Junior Service League named outstanding nonprofit of the year

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The Junior Service League of Beaufort (JSLB) is honored to be the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Non-Profit Civitas Award. This award, given annually by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, recognizes a private, non-profit organization that demonstrates enhancement of the quality of life and betterment of the community; contributes a balance of time, expertise and funding; meets an identified community need; and serves locally, regionally or nationally with a local or regional presence.

The awards dinner, held at Dataw Island on June 17, recognized many outstanding businesses and individuals who have made a positive impact on the Beaufort community. JSLB was humbled to be in a group of hard-working nonprofits who work tirelessly each day of the year to improve our region.

The Junior Service League of Beaufort began in the spring of 2005 by a small group of former Junior League members along with other young women concerned, active and involved in the Beaufort community. Since its inception, over 180 women ages 22-50 have been members of the league. Over the past six years, the women of JSLB have assisted numerous local non-profits in a variety of ways from direct service to major fundraising.

JSLB is currently accepting applications for membership in the 2011-2012 league year to begin in September. Service projects for the coming year include working closely with the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), and The Blood Alliance.

For a membership application or to learn more about the league, email jslbft@yahoo.com or visit www.jslbeaufort.org.