The Junior League of the Palm Beaches, now celebrating its 80th anniversary, is a dynamic organization of women, dedicated to improving our community and developing our potential as civic leaders.
The original Junior League was founded in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman. Today, our parent organization, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., encompasses more than 125,000 women in over 295 Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
Here in Palm Beach County, our organization came to life in 1941 when fifteen community-minded women came together and formed what was then known as the Junior Welfare League. Over the years, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches has significantly contributed to the community. Our League stewardship and funding led to the creation of what is now the thriving South Florida Science Museum. Other major League projects have included the establishment and building of Quantum House and the Fun Zone play area in Gaines Park.
Today, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches has grown to include over 700 women committed to serving and improving the community. JLPB is involved in so many ways in the community, and our services and dedication were unimpeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our latest major community undertaking is our JLPB Period Poverty Supply Bank. Through a partnership with the Alliance for Period Supplies, we are working to alleviate period poverty in Palm Beach County. We continue to serve the community through our Eye and Ear Project, which was founded in 1950 to screen young children for vision and hearing issues. Our Kids in the Kitchen program focuses on educating children and their families about nutrition and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. We work with youth at the De George Boys and Girls Club and mentor young women. We host food drives and volunteer at food banks.
In 2021, we are excited to forge community partnerships and establish community programs in our new focus area of Literacy and Education.
We welcome all women who value our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities.
We hope you will consider joining the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.
Junior League of the Palm Beaches President