Fact Sheet

Mission

The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. (JLP) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Contributions to the Greater Philadelphia Area

The Junior League of Philadelphia is committed to addressing the many aspects of health and wellness in underserved communities in the Greater Philadelphia area. The JLP has approximately 900 trained volunteers who contribute more than 75,000 hours of service per year worth an estimated $1.5 million annually. More than 20 committees support the community needs of the Greater Philadelphia area as well as the institutional needs of the organization.

Community Programs

Since 1912, the Junior League of Philadelphia has led or engaged in programs that change lives. Whether it’s creating community gardens or providing nutritious meals to families in need, the Junior League offers women an opportunity to make meaningful change happen. Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among major U.S. cities, and an estimated one in five Philadelphians experiences food insecurity.1 From 2015-2017, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area reported an average percentage of food insecure people of 11.3 percent. The average percentage of food insecure children in the area was 16.3 percent. The challenges in addressing food insecurity vary widely from city to suburbs; 60 percent of food insecure families live in a neighborhood with poor access to a large grocery store (compared to 25 percent food-insecure families in Philadelphia).2 The Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™ is the Junior League of Philadelphia’s response to this alarming community need.

The Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™ is a multi-tiered community initiative with the goal of creating a positive impact on the health and wellness of adults and children in the Greater Philadelphia area. Apple a Day programming encompasses both interactive educational curricula and a focus on increasing the region’s capacity to supply and distribute healthy food to families in need. Please download this brochure for more information on our Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™.

The Junior League F.E.E.D.s Philadelphia by Facilitating increased access to fresh produce, Educating children and adults to experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living through hands-on nutrition and exercise education programs, Empowering individuals to become advocates for their own health and well-being by providing free health and wellness screenings, and Distributing more than 3,500 pounds of fresh produce annually in areas classified as food deserts so that adults and children in our community will live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

In 2019-2020, the Junior League provided grants of $5,000 each to community partners Jewish Relief Agency and After School All Stars, in addition to $10,000 to the Vetri Community Partnership, all as part of its Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI). The Empowering You Health Fair committee held a health fair through collaboration with the Community Center at Visitation, hosting 288 guests from the surrounding community, and distributing 225 lbs. of fresh produce and 15 flu shots to attendees. The Food to Families committee bagged more than 28,647 lbs. of food, and the Done in A Day committee held 32 volunteer events, at which 198 volunteers total provided 78.5 average hours of service in the community per month. The Kids in The Kitchen committee facilitated programming for more than 400 children during 54 weeks of total programming at 9 schools in the area, during which participants learned to make and enjoyed 2,400 healthy meals and snacks.

Membership

JLP volunteers bring a vast array of talents and skills to their volunteer work. Approximately 81 percent of our volunteers are employed in a wide range of professions and industries, and 92 percent have been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. The JLP reaches out to all women and no woman is excluded from membership because of race, religion, national origin, or disability.

Training

The JLP believes that effective service is accomplished through the efforts of highly skilled and well-informed volunteers. All new volunteers are required to complete an intensive training course and thereafter choose from a wide range of training programs each year. Through these programs, volunteers acquire the skills, knowledge, and empowerment to effectively serve the community and the organization.

Operation

The JLP is led by a Board of Directors comprised of 10 volunteers who have served the JLP and the community with distinction. The President is the Chief Executive Officer and official spokesperson for the JLP. The JLP’s operations are primarily financed through membership dues and volunteer supported fundraising events. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the JLP welcomes your review of our Audited Financial Statements and IRS Form 990.

History

The JLP was founded in Philadelphia in 1912 and is a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) which is comprised of 291 Junior Leagues throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the U.K.

Learn More

For more information on the Junior League of Philadelphia and what we do, download this brochure.


  1. Feeding America 2019. Map the meal gap 2019: A report on county and congressional district food insecurity and county food cost in the United States in 2017. Retrieved from https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/2017-map-the-meal-gap-full.pdf