President’s Message


I am honored and privileged to serve as the President of the Junior League of Philadelphia for the 2018-2019 year.

We are a non-profit organization operated by our all-women volunteer membership. Since 1912, we have proudly served the Philadelphia community and our members. We are also part of a powerful network of 292 Junior Leagues with over 150,000 members in four countries. All Leagues share our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our communities.

With our mission to improve the community, our current focus is 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, 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
  • Distributing fresh produce to those in need

I am proud to share with you that in April 2017, as part of our Centennial Celebration, we awarded grants totaling $135,000 to five nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region for projects that aligned with our FEED programming.

Would you like to help us by becoming a member? 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. Please consider joining our 800 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.

Help us improve the Philadelphia community. 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. Please visit our newly renovated Junior League of Philadelphia Thrift Shop on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, PA and consider making an in-kind donation.

Thank you for your interest in our organization and our mission and work. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us.

Warmest regards,

Meredith W. Nissen

President, 2018-2019