President’s Message

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I’m honored to serve as President of the Junior League of Philadelphia for our 2016-2017 year, the 105th since our founding in 1912.

We are a women’s volunteer organization, one of 291 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Across the country and the world, all Junior Leagues are committed to three tenets that guide our work: promoting voluntarism, training women leaders, and improving communities. Shirley Temple Black, Julia Child, Katherine Hepburn, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Eleanor Roosevelt—along with many other women who have made history—were all Junior League members.

Are you keen to understand what we do? Through both training programs and experiential opportunities, our members learn to volunteer, develop partnerships, communicate, fundraise, network, and serve on Boards. In short, we equip women to lead in all areas of their lives. We also improve our community. Right now there are 500,000 Philadelphians who receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The Junior League of Philadelphia works to improve food security in Philadelphia through our FEED programming – Facilitating increased access to fresh produce, Educating children and adults to experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living, Empowering individuals to become advocates for their own health, and Distributing fresh produce to those in need.

Are you able and willing to support us? We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and we need your help to fulfill our Mission. By making a contribution of your time or your resources, your partnership with our organization and our members is solidified. In addition to welcoming you to volunteer with us, we appreciate outright gifts, corporate sponsorships, and gifts-in- kind, especially at our award-winning Junior League of Philadelphia Thrift Shop on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, PA.

Are you considering joining us? Initiating your membership in the Junior League will be one of the best decisions you make. Since becoming a member in 2003, I have been rewarded time and again with growth as a professional and person, purpose in helping build a stronger Philadelphia, and lasting friendships with smart, accomplished, and inspiring women. If you 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.

I invite you to join me and more than 825 other Junior League of Philadelphia members as an advocate for our Mission, a sponsor of our programs, or a member in our organization.

Warmest regards,

Elizabeth Kolb Farr

President, 2016-2017