The Mission of the Junior League of Daytona states that its vision is to significantly improve the quality of life of women and children in the community by focusing resources on local needs and services. The Junior League of Daytona has fulfilled this mission with the annual fundraiser for the kids in the area. The Annual fundraiser is known as Best Foot Forward and kids are given a personal shopper for an evening to provide them with clothing for school.
The Junior League in Daytona Beach began in 1934 and existed by having fundraisers and serving the needy in the community. Fundraising events centered on books sales, fashion and charity balls. In the late thirties, they opened a free well baby and dental clinic for children. In the 1940s, the fundraising activities continued and the league’s mission was on the health of children. The clinics continued until the county was given the clinic upon creation of its own health unit in the late forties.
Throughout the years, the Junior League of Daytona has stayed the course and has provided services for women and children each year. The fundraisers and events have grown from the humble book sales to creation and sales of cookbooks, children’s theater and support of the arts and sciences. In addition, the league has supported anti drug programs in schools and provided services for the deaf. The spirit of service from the Junior League is visible in all of their activities.
Today, the Junior League of Daytona has once again proven that their actions equal their words as more than 140 economically disadvantaged children received clothing and shoes. These children were chosen from various schools and were deemed economically disadvantaged, and in need of these items. Volunteers from the community assisted the Junior League by accepting responsibility for one child from one school. The Junior League provided a gift card to each volunteer and the volunteer and the recipient child went on the shopping trip together. The child received gifts of clothing and shoes purchased from local retailers. The economic times have taken a toll on area Daytona families and this annual outreach is an outstanding service to the community.