Johnny Van Name formed the League in February 1980. She wanted to bring attention to other John’s Island residents the needs of the community in which they lived, either full or part time. Her goal was to raise funds to aid women and children who were victims of abuse by starting a thrift shop, now known as the Tambourine Shop. Since that time the League has flourished and grown, becoming an important part of the lives of many residents of John’s Island, as well as the lives of countless Indian River County women, children and families.
12 years ago, men were invited to become members of the JICSL as the “150 Good Men”; each year the number of men has grown.
Last year’s grants surpassed $1M
for the fourth year in a row.
Since its inception, JICSL has granted over $15,616,697 for IRC charitable agencies and post-secondary scholarships for John’s Island Employees and their children.