Frequently Asked Questions about Membership
in the Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
How many members do you have now? Tell me a little bit about your members.
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. currently includes approximately 400 members from the Greater Hartford area. Of those, approximately 100 are "active members" and the remainder are "sustainer" members. In addition, each fall we welcome approximately 25 to 40 "provisional" members, who are testing out membership in our organization for a year.
Our members come from Hartford as well as Avon, Farmington, Glastonbury, Middletown, Simsbury, Suffield, West Hartford, and Windsor and many other towns. Our members include women working in the home and women working outside the home.
If I have a full-time job, can I still volunteer?
Yes! A large number of JLH members hold regular full-time jobs and still find time to volunteer with us. We have volunteer opportunities available in the evenings and on weekends. There are also projects that take place during the day, so we are flexible and can work with anyone's schedule. Most meetings are usually held in the evenings and occasionally on the weekends so this offers additional flexibility for working women.
Is the Junior League of Hartford, Inc. a networking organization? Am I able to promote my business to other JLH members?
While the JLH supports and works hard to provide opportunities for personal growth for all of its members, it is a volunteer and not a networking organization. Our members devote their time to promoting our mission: The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. (JLH) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Similarly, to help our members remain focused on our mission and to maintain the JLH's character as a volunteer organization, JLH members are not permitted to use their JLH membership to promote their own business.
However, JLH members are offered the opportunity to take on new challenges and learn new skills that benefit them professionally, without the pressure of a job evaluation.
What organizations benefit from your volunteers?
Since 1921, the women of the Junior League of Hartford have been raising funds, identifying needs in the greater
Why should I volunteer with the JLH versus other organizations?
Current members feel that the JLH provides a unique volunteer experience because of the commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Members enjoy being part of an organization that makes a meaningful impact in their local communities. The JLH provides members with a structured, well-organized volunteer experience. Volunteers also benefit from training in a variety of educational and leadership programs. Ultimately, however, most members say they value the lifelong friendships forged through their membership in the JLH.
Many of our members, who we have trained as volunteer leaders, are asked to assume leadership positions with other local non-profit organizations.
What is the Provisional class?
If you would like to become a member of the Junior League of Hartford, Inc., you will be asked to complete a "provisional" year with a group of other women also considering membership. This is the Provisional Class. In order to become a member of the Junior League of Hartford, Inc. (i.e., an "active member"), you must complete the provisional year.
When Can I Join?
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. is always interested in welcoming new members to our organization and accepts new volunteer inquiries year round.
The "League year" runs from September to May for Active JLH Members. Traditionally, we have had one Provisional Class that ran from September through the following May. However, now we are offering two entry points for membership. The Fall Classes will begin each September and the Spring Classes will start each January. Regardless of which class you start with, your provisional year will be the same number of months and will include the same training opportunities. New Members that begin in January will finish their Provisional Course the following December, with a break during the months of June, July and August.
Prospective members who contact us during the year will be placed on a list and contacted before the start of the next Provisional Course. The provisional year and all requirements must be completed to become an Active Member.
How do I Join?
Download our brochure for more information and to access the membership application, click here. You may also request that one of our members call or email you here. Alternatively, you can contact us and ask to be connected with our Provisional Class Committee Chairs.