President’s Note

Thank you for visiting the Junior League of the Palm Beaches! We are a nonprofit organization of over 750 trained women volunteers, and for over 78 years our members have been dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community.

Community-minded and forward thinking, our women bring their diverse life experiences and skills to the Junior League of the Palm Beaches for the common goal of impacting the community for a better tomorrow. Each woman begins her Junior League journey as a new member and participates in our year-long volunteer training program. The journey continues as she transforms herself and the community through the wholeness of effective action of trained volunteers. Our members are what makes our organization special.

The Junior League has a rich history of identifying unmet needs in our local area, developing programs with impactful outcomes, and forming community partnerships to achieve our goals.  In the 2017-2018 League year, our Done In A Day and Pink Palm programs partnered and provided direct support to many local charities including; Friends of Foster Children, Little Smiles, Hope House, Speak Up for Kids, Teen Mother Choices, Community Partners, Forgotten Soldiers, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Education Foundation, Back To School Bash, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Red Apple Supplies, United Way, PBA Children’s Symphony, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Special Olympics, Speak Up For Kids, and Friends of Foster Care Children.  Other community projects such as Nelle Smith, G.E.M.S. (Girl’s Empowering Mentoring Sessions), and Jr. M.I.NT.S (Mentoring, Inspiring, Nurturing, Teaching, Supporting) at the Boys & Girls Club serve as opportunities for our active members to mentor at-risk and foster care youth.

In addition to developing exceptionally qualified civic leaders, some of our most significant accomplishments over the years include founding the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, building the Fun Zone at Gaines Community Park, and starting Quantum House at St. Mary’s Hospital. In addition, two of our longest-running projects have created a lasting legacy in Palm Beach County: since 1968 we have been screening preschool aged children for vision and hearing problems; and our Cotillion program has been providing middle school students with instruction in manners, etiquette, and ballroom dancing since 1959.

The success of our programs is made possible by the generous support of our members and the community.  You are invited to attend the 10th Annual Deck the Palms Holiday Market at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on November 2-3, 2018. This event is free and open to the public and offers the opportunity to shop with over 130 diverse vendors in a convenient and central location – just in time for the holidays.  In the spring of 2019, JLPB will host our inaugural, “Golf Fore Foster Care: A 9, Wine & Dine Fundraiser,” raising funds to support our community projects.

Whether you are a member, a prospective member, or simply interested in learning more about the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, I invite you to explore our website and learn about our history, our impact on the Palm Beach County community, and opportunities to join our efforts.

Courtney Stafford Hickey
Junior League of the Palm Beaches, President