President’s Message

Val_HeadshotWelcome to the Junior League of Hartford! Since 1921, the Junior League 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-pro
fit organization whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Hartford is one of 293 members of the Association of Junior Leagues International, AJLI. 

Our current community impact is Empowering Women and Girls to Overcome Obstacles.  A community impact program must create opportunities for the League to educate our members about the issues, develop meaningful volunteer and training opportunities, and create measurable, meaningful impact for the population we intend to serve through professional collaboration with local nonprofits.

The Junior League of Hartford (JLH) has partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwest New England for an initiative named JA Career Connections for Young Women (CCYW).  The program’s objective is to prepare and inspire teenage girls in the Greater Hartford area to focus on careers, professional goals and financial responsibility. It also focuses on inspiring students (a mix of students from suburban and urban communities) to think positively about their future and develop career pathways for themselves.

Additionally, the League continues working with agencies that support the needs of women and girls as we participate in single-day volunteer opportunities. This hands-on learning will be organized by the Community Outreach Committee (CORC).  In addition to supporting the needs of women and girls, the JLH also offers members one-day community volunteer opportunities in a wide range of areas throughout Greater Hartford on an ongoing basis.

The Junior League of Hartford is able to accomplish all that we do through the support generated by our fundraisers. In May of 2015 we hosted our 13th Decorator Show House. Historically, Show Houses are how we have raised the majority of our funding for our programs and projects. Our longest-standing fundraiser, the Clothes Horse on Park Road, always has treasures waiting to be found. We invite you to join our email list to get regular updates of what is going on at the Clothes Horse.  You can also follow the exciting developments and fun ways to shop at our “thriftique” on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ClothesHorseWestHartford for the latest happenings.

Last year, we launched our new mission-based event, Volunteerathon: The JLH Volunteer Marathon.  The event ran from 4:00pm Friday, May 6th through 6:12pm on Saturday, May 7th, resulting in 26.2 hours of continuous volunteering! We were able to disperse our volunteers to a variety of nonprofit agencies that could use our “woman power” and we were able to make a huge impact in the local community.  This amazing event helped promote JLH and its mission and gain support throughout the community. We are looking forward to planning our second annual Volunteerathon for Spring 2017.

In addition to positively impacting the community, the League has always offered opportunities to create lifelong friendships while working alongside other women who actively seek ways to become more engaged in their community. These are the women who become the community and civic leaders of tomorrow. I invite you to explore our website. By doing so I hope you learn more about the League and become a member, partner agency, or supporter of the JLH.

The Junior League of Hartford…Women Building Better Communities.

Sincerely,

Valerie Bischof

Junior League of Hartford
President 2016-2017
president@jlhartford.org