ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) has announced $52,000 was awarded through the JLRV community grants program.

JLRV says their community focus is “addressing poverty by connecting the community to existing resources and removing barriers to healthcare and food.”

The goal is to collaborate and build partnerships inside of the Roanoke Valley by connecting people to the resources they need.

Each year, the JLRV awards three grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations which includes:

  • Care That Counts
  • Community Focus Grant
  • Apel Family Grant

JLRV says they are fully funding requests from five organizations and partially funding three.

The breakdown of funds dispersed includes:

Community Focus Grant ($32,000)
  • Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP): $17,00 to improve the Hurt Park Community Garden, increasing access to fresh food.
  • United Way of Roanoke Valley: $15,000 to launch the HUB Community Health Worker (CHW) Referral System and promote usage in the community. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roanoke Valley’s low-income citizens have become less healthy, poorer, and more likely to face barriers to care based upon social determinants.
Care That Counts Grant ($15,000)
  • YMCA: $5,000 to provide scholarships for students to attend youth enrichment centers.
  • Community Youth Program: $5,000 to cover the additional costs for staff, internet updates, cleaning supplies, transportation, and maintenance of their van. In order to pivot from the model of after-school programming to daytime virtual learning due to the pandemic, CYP incurred many unplanned expenses.
  • Healing Strides: $2,500 to provide 50 lessons in the Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Program to children who need financial assistance for an adaptive healing approach through therapeutic riding.
  • Kids Soar: $2,500 used to help make up for lost Virginia Social Services Voucher income due to the pandemic. The after-school and summer program targets children who are behind on their reading scores in K-6th grades.
Apel Family Grant ($5,000)
  • Roanoke City Public Schools: $3,420 to buy two sets of washers and dryers for students and families to do laundry at school.
  • The Agape Center: $1,580 to buy one chest freezer for its food pantry.

The JLRV invests about $70,000 each year to better our local communities through grants, scholarships and volunteers and is committed to our community’s focus of addressing poverty by connecting the community to existing resources and removing barriers to healthcare and food.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, this focus is more important than ever as our neighbors deal with job loss, economic impacts and school closures,” says JLRV.