Toiletry Bags for The Haven
2020 Provisional Class Project
The 2020 provisional class of the Valdosta Junior Service League chose The Haven as the beneficiary of their provisional service project. The class had the opportunity to tour The Haven facilities and were educated on the services that The Haven provides to the Greater Lowndes County community who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual trauma. The Haven houses an average of twenty-two women and children on a monthly basis and the average stay in The Haven is six weeks.
The Haven expressed a need for “Welcome Bags” to include full size toiletries which would be provided to shelter residents upon arrival. Shelter residents often arrive without any of their personal belongings, so it is very important to provide them with ample toiletries to help them throughout their stay.
The Class of 2020 pledged to donate 200 “Welcome Bags” to benefit the shelter residents for a full year and underwear and sports bras to benefit their sexual assault center. Throughout the months of March and April 2021, the provisional class reached out to the members of the Valdosta Junior Service League as well as business leaders in the community for assistance.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the class mobilized to assemble 200 “Welcome Bags” with full size toiletries that included body wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. The class also collected four hampers full of underwear and sports bras. The donations were presented to The Haven on May 5, 2021 at the Converse Dalton Ferrell House.
With the help of the League and sponsors, the class of 2020 was able to provide toiletries and undergarments to aid The Haven for a full year. Thank you to our sponsors:
Azalea Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Paul Lane, M.D., Powerhouse Outdoor Equipment, Rountree Construction, Shiver McGhee Group, South Georgia Powersports, and Southwell OB/GYN.
“We are so grateful to the members of the League and our sponsors for making this project a success!” said the VJSL provisional class.
VJSL’s 2020 Provisional Class: Betsy Brice, Morgan Campbell, Regan Cason, Lauren Darby, Christie Earle, Katie Hall, Ariel Harris, Mallory Lane, Amanda Martin, Katherine McCoy, Shelby McNeal, Alina Rountree, Nichole Whitley and Taylor Wildes.
Reading Around The Christmas Tree
2019 Provisional Class Project
2018 Provisional Class Project
On February 24, 2019 the newest class of VJSL executed their provisional project at Fab’rik. Ladies from House of Hope and LAMP were invited to come have a day of lunch and shopping with the girls. Clothing items were donated by league members to create a boutique shopping experience. We wanted to instill a sense of pride for these women, while also feeding the ladies lunch and little dose of friendship.
Sean Panizzi of Team Temps was also on site to help answer any questions about job opportunities and to be a helpful resource to anyone who needed it. It was quite a successful event, and everyone left with full stomachs and full hearts!
The Giving Tree
2017 Provisional Class Project
The 2017 provisional class of the Valdosta Junior Service League chose South Georgia House of Hope as the beneficiary of this year's provisional service project. The House of Hope is a long-term residential Christian home for women overcoming alcoholism, addiction and abuse. As a group of women, the mission of the House of Hope resonated with the new League members, who visited the home during their community tour earlier in the year.
Throughout the months of November and December the provisional class collected Christmas gifts, supplies and money through the Giving Tree project. On December 12, 2017, they hosted the women of the House of Hope at the Converse Dalton Ferrell House for a Christmas dinner.
Because of donations made by our community the Service League provisional class was able to supply all the residents, their children, and the directors with Christmas gifts, supplies desperately needed for their house, everyday living staples, along with a monetary donation of $1,900 to go towards the renovation of their main bathroom.
“We are so thankful for the outpouring of generosity that was shown by our community in the project,” said the VJSL provisional class.
VJSL’s 2017 Provisional Class: Leigh Anne Burns, Jesslyn Brantley, Sarah Broome, Ashley Cooper, Brigitte DeLoach, Erica Gaskins, Vevie Hall, Annabelle Henry, Nikki Johnson, Brooke King, Kayla McCurdy, Karri Parramore, Drew Parrish-Bennett, Lindsey Purvis, Nikki Rodgers, Mary Beth Smotherman, Rico Tucker, Abbey VanDermeid
Luvs & Hugs Diaper Drive
2016 Provisional Class Project
Valdosta Junior Service League’s 2016 provisional class hosted the Luvs & Hugs Diaper Drive, February 13-24, 2017, to benefit Second Harvest of South Georgia. Second Harvest is the leading hunger-relief organization in the region and the second largest food bank in the state, serving a 12,675 square mile region made up of 30 counties.
Diapers are not included in the WIC program. The 41 area businesses and organizations that participated in this friendly competition helped provide diapers to families in need in the Valdosta area. Together they collected 21,394 diapers, which in turn helped 425 agencies supply diapers to families in need.
Henderson & Godbee, LLP won the friendly competition with a donation of 2,663 diapers. On Sat., February 25, the Valdosta Junior Service League honored Henderson & Godbee, LLP with a $500 donation to the charity of their choice. Henderson & Godbee, LLP selected The Haven, which is a local non-profit organization that provides emergency temporary shelter and services to victims of family violence and sexual assault.
Each year, the League’s newest members work together to complete a service project. While on their community caravan, the 2016 class visited Second Harvest of South Georgia and learned of the need for diapers for low-income households in our region. The 2016 class felt that the diaper drive would get the local community involved in helping this cause. They were thrilled with the response and thank all the businesses and organizations that supported the drive.
VJSL’s 2016 Provisional Class: Callie Shaw, Stacie Murray, Kari Blanton, Wendy Copeland, Sabrina Mortonson, Billie Baxter, Ashleigh Johnson, Bonnie Skinner, Erika Hudson, Val Gallahan, Brooke Knight, Brittany Rhodes, Janice Hamel, Gretchen Elliott, Ashleigh Allen
Thank you to the following participants:
Alpha Delta Pi, AmeriMed, Anytime Fitness, Chick-fil-A - Saint Augustine Road, Chi Omega, Citizens Community Bank - Location on 3261 N. Valdosta Rd., CrossPointe Church, Commercial Bank, Crossroads Baptist Church, Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding, P.C., Farmers and Merchants Bank, First State Bank, Henderson & Godbee, LLP, HoneyBaked Ham, Josiah Christian School, Kappa Delta, Lowndes High School, Mizell Floor Covering and Interiors, Only Options, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Perfect Settings, Pinevale Elementary, Real Living Realty Advisors, Renewed Mind Counseling, Rise Real Estate, Robinson Family Dentistry, Scintilla Charter Academy, Shiver Dental Care, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Spirit Screen Printing, Steel's Jewelry, The Image Salon, The Oaks at Kinderlou, Valdosta Family Medicine, Valdosta Insurance, Valdosta State Farm, Valdosta Toyota, Valwood School, Winnersville Fitness, Zeta Tau Alpha
Character Achievement Party
2015 Provisional Class Project
The Valdosta Junior Service League Provisional Class of 2015 hosted a Character Achievement Princess Tea Party on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Converse Dalton Ferrell House. This event recognized and rewarded local elementary school girls for their academic achievement and outstanding character as demonstrated within their school communities. The League worked with school guidance counselors at each elementary school in the Lowndes and Valdosta School systems, who nominated two girls that displayed exceptional qualities in the classroom and among their peers. The 21 girls in attendance were greeted by princesses, enjoyed a morning of makeup, face painting, manicures and a glamour photo booth, followed by a “tea party” lunch, and cupcake decorating. The Provisional class felt that it was important to acknowledge and reward the qualities that are the foundation to becoming strong young women in our community.
VJSL looks forward to hosting another Character Achievement party in the Spring of 2017!
VJSL’s 2015 Provisional Class: Kaylane Alger, Roxy Corbett, Amber Cowart, Sharah Denton, Meshea Hardeman, Megan Henderson, Amy Holbrook, Brooke Peterman, Cathy Peters, Lee M. Smothers, Dorothy Steinberg, Marianne Wright, Jessica Young