The Junior Service League of Rome broke records for fundraising, launched a new grant program for local schools, and continued its support of local non-profit agencies during the recently-concluded 2021-22 league year.
As outlined in a letter by Cristine Pilgrim, outgoing President, to members of the service organization:
We have so many accomplishments to celebrate, including outstanding fundraising, with record-breaking Poinsettia Sale and Follies fundraising totals. We raised $16,000 for our League for Learning Program, $5,600 for Chieftains Museum, and nearly $50,000 to give out to worthy organizations in our community!
This year we began a pilot grant program for local schools. The original plan was to give $1,000 grants to two schools in the Rome City/Floyd County districts. The only roadblock was…we had to raise the money!
Thanks to our outstanding fundraising efforts, we were blessed to give out five times our original goal. We gave $10,000 in grants to ten local schools: Alto Park Elementary, Garden Lakes Elementary, Pepperell Elementary, Pepperell Middle, Pepperell High, East Central Elementary, West Central Elementary, Rome Middle, and Rome City Schools College and Career Academy. Grant money will go to summer reading programs for third graders, art supplies for elementary students, Student of the Month incentives, Student In Need Funds, A/V equipment for student-created broadcasts, a sensory garden, a clothes and shoe closet, and other worthy projects. Of all of the initiatives I have been blessed to be a part of during my time as League president, this school grant program is the one that touches my heart the most and makes me the most proud.
Additionally, we are continuing our longstanding grant program for community partners. Community Partner grant recipients for 2022 are: Habitat for Humanity, Hospitality House, Ferst Foundation Readers, Inc., Newborns in Need, YMCA, Family Resource Center, Davies Homeless Shelters, Sara Hightower Regional Library, and Global Girls, Inc.
For information about the Junior Service League of Rome, visit their website at www.jslofrome.com and/or social media outlets.