NEW: These partnerships are making Birmingham better for children + others through nonprofit work

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Junior League of Birmingham volunteers give back to the city. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham

Local nonprofits make Birmingham a brighter place for all, but they can’t do it alone. That’s why the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) partners with organizations to support them with funding and volunteers. The JLB is a local organization of 2,200 members who contribute more than 55,000 hours of service annually—WOW. They partner with local nonprofits and organizations on more than 30 projects to provide direct support and target critical issues. Get the details on the three new nonprofits that the JLB is supporting in 2021.

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Exploring Birmingham’s volunteer opportunities with Elizabeth Dunn

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Elizabeth Dunn, an agent with LAH Real Estate, is a prolific volunteer in the Birmingham area. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

To her friends and family, Elizabeth Dunn has played many roles in life—wife, mother, church council leader, real estate agent and more. But one of her favorite parts is that of a volunteer. In fact, Elizabeth Dunn has volunteered with several Birmingham organizations, from the Junior League of Birmingham to Heart Gallery Alabama and everywhere in-between. We spoke with Elizabeth to learn more about her volunteer work—here’s what we found out.

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Support survivors of domestic violence + make Birmingham brighter

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Lindsey Tanner wanted the Torchbearer model to engage the whole community. Photo taken pre-COVID via JLB’s Facebook

Over six years ago, the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) began making plans to celebrate 100 years of service to the Magic City. They wanted to leave a permanent impact and partner with an organization that’s leaving a similar legacy of light and hope: One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center. If you aren’t familiar with One Place and the JLB’s Community of Lights campaign, you need to be. Keep reading to see why this campaign is so important + see how you can get involved.

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100 Acts of Service from the Junior League of Birmingham opens volunteer opportunities to the public—sign up today

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100 Acts of Service is a new program by the Junior League of Birmingham providing volunteer projects to Birmingham residents. Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham

For nearly a decade, former Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) Community Vice President Lee Ann Petty dedicated countless hours of service to Birmingham. In honor of her memory, the JLB is opening up volunteer opportunities to the entire community through 100 Acts of Service. Sign up today and give back to your city.

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Events educate Birmingham during Human Trafficking Awareness Month —why you should be involved

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Did you know The Junior League of Birmingham Anti-Trafficking Committee is a leader in the state for fighting human trafficking? Here, the team— Pamela Rasberry (Trafficking Hope), Jamie Willett (JLB), Mayor Tony Picklesimer and Julia Meyers (JLB)— is meeting with Chelsea City Council to get more city officials involved in the fight. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham

If human trafficking isn’t something you know much about, it’s more important than ever you understand this prominent issue during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is a state leader in actively educating city officials and residents on how to prevent this crime. You can get involved too by attending several of JLB’s virtual events throughout the month of January.

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More neighbors are looking at a long + hungry winter—7 ways you can help food banks in Birmingham

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A mobile food bank with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Photo via Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Facebook

COVID cases, unemployment and loss of family members all combine to mean more of our neighbors in the Greater Birmingham Area are facing a long and hungry winter. Food banks play a critical role in helping many people continue to eat. This holiday season, you can make a difference in your community by helping one of these organizations. Keep reading to find out how.

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Junior League of Birmingham’s Virtual Market Noel

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The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is bringing a sleigh full of holiday cheer during its first virtual Market Noel, taking place Nov. 17-22, 2020. As a result of COVID-19 safety precautions, shopping will occur through a virtual marketplace and all special events will be held virtually. With the purchase of a $15 General Admission ticket, patrons have access to the Market Noel virtual marketplace Tuesday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 22. The online market features more than 50 stores from across the nation. With items including home decor, clothing and accessories, gift and holiday items, food and much more, there is something for everyone. The virtual marketplace allows customers to shop their favorite stores from the comfort and safety of their own home while still supporting the Junior League’s mission.

Market Noel will consist of various virtual events throughout the week of Nov. 16-22, including Preview Noel, JLB hearts Birmingham, Jingle and Flamingle Fiesta Pack, Brunch with the Big Guy and Market Noel 2020 Flamingle & Flock. For the best way to experience Market Noel’s holiday party packs, you can purchase a $250 Ho! Ho! Trio ticket and receive both the Jingle & Flamingle Fiesta and Brunch with the Big Guy party packs and receive a free Preview Noel ticket. 

The JLB is also excited to announce a new Market Noel feature this year – complete and mini “The Elf Made Me Do It” kits! These 24 and 7-day kits have everything parents (and the elf!) need for a very merry and mischievous December for your kids!

Other ways to participate in this year’s festivities include entry into the Drink up Grinches, Diamond Drop sponsored by Diamond’s Direct, Cigar Drop and Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers Party Package Chance contests. More information on Market Noel’s special events can be found at https://www.marketnoel.net/pages/special-events

Proceeds from Market Noel go directly back into the community through the JLB’s 40 community projects benefiting women and children in need in Birmingham. In 2019, over $218,000 was raised from the event; these funds helped provide 84 packs of diapers to the JLB Diaper Bank, prepare 84 meals to elderly persons in Jefferson County through Meals on Wheels and allow over 84 provisional members to receive leadership training through the JLB’s annual provisional retreat. 

For more information about Market Noel or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.marketnoel.net/.

Shop and celebrate with virtual events + more at Market Noel, November 17-22

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Get ready for tons of holiday cheer at Market Noel happening November 16-22. Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham

Want to know one thing that’s not canceled this year? Holiday cheer! And the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is bringing a sleigh full of it during their first-ever virtual Market Noel. Shop safely from over 50 vendors and virtually attend some new, and exciting events throughout the week when you purchase a ticket to the market happening Tuesday, November 17 through Sunday, November 22.

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Save 20% at 250+ retailers like Alabama Outdoors + Kendra Scott Oct. 14-25 at Shop Save & Share

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Shop 20% off the trendiest brands at Alabama Outdoors when you purchase a Shop Save & Share card. Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham

As calls to the Crisis Center increased and programs like Meals on Wheels pivoted to feed the hungry stuck at home, vital community support from the Junior League of Birmingham stood behind their efforts. Now, we can lend a hand too, by participating in the Shop Save Share event on Wednesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 25—here’s how.

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BackPack Buddies feeds over 1000 kids facing food insecurity each year + how you can help

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The Junior League of Birmingham partnered with BackPack Buddies and other community members for a necessary cause. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Grissom 

For some children, the weekend comes not with the challenge of deciding what activity they’ll do with friends, but what or if they’ll be able to eat. Actually, it’s more than some—in Shelby County alone over 10,000 public school children are on the free meal program at their school. BackPack Buddies and the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) teamed up to ensure students’ next meals aren’t a worry when Friday rolls around.

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Future leaders—10 Birmingham seniors receive the Memorial Scholarship

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The scholarship recipients were met with a warm congratulation committee from the JLB. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

After months of diligent hard work, they finally heard the news. The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) awarded 10 Birmingham seniors the Memorial Scholarship. As they head off to schools across the country, their impact on Birmingham won’t be forgotten.

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Meet the team supporting One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center + help give too

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Former torchbearers Mashonda Taylor and Mia Cowan with Lindsey Tanner, Chair of Community of Lights.Photo via the Junior League of Birmingham’s Facebook.

When things get dark, Birmingham knows how to turn on a light. Whether it’s the present COVID-19 situation or daily life, our community members step up to the challenge. Take a look at how the team behind The Community of Lights, a five-year fundraiser, is supporting One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center and how you can donate, too.

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Birmingham’s biggest garage sale is back! The Bargain Carousel returns Feb. 27, Apr. 4 + Apr. 25.

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Get ready to attend the 1000-family garage sale this spring. You won’t want to miss out on these items. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

Know how people say they’re “treasure hunting” when it comes to scouring garage sales, antique shops or thrift stores for gems? The Bargain Carousel’s events on Feb. 27, Apr. 4 and Apr.25 are the opposite of that. It’d be hard not to find amazing items. Grab your tickets and find out how you can be a part of the fun while putting your money right back into Birmingham.

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How the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is helping stop human trafficking

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Junior League of Birmingham and Birmingham Airport Authority Announce Partnership to help stop human trafficking. Photo by Chaise Sanders for BhamNow.

Did you know January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month? The effort to end this issue doesn’t stop there. An estimated 5,000 people are trafficked through Birmingham each month. The Birmingham Airport Authority along with local partners aim to change this alarming statistic. Here’s how.

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It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Here’s what you can do in Birmingham.

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January was officially declared Human Trafficking Awareness Month at a Birmingham City Council meeting. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham.

January is officially Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Birmingham. It’s not the only city to face this issue, but Birmingham does have some dedicated groups committed to stopping the crime in our city.

The Junior League of Birmingham Anti-Human Trafficking Committee is educating the public about this pressing issue, including the signs and best ways to respond if you see something suspicious. Plus, take a look at the free event JLB is hosting to help you prevent human trafficking.

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