. “With the help of our tremendous benefactors and advocates, the Junior League of Birmingham has the opportunity to truly make a difference in the city of Birmingham.”
In 2018 alone, the JLB put more than $2.5 million into the Birmingham community through a combination of direct funding and the value of volunteer hours. The organization also currently dedicates resources and volunteers to more than 38 Community Projects addressing critical needs in the area. The JLB improves the lives of people in Jefferson and Shelby counties through original League-owned programs and by working with community agencies to deliver services and assistance to those in need. To ensure consistency and a concentrated level of service, JLB Community Projects focus on four impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Safety and Crisis Intervention.
The One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center is a center providing coordinated services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through a team of agency professionals who work together under one roof. Currently, service agencies include: The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, YWCA of Central Alabama, Crisis Center, Inc. – Rape Response Program, and the Birmingham Police Department. One Place offers forensic nursing for victims of sexual assault, civil and criminal legal counseling, emergency housing placement, job placement, public benefits assistance, and safety planning. People across the state are encouraged to support the Community of Lights campaign to help the Torchbearers reach their individual donation goals for One Place. Visit communityoflights.swellgives.com to donate through May 9th, 2019.
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