Junior League of Greenwich

Who We Are

About the Junior League of Greenwich

The Junior League was founded in 1901 by Mary Harriman, a 19-year old New York City debutante. She and 80 other young women sought to improve the living conditions of immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Junior Leagues shifted their focus to social, health, and educational issues that affected the communities at large. They were involved in remedial reading centers, diagnostic testing programs, and programs for gifted and challenged children. By the 1970’s almost 200 Leagues worked with the National Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the US Justice Department on a four-year program sought to improve the justice system. By the year 2000 AJLI (Association of Junior League International) adapted new goals, launched a new PR/Marketing Campaign including a newsletter, Connected; launched its Healthy League initiative and third collection of Junior League recipes…and continues to grow.

The Junior League of Greenwich was chartered in February 1959; we have continued to serve and grow this community for over 50 years.

Our Members:

The Junior League of Greenwich believes that the collective power of diverse women, joined together to identify unmet needs and forge effective coalitions, can dramatically improve our community. We also believe that in order to most effectively cultivate positive community action, volunteers need educational opportunities for personal growth and volunteer leadership to their potential.

Key to our success is a commitment to providing effective action through trained leaders and volunteers. The League’s training and experience equips members to be most effective in their volunteer work while also fueling their commitment to community services in other areas.

We are an organization of over 700 women. We are dedicated to working to build a stronger community for Greenwich.

Strategic Goals:

The Junior League of Greenwich has a created a strategic plan to guide the organization forward:

  • Transform communities by empowering women and children at-risk to become self-reliant
  • Improve the effectiveness of our resources
  • Be the primary organization the community comes to for trained leaders and volunteers

What We Do In The Community:

  • Research and identify community needs
  • Initiate programs that meet these needs and support our health/wellness and education concentrations
  • Work in partnership with other civic organizations and agencies

How We Are Funded:

  • The Enchanted Forest
  • Letter Perfect Stationary and Gift Shop
  • Touch a Truck
  • Children's Concert
  • Annual Fund

Current JLG Projects:

  • Done In a Day (DIAD)
  • Greenwich Pool and Byram Park Project
  • Greenwich Youth Film Festival
  • Kids In The Kitchen
  • New Member Projects
  • PositivelyMe!
  • PositivelyMore!

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The Junior League of Greenwich, Inc. is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Junior League is also exempt under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.