Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor
Starting Tuesday, Mar. 9, The Junior League of Lynchburg Provisional Class is hosting a book drive until mid-April for inmates at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.
Jennifer Light, graduate student at the University of Lynchburg, is helping run the book drive, because it is one of her class projects.
Light goes into detail about the league, saying, “The Junior League (now The Association of Junior Leagues International) was founded in New York City in 1901, and the Junior League of Lynchburg was granted membership in 1926. We are a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the action of trained volunteers.”
She said, “Our purpose is exclusively education and charitable. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities. Our membership is comprised of women 21 and older.”
Light explained how the class came up with the project. She said, “I spend most of my time talking to the incarcerated citizens at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center, and a recurring theme is the need for new books. During the past year, the doors have been closed to the public most of the time due to the pandemic, so book donations have slowed down if not stopped completely. Each year the first-year members of the Junior League of Lynchburg come together to do a service-based project, so this seemed like the perfect initiative.”
She continued, “We are at over 50 percent of our goal of 1000 books and have 650 books as of the first week. We are elated at the positive response we have received in the community and are grateful for the donations we have collected so far.”
There are multiple ways that the community can help. “Paperbacks can be brought to the Lynchburg Public Library, Johnson Health Center (Federal St), or YWCA,” Light said. “Virtual donations can also be made by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list.”
Caitlyn Roderick is a senior at the University of Lynchburg who is aware of the initiative. She said, “I think this book drive is such an amazing idea and I hope they are able to reach their goal! I feel as if incarcerated adults are always overlooked by society and people’s volunteer times are always geared towards children, when adults need help too.”
To view the Amazon wish list, visit https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/QA2F9T7RLHI0?ref_=wl_share.