A Message From Our President
WELCOME and thank you for visiting our Junior League of Greensboro (JLG) Website!
First, let me say Happy 95th Anniversary to this great Junior League of Greensboro organization! As we begin this exciting new year, our focus will not only be to continue the great work of the amazing members before us, but most importantly to continue our mission of developing women leaders to create lasting community impact. I would like to provide some background on what this organization is and what it stands for, highlight some of the great work that has been accomplished over these past 94 years, and what’s ahead for the new year.
Our organization is comprised of dedicated, hardworking women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of all women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLG is part of a network of over 295 Junior Leagues in four countries, with over 125,000 collective women serving within the communities in which we live.
Over the past 94 years, thousands of women have committed their time, talent, and treasure to making Greensboro a better place to live. The reach of the JLG can be seen throughout our community – from support and/or creation of the Greensboro Science Center, the Gateway Education Center, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, and the Greensboro History Museum to the countless boards and commissions served by trained members of the League. The JLG has gifted over $3.5 million to local area nonprofits and contributed countless hours to the community.
The Bargain Box, the Junior League of Greensboro’s longest ongoing fundraiser, turned 75 last year! Donations from League members, as well as donations from the community, have played a big part in the success of The Bargain Box. In addition to monetary or material donations, active League members volunteer a minimum of three shifts at the Bargain Box each year. Not only does The Bargain Box serve our community as a thrift shop, it also partners with the Women’s Resource Center (as it has for the past 20 years). Each year, the WRC distributes over $30,000 worth of Bargain Box vouchers to women in the Greensboro community.
So, what’s ahead? Our continued focus will be on family and children. Working alongside our community partners, and through our own initiatives, we will continue to strive to improve the lives of families and children in our community. Our partners, Community Housing Solutions, Backpack Beginnings, and the Kellin Foundation, alongside our very own Kids in the Kitchen program, are all dedicated to this cause and strive to better the experience of our Greensboro residents by completing home repairs and preparations, offering healthy eating initiatives, distribute needed baby items and engaging the community.
The 12th annual Touch-A-Truck event (headline sponsor, Volvo Group North America) will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Touch-A-Truck, is an exciting family friendly festival that offers an interactive, hands-on learning opportunity for children and their families to experience and learn about the different types of vehicles that help protect, build and sustain our community.
In the Spring of 2023, our Signature Fundraiser will be held. This event enables the Junior League to continue to support our community partners and train our membership to be better leaders and volunteers, not only within the Junior League, but in their daily work and lives as well. The JLG Showhouse, our Signature Fundraiser, is an event where a home in Greensboro is transformed by designers, showcasing their talents. There will be tickets sold to tour the home and events to celebrate. If you are interested in partnering with us, please reach out.
Training women to become community leaders through educational opportunities, speakers, and service projects will also continue to be a main focus throughout this next year. Other organizations and charities measure their outputs and successes in terms of the numbers of meals provided or items contributed, and we do as well. However, the main product or legacy of the Junior League of Greensboro is our members! We improve the community each year, train more and more women to serve and lead into the future. One hundred percent of our members report their desire to be involved with charitable work for the rest of their lives. JLG members go on to serve our community for years, investing in a variety of projects and areas that meet local needs and their specific areas of interest.
As you can see, this is a wonderful organization and we invite all women who value our mission, women with a passion to change the Greensboro community to join the Junior League of Greensboro.
Again, thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and for your interest in our great organization. We invite you to connect with us and participate in making a positive impact on Greensboro in any or all of the following ways:
- Joining our membership
- Making a tax-deductible donation
- Donating clothing and housewares to our Bargain Box Thrift Shop
- Advertising in our Evergreene magazine
- Becoming a corporate sponsor
The value proposition of the Junior League remains as strong as ever – joining with other women who want to make our city a better place and growing as leaders alongside them. We are strong and resilient. We are committed to serving our community and to one another.
Respecting the past, preparing for the future!
Leigh Anne Bullin