The Junior League of Greenville awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to agencies that enhance and promote our three Community Impact areas: Education, Families & Children, and Health & Wellness.
Our 2017 grant program award recipients were:
Julie Valentine Center: $14,500Julie Valentine Center provides free, confidential services to sexual assault and child abuse survivors and their families in the Greenville County area. Julie Valentine Center's mission is to stop sexual violence and child abuse and the impact of these crimes through prevention, investigation, collaboration, treatment, and advocacy. The Junior League of Greenville is funding Julie Valentine Centers’ new Campus Sexual Assault conference and two Community Forums. These events will be ways for the Julie Valentine Center to teach college age students and community members on ways of prevention and how to help assault victims in the community. Funding will pay for speakers, supplies and equipment, food, and curriculum for the conference and forums. This grant is under our Women & Children impact area.
Greenville Literacy Association: $13,000
The Greenville Literacy Association has served the community of Greenville and surrounding areas for almost 50 years. It is one of the largest community-based adult literacy programs in South Carolina and is one of the most highly developed in the nation. Helping adults improve their basic skills has a direct and measurable impact on both the education and quality of life of adult and of their children. JLG will fund the Greenville Literacy Association’s “Women Investing in Women. Educate, Enrich, Empower- A Pathway to Skilled Employment and Economically Stable Families.” Funding will pay for 20 GED exam scholarships, will provide six Greenville Tech Quick Jobs scholarships, twenty vouchers for the Nearly New shop for Employment Readiness certification participants to purchase mock interview attire, and marketing materials and items for student recognition.
Thrive Upstate: $13,000
Thrive Upstate formerly known as Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Boards’ mission is to provide all people with disabilities and special needs with meaningful services, opportunities, and support, so they may thrive in life, work, and play. At Thrive Upstate they redefine abilities for each person served to maximize their independence and contribution to the community. The Junior League of Greenville is funding Thrive Upstate’s Generous Garden Disabilities Employment Project, under the impact area of Health and Wellness. The Generous Garden Disabilities Employment Project allows people with disabilities and special needs to plant, maintain, harvest, and sell fruits and vegetables out of a garden owned by Thrive Upstate. The JLG funds will be used to purchase a cold storage unit and a washing station for the fruits and vegetables.
United Ministries: $13,000
United Ministries serves and empowers those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. Their vision is a community working together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in Greenville. The Junior League of Greenville will fund United Ministries’ the Junior League of Greenville Hospitality House, under the impact area of Families and Children. This house will allow a homeless family a place to live while achieving financial stability through a job and classes provided by United Ministries to where they can afford housing on their own. The funding will be used towards purchasing the house and to assist with operations of the home in the first year.