The Junior League of Boca Raton has develeped a community resource center to provide services to the local nonprofit organizations dedicated to community improvement. The community center was designed with three goals in mind: to help build stronger nonprofit organizations, to improve education and to help nonprofits increase funding and to make the League more efficient and better able to identify and respond to community needs.
With the support of both active and sustaining members, community leaders and donors, the League raised $2.5 million in two years, completed construction on a 5,500 square foot building and established an $850,000 endowment fund to sustain the center in the future. Their impressive efforts resulted in the Vegso Community Resource Center (VCRC), which opened in 2004. The VCRC not only features educational programming targeted to nonprofits, but is available for board meetings or training and includes a grant library, which offers regular training on researching funding sources using the Foundation Center database and resources.
Boca Raton's nonprofit community has been greatly impacted by the Center's resources. Since its opening, 58 public seminars have been held attracting over 700 nonprofit representatives (not JLBR members), and 130 nonprofit organizations have been trained on the Foundation Center's database. But the Center's greatest focus is not the numbers-it's the personal difference. One workshop participant explained, "Every time, I learn something new that helps me fine-tune my fundraising and advocacy skills. Your sponsorship helped me make this possible." A seminar attendee even wrote, "Thank you again for providing this seminar as well as all of the excellent work that the JLBR has done to make Southern Palm Beach County a better place for all of its citizens."
Vegso Community Resource Center (story on national Junior League website).
Vegso Community Resource Center Grant Library (Boca Raton local)
261 NW 13th St., Boca Raton, 33432, 561-620-2553.
8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday.
Librarian assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment.
Materials in the collection are free to the public.
Library orientation held the second Thursday of each month or by appointment.