President’s Message

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Hello and welcome! I’m so glad you are here. I’m incredibly honored and excited to serve as President of the Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP) for the 2021-2022 year, thankful for the incredible leadership that has brought our historic organization to this point, and for the leadership that has answered the call to serve in this, our 109th year.

The JLP is a non-profit organization founded in 1912 and focused on the development and training of women. Our organization is over 750 volunteer members strong and welcomes women of all ages and backgrounds. We are a part of an international group of over 290 Junior Leagues with more than 150,000 members in four countries. All Junior Leagues are united in a shared mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our communities.

While it has been a challenging year, we have many highlights to report and build on for the coming year. We have worked hard to continue serving our community and our membership during the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, packing 3,195 boxes of food, administering over 200 vaccines at health fair events, holding over 23 member trainings, and exceeding one fundraising goal by over 30% to be given in grants to two of our community partners from June 2020 to April 2021. We also continue to make strides in increasing the diversity and inclusion of the JLP by adding the Chair and Chair-Elect to our Board and Management Council respectively. I’m additionally delighted to report that our incredible Thrift Shop was recently recognized with a Best of Ardmore Award, and we also won awards for our community work from both the Association of Junior Leagues International and one of our community partners, After School All Stars.

Our community impact focus, the Apple A Day Healthy Living Initiative ™ (Apple A Day), continues this year into its ninth. Apple A Day strives to build a healthier and happier Philadelphia region by fighting food insecurity and encouraging healthy eating and living. Our community committees have focused their work on supporting healthy food box packing and distribution, organizing community health fairs, providing the training and recipes for trained volunteers to work with children in after-school nutrition workshops, and putting on pop-up volunteer events all over the region. I invite you to read more about Apple A Day and food insecurity in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

We would not be able to do all that we do in the absence of support from members and donors. Please consider supporting us – there are several ways to do so. If you are a woman looking to develop your leadership skills, connect with an incredible network of women, and make a difference in the community, then we welcome you to join our wonderful organization! Please learn more about our New Member program, which kicks off each September after informational events held throughout the summer.
In the event that you do not wish to or are unable to join us as a member, please consider supporting our initiatives. This support is vital to our success as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, and takes many forms, from making a donation to our Annual Fund becoming a corporate sponsor, attending a JLP fundraising event, or visiting our Thrift Shop and/or making an in-kind donation.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in and support of us! Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, or thoughts at jlphiladelphia.org.

With warm and kind regards,

Kira Bryers
President, 2021-2022