New York, NY, June 7, 2017 – The Association of Junior Leagues International(AJLI) today announced that the Junior League of Greenville, NC has become the newest League in the 116-year-old women’s volunteer organization, which has members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK.
Established in 2010 as the Junior Women’s Association of Greenville, the organization’s 115 members have since contributed over 7,000 volunteer hours to the community and helped raise over $160,000 for local organizations. In doing so, they have provided critical support to community projects, programs and partners that have brought about positive impact in the lives of women, children and families throughout Greenville and Pitt counties. Examples include Ronald McDonald House, RHA Howell Center, The Food Bank of ENC, The Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County, Habitat for Humanity, and Literacy Volunteers.
The Junior League of Greenville’s current focus area is combating hunger and food insecurity and helping to foster physical activity and healthy eating habits. One recent initiative was establishing a “Book Bag Buddies” program in a local high school to provide weekend meals and snacks for students from low-income families. The Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen program, which was launched in 2005 and is now in place in 200-plus Junior Leagues, will be a key element in the newest League’s work to promote health eating habits.
“We are honored to formally become part of The Junior League,” said Laura Mulkey, 2016-2017 League President. “Because Greenville’s growing importance as a corporate site attracts many newcomers, it will be exciting to have a Junior League in place in the community to which members from other Leagues can transfer.” Added Emily McLamb, VP of Communications, “We are looking forward to the opportunity to access resources and network with other Junior Leagues within the state, the nation and globally.”
Susan Danish, AJLI’s Executive Director, said, “The passionate commitment of our new members in Greenville to creating positive community impact demonstrates the enduring power of voluntarism as well as the powerful role that The Junior League plays—nearly 120 years after our founding by Mary Harriman—in the lives of communities around the world.”
About The Junior League
Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, The Junior League is an organization of transformational female leaders who set bold goals, open their circles, disrupt convention and change the conversation for the betterment of civil society. Today, there are Leagues across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
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