President’s Message

On behalf of The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc., I extend a warm welcome!

It is truly an honor to be able to serve as the President of the Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP) for the 2020-2021 year. Joined by a phenomenal team of leaders on our Board of Directors and Management Council, I look forward to the year ahead.

Founded in 1912, the JLP is non-profit organization dedicated to the development of women through volunteerism and training. Operated by a volunteer membership of 900+ women, of all ages and backgrounds, we are also part of a powerful network of 292 Junior Leagues with over 150,000 members in four countries. Despite differences in sizes and locations, all Leagues share our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our communities: this is our unique value proposition.

As we stand on the precipice of societal change, I am proud to be a member of the JLP, an organization with a storied legacy. For the last 108 years, we have dutifully served the Philadelphia community and our members. In the time since our founding, we have grown, shifting, and adapting along with society. As the current tide of change sweeps through, we intend to be at the forefront, and are endeavoring to embody our commitment to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations, and communities. Our mission focuses on the improvement of our community; we welcome all women who value our mission.

For the last eight years, we have dedicated our work in the community to improving food security through our Apple A Day Healthy Living Initiative™. The goal of the initiative is to create a positive impact on the health and wellness of adults and children in the Greater Philadelphia area. Research indicates that food insecurity is one of the city’s most pressing needs: 20% of Philadelphians are food insecure (Feeding America) and more than 60% are overweight or obese (CDC). As local families grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19, and rates of food insecurity skyrocket (Feeding America), our work around food security is increasingly important. Accordingly, we have redoubled our efforts: in May we distributed $20,000 in grant monies to community partners whose efforts align with our dedication to addressing food insecurity. We’ve also begun designing volunteer opportunities that permit our members to remain engaged in the community, while practicing appropriate social distancing. As has been the case for more than a century, we are committed to leveraging our resources and membership to effect real change.

The work that we do is made possible by contributions from members and donors. If you would like to support us and are a woman looking to develop or improve your leadership skills, make a positive impact on your community, and have fun with remarkable women while doing so, the Junior League is for you. Please consider joining our 900 members who share our mission. The New Member program starts every September and events where you can learn more about our organization take place in the summer each year.

If you are not able to become a member, but are interested in helping us achieve our goals, please consider becoming a donor. As a 501(c)3 organization, we rely on your support to fulfill our mission. You can help us with a gift to the Annual Fund, a corporate sponsorship, or attendance at a fundraiser. Alternatively, you can also support us by visiting the Junior League of Philadelphia Thrift Shop on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, PA or by making an in-kind donation.

Thank you for your interest in our organization, mission, and work. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at President@JLPhiladelphia.org.

Warmest regards,

Aronté Bennett

President, 2020-2021