Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Hartford (JLH)!
Since 1921, the JLH has been making the greater Hartford community a better place to live by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLH is one of 291 members of the Association of Junior Leagues International, AJLI.
Our current focus in the greater Hartford community is empowering women and girls to overcome obstacles. Over the past five years, this impact area saw us partner with Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwest New England as we piloted Career Connections for Young Women (CCYW), a program for high school girls in the greater Hartford area, focusing on career development, financial responsibility, personal branding and more. This program encouraged them to think positively about their future as they began to develop career pathways for themselves. This program has successfully rolled off to a corporate sponsor who will partner with JA to ensure it runs successfully for years in the future.
As we began our New Project Development (NPD) selection process in 2018-2019, we were in search of a community impact program and partner that would create opportunities for the League to educate our members about issues women and girls face while developing meaningful volunteer and leadership training opportunities. The selected signature project, The Boys & Girls Club of Hartford’s SMART Girls Program promises to create measurable, meaningful impact for the population we intend to serve and we are so excited to get started with this new partner!
The JLH continuously works with a variety of other community partners throughout the area, partnering on single-day volunteer opportunities (we call them Done In A Day!). These opportunities often align with our current impact area but also reach beyond those guidelines and serve a variety of organizations throughout the greater Hartford area on a regular basis. From Interval House to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and My Sister’s Place to The Children’s Museum, we treasure the relationships we have built with so many wonderful organizations and volunteers in our community.
In addition to the incredible, meaningful volunteer opportunities organized and offered by the JLH, we also pride ourselves in our focus on the leadership development of our members. AJLI emphasizes our role as a training organization as a differentiating factor for the Junior League compared to other volunteer organizations. From training sessions with our fellow Connecticut Leagues and our members’ attendance at national conferences to our mentorship program and our one-off training sessions tied to our General Membership Meetings, we value the opportunities we have to shape our members as civic leaders.
From community grants and participation in the aforementioned leadership opportunities, the JLH is only able to accomplish all that we do thanks to the support generated by generous donations. From donations to our Annual Fund or our Endowment Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to participation in our fundraising events (Volunteer-A-Thon, Bubbly & Bites, Touch-A-Truck), we are so grateful for the support we receive from members, friends, family and community partners.
Some of our biggest tent pole events we look forward to this year include our Fourth Annual Volunteer-A-Thon, our mission-based fundraiser that includes 26.2 consecutive hours of “woman power” volunteering in the community. It’s our time to shine and show all that we are capable of in the greater Hartford community and we look forward to it every year. We also kicked off our first-ever Touch-A-Truck event at Foodshare in Bloomfield in May 2019 and can’t wait to see the fun, family-friendly event continue to grow year after year. Lastly, we have had such a great time the last two years at our Bubbly & Bites “Friendraiser” where we gather friends, donors and community partners for a fun evening full of conversation, light bites and sips while we celebrate all that the League has accomplished while fundraising for future initiatives.
Beyond the tireless work we do in our community, the League has fostered the creation of lifelong friendships as likeminded women work alongside one another to become more engaged civic leaders. Being part of such an organization is empowering, to say the least. I invite you to explore our website and by doing so, I hope you learn more about the League and become a member, community partner, or supporter of the JLH.
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The Junior League of Hartford…Women Building Better Communities.
Elizabeth Paige Fierman
Junior League of Hartford President, 2019-2020