A Message From Our President

Cara Derounian headshotWelcome!

The Junior League of Greensboro (JLG) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We welcome all women who value our mission, and we are committed to the good of our wonderful city. We join with over 125,000 women in 290 other Junior Leagues as we all work to make our cities better through the power of women serving together.

Thousands of women over the past 92 years have committed their time, talents, and treasure to making Greensboro a better place. Evidences of this abound – from the creation of 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 $3,00,000 to local area nonprofits and contributed countless hours to the community.

This year is our last year focusing on the issue of Aging and we are proud to be the first Junior League to work specifically on this important issue. Alongside community partners, and through our own initiatives, we want to learn more and care for aging members of our community, many who struggle with transportation, housing challenges to aging in place, nutrition, and isolation. This is an especially impactful area for women, who are more likely to be caregivers for elderly parents or relatives.

We will continue to focus on training women to be community leaders through educational opportunities, speakers, and service projects. Many charities measure their outputs in terms of number of meals provided or items contributed, and we do too, but the Junior League of Greensboro’s main product or legacy is our people. We improve the community each year, and 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. League members go on to serve our communities for years, investing in a variety of projects and areas that meet local needs and their specific areas of interest.

This year, we will find creative ways to work with our community partners and use technology as necessary to be together  We will continue to raise funding to support our mission through events like Touch A Truck and the Women’s Leadership Summit and through fundraisers like the Bargain Box (our wonderful thrift shop), Annual Fund, and Day of Giving.

Thank you for your interest in our organization. We invite you to join us 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

These are challenging times, but League leaders have faced many challenging times in the past – from a World War to polio to civil unrest.  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, to one another, and to hope – it’s an incredibly powerful gift.

We are better together!

Cara Derounian

President, 2020-2021