MembershipThe Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. (JLP) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLP reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
Founded in 1912, the JLP has contributed more than 5 million dollars and 6 million volunteer hours to the Greater Philadelphia region in our 100-year history. The impact of JLP volunteer efforts in the community has been widespread and diverse. We invite you to learn more about the JLP and to consider becoming a member.
Interested in becoming a JLP member? Prospective members must be women who are at least 19 years old and reside in Philadelphia County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Chester County, PA; Camden County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; or Gloucester County, NJ.
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Become a Provisional Member
Provisional members are those members of the League who are engaged in training to prepare for effective community and League involvement and who have not yet been admitted to active membership. Provisional members shall be eligible to vote at the Voting Meeting only if they are present at the meeting. Should a Provisional member fail to complete her requirements by the end of the League year, her Voting Meeting ballot will be voided. Provisionals are not eligible to hold office or vote at General Membership Meetings other than the Voting Meeting. View the requirements...
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Provisional Kick-Off Took Place on September 8, 2012, at the Radisson Warwick in Center City, Philadelphia
The Provisional Committee had an exciting and activity-filled fall. On Saturday, October 13, we kicked off our Provisional Community Project at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse in Fairmount Park. It was the first of seven Saturday events that the Provisional class will be organizing at Smith to continue the League’s long-standing partnership with this great community organization. Each Smith Saturday will be planned and executed by one of the Provisional groups. Thanks to Kristin Allen and her Provisionals, the October 13 event was a great success. The date coincided with Nickelodeon's ‘Worldwide Day of Play’; there were outdoor games including soccer, lawn bowling, hula hoops, and an obstacle course as well as indoor fall-themed crafts such as decorating pumpkins and making photo frames that resembled apples.
On Saturday, October 20, Sustainers and Provisionals came together for their annual bus tour. Four Sustainers, Bobbie Cameron, Nancy Hebard, Maureen Luke, and Betsy Mallon, narrated the tour. Stops included Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, and the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The tour bus also drove past Belmont Mansion, Sweetbriar Mansion, and the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall. Through Sustainer narration and guides at the stops, Provisionals were able to learn about the work that the League has done and continues to do in the City of Philadelphia. Provisional Sarah Steinberg commented, “Not only was the bus tour an excellent opportunity to get to know other Provisionals, it was also a great way to explore Fairmount Park and better understand how the JLP has contributed to the park’s community and its organizations. As a life-long native of the Philadelphia area, I got to see areas of the city that I never knew existed.” After the conclusion of the bus tour, Provisional Jasmine Williams remarked, “What a great experience to explore some of Philadelphia's secret spaces and discover the Junior League’s contributions.” Members truly enjoyed a great day.
Advisors have also been busy planning socials. One feature the committee will be offering this year is a Provisional-wide social each month, available by sign-up on the website. On September 25, Provisional Advisors Casey Breslin and Kelsey Poole co-hosted a happy hour at Oyster House, which was a fun and easy way for Provisionals across groups to meet. In November, Lisa Pia organized a social at Aneu Bistro in Berwyn. In December, Jennifer Hall organized one at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Provisional Committee is proud to have recruited 103 Provisional members this year. One of the committee’s primary objectives this year is retaining new members. By offering a meaningful and enriching program, the committee hopes that the Provisionals will come to see the JLP as a staple part of their lives. The committee welcomes feedback from Provisionals and Provisional Advisors as the year continues to unfold.