As one of the oldest Junior League chapters in the world, the Junior League of Hartford (JLH) was established in 1921 and has over 300 women aligned with a mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of our trained volunteers. Importantly, we are not just women in Greater Hartford, but a women’s organization affiliated with the Associate of Junior Leagues International, an organization of over 150k members across nearly 300 Leagues spanning 4 countries.
Our JLH members are leaders inside and outside of the League. Some of our members are Connecticut natives while others (like me) made Greater Hartford our home in adulthood. We come together, representing a range of life experiences, talents, skills, and – together – support our League, community organizations, and each other. As we are emerging from a year of incredible societal impact, there is no doubt we will face a range of obstacles to challenge us to realize our potential as an organization and as leaders. Plus, we are celebrating our 100th year of service in Greater Hartford – there is much opportunity ahead!
We are in the midst of planning our 15th Decorator’s Show House, which is our League’s largest fundraiser. Funds raised from this event are distributed into the community across various community partners like our alignment with Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s SMART Girls Program, a program dedicated to helping young women develop the skills and knowledge necessary for healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships, mental health, and improved self-esteem.
Our League partners with many other notable community organizations such as My Sisters Place, Interval House, the Chrysalis Center, The Children’s Museum, Project Linus, Love146, Leadership Greater Hartford, Loaves & Fishes, and many others in one-off community impact projects where we give both our time and other resources. These community partnerships allow us the opportunity to give our members leadership experiences while leveraging members’ talent and skills by providing short-term support to other area non-profits. Plus, along the way, our members form lifelong friendships and create a supportive and collaborative network of women.
I invite you to take action today and join me in supporting our network of inspiring women.
– To support our 501c3 organization, donate here.
– To fund community programs and the leadership development of women, partner with us as a corporate sponsor.
– To align with us as a community partner, please reach out to us to make a connection.
– To join us as a membership, please reach out to us.
We are excited for the year ahead and for the many contributions our members will make in the community to ensure our success for the next 100 years. Thank you!
Junior League of Hartford President 2021-2022