2010 Rising Star Award winner
The Junior League of Montgomery
As a new member of the Junior League of Montgomery, Rising Star Tonda West immediately demonstrated qualities of an emerging civic leader. During her year as a Provisional, she surpassed the volunteer hour requirements due to her work with Adullam House, a community program dedicated to helping the children of incarcerated parents experience the joys of a typical childhood. West not only gave generously of her own time, but recruited friends in the beauty shop business to create a safe, child-friendly environment in which to give little girls first-rate hairstyles. For one 13-year-old, it was the first time she’d ever had the opportunity.
With an eye on making a significant difference in the community, West has participated in a range of initiatives and organizations. As the founder and executive director of Daughters of His Divine Glory, Inc., she is dedicated to improving the lives of inner-city youth and seniors. As a volunteer chaplain for the Life-Tech Transitional Rehabilitation Center, she teaches and provides spiritual guidance to women in the court-ordered program. Through her participation on the League’s Community Research Committee, she is helping shape the strategies for community grants and the deployment of volunteers.
Due to West’s commitment to bettering the community and dedication to creating opportunities for the underserved, the Junior League of Montgomery renamed its Provisional Award for Excellence, the "Tonda West Provisional Award."