President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Hartford!

The Junior League of Hartford was founded in 1921 by Elinor Ingersoll and a group of women dedicated to advancing women leadership while advancing the communities in which they lived and served.  As the Junior League of Hartford enters its Centennial year that goal has never faltered.  The Junior League of Hartford’s mission is promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

​Members of the Junior League are catalysts for change.  The Junior League of Hartford is a part of 155,000 members across 293 leagues spanning four countries through the Association of Junior Leagues International.  The impact Junior League members have had since the founding of the first Junior League in New York City by Mary Harriman in 1901 has been significant and continues to leave a lasting impression in the communities in which the Junior League serves.

​The Junior League of Hartford has made great strides over the past 100 years in the Greater Hartford community.  The first project the Junior League of Hartford undertook in the 1920s was to create the first Maternal Milk Station in the Greater Hartford area in collaboration with the Visiting Nurse Association of Hartford.  The impact areas of the Junior League of Hartford has changed over the years to meet the growing and changing needs of the community.  In the 1930s the focus was on growing the potential of children.  At that time the Junior League of Hartford created Children’s Theatre Workshops, the East Side Pre-School Program, South-End Day Nursery, and “The Story Lady” children’s radio program.  In the early 2000s it was ending hunger in which the Junior League of Hartford established Freshplace through a collaboration with Foodshare and the Chrysallis Center.  As well as, starting Super Sustainer with Loaves and Fishes Ministries Soup Kitchen, which continues on today.

​The Junior League of Hartford’s current impact area is Empowering Women & Girls to Overcome Obstacles.  From 2014 to 2019 the Junior League of Hartford partnered with Junior Achievement of SWNE to develop a new program called Career Connections for Young Women in which it helps to empower high school girls in the Greater Hartford Area to expand their knowledge on financial responsibility, professional goals, and career aspirations.

Last year, the Junior League of Hartford kicked off it’s initial year partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford on their Smart Girls Program.  The Smart Girls Program helps young women develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a healthy lifestyle, healthy relationships, mental health, and self-esteem.  The Junior League of Hartford is excited to kick off the second year of our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.

​The Junior League of Hartford partners with many other organizations like My Sisters Place, Interval House, the Chyrsallis Center, the Children’s Museum, Project Linus, Love146, and many more through various Done In a Day (DIAD) projects.  DIAD projects are one day volunteer opportunities in which we partner with a local organization to provide some extra women power!  These opportunities allow us to utilize our membership to provide short-term support for other area non-profits, with an emphasis on the Junior League of Hartford mission.

​One of the main pillars of the Junior League is developing the potential of women.  The Junior League of Hartford advances this pillar by providing training opportunities for our membership.  The Junior League of Hartford is gearing up for our first year implementing a new Training Certificate Program in which our members will have the opportunity to choose from five Certificate Programs that will focus on five skill set areas including an added focus on diversity and inclusion.  We look forward to offering our members this amazing opportunity to grow and develop their leadership, communication, and other skill set areas with the League.

The Junior League of Hartford further takes part in The Association of Junior Leagues training opportunities by making available to select members, at no cost, the opportunity to travel to an Organizational Development Institutes or ODI for short.  ODI provides Junior League members with mission-based training in areas that are critical to the functioning of a League.  The Association of Junior Leagues also puts on what is called webinar Wednesdays that cover a vast array of topics and are free for members to take part in virtually.

The Junior League of Hartford is able to afford to offer our members training and development opportunities, as well as provide financial resources along with human capital to our many community partners through our fundraising efforts.  One of the main fundraising events we host every year is our mission focused fundraiser called Volunteer-A-Thon.  During Volunteer-A-Thon our members volunteer 26.2 hours straight while fundraising to support our mission.  This is personally one of my favorite events of the year!  Two years back during Volunteer-A-Thon I had the privilege to spend the day in a second grade classroom through a partnership with Junior Achievement to teach the students all about community.  Getting to work with the kids and see their faces throughout the day as we learned about finances and community through games, songs, and projects was amazing and an experience I will never forget.

The Junior League of Hartford every three years hosts our largest fundraiser Show House.  We will be hosting our 15th decorator Show House in Spring 2022!  Show House is a one of a kind event in which the Junior League of Hartford takes over a home in the Greater Hartford Area.  We have designers come in to completely redesign and reimagine the space.  The home is then opened up to the public for tours to showcase the designer’s creativity.  We hope to see you in Spring 2022!

Not only does the Junior League of Hartford do so much in our community, but our members form lifelong friendships and create a supportive and collaborative network of women.  I invite you to explore our website to learn more about becoming a member, our community partners, or donate to support the Junior League of Hartford in promoting our mission.

If you are interested in following along with the work the Junior League of Hartford is doing in the community follow us on our Facebook page or Instagram.

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Hartford!

The Junior League of Hartford was founded in 1921 by Elinor Ingersoll and a group of women dedicated to advancing women leadership while advancing the communities in which they lived and served. As the Junior League of Hartford enters its Centennial year that goal has never faltered. The Junior League of Hartford’s mission is promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Members of the Junior League are catalysts for change. The Junior League of Hartford is a part of 155,000 members across 293 leagues spanning four countries through the Association of Junior Leagues International. The impact Junior League members have had since the founding of the first Junior League in New York City by Mary Harriman in 1901 has been significant and continues to leave a lasting impression in the communities in which the Junior League serves.

The Junior League of Hartford has made great strides over the past 100 years in the Greater Hartford community. The first project the Junior League of Hartford undertook in the 1920s was to create the first Maternal Milk Station in the Greater Hartford area in collaboration with the Visiting Nurse Association of Hartford. The impact areas of the Junior League of Hartford has changed over the years to meet the growing and changing needs of the community. In the 1930s the focus was on growing the potential of children. At that time the Junior League of Hartford created Children’s Theatre Workshops, the East Side Pre-School Program, South-End Day Nursery, and “The Story Lady” children’s radio program. In the early 2000s it was ending hunger in which the Junior League of Hartford established Freshplace through a collaboration with Foodshare and the Chrysallis Center. As well as, starting Super Sustainer with Loaves and Fishes Ministries Soup Kitchen, which continues on today.

The Junior League of Hartford’s current impact area is Empowering Women & Girls to Overcome Obstacles. From 2014 to 2019 the Junior League of Hartford partnered with Junior Achievement of SWNE to develop a new program called Career Connections for Young Women in which it helps to empower high school girls in the Greater Hartford Area to expand their knowledge on financial responsibility, professional goals, and career aspirations.

Last year, the Junior League of Hartford kicked off it’s initial year partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford on their Smart Girls Program. The Smart Girls Program helps young women develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a healthy lifestyle, healthy relationships, mental health, and self-esteem. The Junior League of Hartford is excited to kick off the second year of our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.

The Junior League of Hartford partners with many other organizations like My Sisters Place, Interval House, the Chyrsallis Center, the Children’s Museum, Project Linus, Love146, and many more through various Done In a Day (DIAD) projects. DIAD projects are one day volunteer opportunities in which we partner with a local organization to provide some extra women power! These opportunities allow us to utilize our membership to provide short-term support for other area non-profits, with an emphasis on the Junior League of Hartford mission.

One of the main pillars of the Junior League is developing the potential of women. The Junior League of Hartford advances this pillar by providing training opportunities for our membership. The Junior League of Hartford is gearing up for our first year implementing a new Training Certificate Program in which our members will have the opportunity to choose from five Certificate Programs that will focus on five skill set areas including an added focus on diversity and inclusion. We look forward to offering our members this amazing opportunity to grow and develop their leadership, communication, and other skill set areas with the League.

The Junior League of Hartford further takes part in The Association of Junior Leagues training opportunities by making available to select members, at no cost, the opportunity to travel to an Organizational Development Institutes or ODI for short. ODI provides Junior League members with mission-based training in areas that are critical to the functioning of a League. The Association of Junior Leagues also puts on what is called webinar Wednesdays that cover a vast array of topics and are free for members to take part in virtually.

The Junior League of Hartford is able to afford to offer our members training and development opportunities, as well as provide financial resources along with human capital to our many community partners through our fundraising efforts. One of the main fundraising events we host every year is our mission focused fundraiser called Volunteer-A-Thon. During Volunteer-A-Thon our members volunteer 26.2 hours straight while fundraising to support our mission. This is personally one of my favorite events of the year! Two years back during Volunteer-A-Thon I had the privilege to spend the day in a second grade classroom through a partnership with Junior Achievement to teach the students all about community. Getting to work with the kids and see their faces throughout the day as we learned about finances and community through games, songs, and projects was amazing and an experience I will never forget.

The Junior League of Hartford every three years hosts our largest fundraiser Show House. We will be hosting our 15th decorator Show House in Spring 2022! Show House is a one of a kind event in which the Junior League of Hartford takes over a home in the Greater Hartford Area. We have designers come in to completely redesign and reimagine the space. The home is then opened up to the public for tours to showcase the designer’s creativity. We hope to see you in Spring 2022!

Not only does the Junior League of Hartford do so much in our community, but our members form lifelong friendships and create a supportive and collaborative network of women. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about becoming a member, our community partners, or donate to support the Junior League of Hartford in promoting our mission.

If you are interested in following along with the work the Junior League of Hartford is doing in the community follow us on our Facebook page or Instagram.

Sincerely,
Jessica Pieri
Junior League of Hartford President 2020-2021