Each year, efforts are made to place JLB members at already established as well as new locations in the community to provide volunteer services.

Arts & Music

  • Music Appreciation Course, 1950
  • Children’s Story Hour at Public Library, 1950-53
  • Art Exhibits by Frank DeFioia and John Allan Maxwell, 1951 & 1953
  • Art Show in the Schools sponsored for twenty years, 1964-1985
  • Drama Day sponsor at Virginia Highlands Festival, 1957
  • Sponsored Suzari Marionettes Production, 1960-63
  • Established Appalachian Chapter of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1962
  • Co-sponsor of Bristol Fine Arts Festival, 1966- & 1967
  • Vaten School of Crafts, 1967
  • Co-Sponsor of Bristol Fine Arts Festival, 1968
  • Elementary School Art Education Program, 1961-65 and reactivated, 1969
  • Poet in the Schools, National Endowment for Arts, 1974
  • Donation to the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation, Nashville, TN, 1975
  • Sponsored Artist In Residence Program for gifted art students in the Bristol Virginia School System, 1976
  • It’s Happening, a Bristol Arts Calendar designed, printed and distributed monthly to the community, 1981
  • Kaleidoscope, a creative arts experience for children presented by Hallmark, 1981, 1987 & 1993
  • Sponsored Junior Art Shows for 20+ years
  • Presented the Johnson City Symphony Pops Concert as a special gift to Bristol, 1982
  • “Illusion” Artmobile Exhibit sponsored with the Virginia Museum of Art, 1984
  • Endorsed and funded Appalachian Artist-In-Residence program for Tennessee Homecoming, 1986
  • Children’s Film Festival (November-March), 1995
  • Co-Hosted Music In The Meadows at BMS, 2001-03
  • Volunteers at William King Art Center, 2003
  • Art Auction, 2003 & 2004, 2006
  • Donation of $25,000 for establishment of Science Center
  • Rhythm & Roots Kids Day
  • State of the Arts Kids Day, 2013
  • Paramount Theater volunteers
  • From Page to Stage at Theatre Bristol, 2014

Recreation & Beautification

  • Randolph Field Playground (jointly with Bristol, Virginia City Council), 1953
  • Beautification project (jointly with Bristol Council of Garden Clubs), 1958
  • Rocky Mount Historical Site, 1961
  • Equipped DeFriece Park, 1963
  • Contributed $5,000 to YMCA Building Fund, 1964
  • Participated in National Junior Tennis League program, 1994-2002
  • Playground equipment donated at Sugar Hollow Park, 1999
  • Playground equipment donated at Bristol, Tennessee Multi-Purpose Park, 1999
  • Volunteer placements with the National Junior Tennis League, 1994-2000
  • South Holston Lake Cleanup
  • Rhythm & Roots Children’s Day Activities, 2004 – present
  • Caterpillar Crawl  in downtown Bristol, 2008 to present
  • Keep Bristol Beautiful Conservation Camp, 2014
  • Splash Pad at Steele Creek Park, Summer 2016
  • Sensory Boards at Sugar Hollow Park, installation in 2019
  • Sugar Hollow Park, Bristol, Virginia Whitetop Creek Park, Bristol, Tennessee

Health & Education

  • Bristol Regional Medical Center Clinic, 1948
  • Hospital Snack Corner, 1949-51
  • Children’s Story Hour at Public Library, 1950-53
  • Bristol Speech & Hearing Center incorporated under Board of Directors, 1963
  • Record and Print Lending Service donated to Public Library, 1964 & 1965
  • Provisional Class established Bristol Regional Diabetes Chapter, 1978
  • Sponsored Discover 1982, a special program for gifted children at King College
  • Sponsored Community Issues Seminar at Virginia High School which led to development of task forces on Drug & Alcohol Abuse and Teenage Pregnancy, 1982
  • Established a Coalition for Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
  • In cooperation with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, established the Bristol Leadership Tomorrow Program, 1983
  • Latch Key Child Program offered in cooperation with the Crisis Center, 1985
  • Participated in Food Drive since 1989 to benefit local food banks; co-sponsor with Food City
  • Co-Sponsored AIDS Seminar at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1992
  • Reading Is Fundamental book distribution in area schools, 1993
  • Signature Project at Healing Hands Health Center, 2000
  • Hospice House Volunteers, 2000
  • Contributed “Starter Kits” to the Janie Hammit Home, 2000
  • Donation of Sexual Assault Companion Kits for Bristol Crisis Center, 2001
  • Read Across America, since 2000
  • Began researching the establishment of a satellite Science Center in Bristol, 2001
  • Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, volunteers and donations since its inception
  • YWCA Adult Day Care volunteers, 2003
  • Abuse Alternatives volunteers, 2003+ Party With A Purpose
  • Adult Day Care at Central Presbyterian Church, 2003
  • New Clothes For Kids, donation of clothing and school supplies, 2003-04 school year
  • Bristol Faith In Action volunteers, 2004-05
  • Bristol’s Promise volunteers, 2004-05
  • Compassion Connection volunteers, 2003-05
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive benefiting pediatric patients, 2004
  • Friends Buddy Walk, 2005-06
  • River’s Way/YMCA Girls, 2005-06
  • YWCA Volunteers, 2005-06
  • Kids In The Kitchen, 2007-2017
  • Every Little Bottom, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Van Pelt Reading Volunteers, 2012 & 2013
  • Bristol Public Library Teen and Adult Programs, 2014
  • Spirit of Giving Thanksgiving Food Baskets, 2014 -2018
  • Books for Break – children’s book distribution for summer 2014 & 2015
  • KBB & Upper TN River Roundtable at Conservation Camp – recycline
  • Read for the Record, 2014 & 2015
  • Little Free Libraries at 6 locations, 2014 & 2015
  • Wellmont Hospice House meals and pantry stocking, 2015
  • Little Free Libraries were added at the five elementary schools in Bristol, TN., 2018
  • All 11 Little Free Libraries were stocked with books in 2018-19

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