For Hometown News
As the 84th fiscal year draws to a close for the ladies of the Junior Service League of DeLand, the 30 members can reflect on another year of service provided to the families of West Volusia County.
"This year was an exceptional year of service by the members of the league," League President Pate Henderson said. "It is amazing how these very busy ladies give of their time willingly to help those in need."
From fundraising to volunteerism the members provided more than 5,000 volunteer hours. The hours are dedicated to projects chosen by membership for the betterment of the communities served, including DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Lake Helen, Orange City, Pierson, Seville, DeLeon Springs, Barberville and Glenwood.
The projects included providing winter jackets for children of area schools, furnishing meals for those in need, shopping with children for new school clothes, hosting a Christmas party and giving resources to local community groups. More than 500 individuals were helped by the projects. Also, the members dedicated 150 hours to assisting other nonprofit organizations by staffing their events.
The Junior Service League hosts two large fundraising efforts.
The first is the Wild Wild West Charity Auction and show each August at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. The auction included donated items for the 700 attendees to bid on, food, drinks, entertainment and fun. In December, the League hosted its inaugural Wild Wild Winter 5K race at the DeLand Airport. The compilation of these events resulted in more than $47,000 raised for local charities.
The check presentation for these charities will be at 6 p.m. March 13 at Stetson University's Lynn Business Center.
The League also has a contingency fund for emergencies. Individuals who find themselves in dire situations can contact the League or a member and request funds to assist with their circumstances.