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New Community Partnerships Program Announced

(L-R) Geralyn Gulino, JLL Community Vice President; Sarah Quarantotto, executive director of Miriam’s House; Ginna Haske, program director of Kids’ Haven; and Mark Sheehan, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg.

This year, the Junior League of Lynchburg kicked off a new program, Community Partnerships, as the next chapter in their long tradition of service to the Lynchburg community.

Previously, the JLL has distributed funds raised by League members each year through a grant program to numerous nonprofit and community organizations in the area. In the past five years alone, the JLL has given out nearly $18,000 through the grants program to 29 organizations.

Through Community Partnerships, rather than annually calling on nonprofits to apply for grants, the JLL will conduct interviews with interested area nonprofits and select two to three to partner with each year. This will allow them to leverage their resources more effectively and efficiently, as all financial and volunteer assistance will be focused solely on these organizations for the year.

Kids’ Haven, Miriam’s House, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg were selected as partners for the program’s inaugural year. Each organization was chosen because of their work aligning with the mission of the JLL. League members, led by Community Vice President Geralyn Gulino, and representatives from the organizations will be working together throughout the year to create programs to address different needs of each organization.

“We look forward to what is to come with not only our new program, but also what we can accomplish with these three incredible organizations this year,” said Gulino. 

Nonprofit and community organizations can express interest in being considered for next year’s partnerships by emailing grants@jrleaguelynchburg.org by June of 2018.