Each spring, the League solicits applications from area nonprofits to determine which organizations we partner with for the year. We typically select two to three partners that assist with the continuing of our mission. Selecting partners allows us to leverage our resources more effectively and efficiently, as all financial and volunteer assistance is focused solely on these organizations for the year.
This year, the League received many applications, and the process of selecting only a few was incredibly difficult. The Junior League of Lynchburg is excited to announce the three local organizations selected to be partners for the 2022-2023 year:
The Academy Center of the Arts is Greater Lynchburg’s center for arts, culture, and community building, with a campus located on the corner of Fifth St. and Main St. in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The Academy’s campus includes the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre, complete with a black box theatre, classrooms and studios, the Harrington Gallery Building, and the 1905 Historic Academy of Music Theatre. The Academy is one of Lynchburg’s most notable historical treasures. First opening on February 1, 1905, the theatre boasted perfect sight-lines and extraordinary acoustics, attracting nationally acclaimed performing artists. After closing its doors in 1958, the theatre had remained unused for 60 years. Through the efforts of the Academy Center of the Arts’ board and staff, as well as the dedicated members of the community, restorations of the Historic Theatre were brought to completion and the theatre reopened on December 6, 2018. The Academy showcases a variety of performances and visual arts events each year, including professional, community, and youth theatre performances, speakers, comedians, on and off-site gallery exhibits, live music, dance, and more. The Academy also provides arts education throughout the year to students of all ages. The Academy provides many classes, performances, and events that cater to the importance of arts in the community as well as artistic expression, and we are excited to assist with supporting their mission.
The mission of the Free Clinic of Central Virginia is to ensure high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive healthcare for every member of our community. They fulfill this mission by providing high-quality medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, and health education services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these essential healthcare services. The work done by the Free Clinic is made possible by the donation of time and resources by devoted volunteers and members of the community. Improving the wellness of women, children, and families aligns with our mission in the League, and we are excited to help meet the need of our community.
At Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge (CVABR), teaching critical life skills is the cornerstone of their research-based programs. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. The Girls on the Run researched-based curriculum is structured around understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and recognizing how we can shape the world at large. Participants gain critical life skills that strengthen their potential at a time when societal pressures and conflicting messages about how to feel and act can cause doubt and uncertainty. Empowering the next generation of women is a cause dear to the League’s heart, and we are excited to be a part of their mission this year.