A Message From Our President

Welcome!

The Junior League of Greensboro has been a staple in the Greensboro community since 1926. The Junior League of Greensboro has had a hand in the creation of Gateway Education Center, the Greensboro Science Center, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Greensboro History Museum and much more.

Since 2016, the Junior League of Greensboro has focused community funding and volunteer effort on aging. Demographic projections show the percentage of the population in Greensboro age 65 and older will likely grow at faster rates than other age categories for many years in the future. While many adults are living longer, healthier lives, a large number need help with transportation, housing modifications, access to nutritious food, and continued social interaction.

A key part of our mission is developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League prioritizes leadership development and training. The JLG is a one of a kind organization. There are hundreds of non-profits and volunteer opportunities in Guilford County, but what you receive as a member of the JLG, that you are less likely to receive anywhere else, is focused training and women’s leadership development. JLG members learn to prepare agendas, take minutes, facilitate meetings, fundraise, analyze budgets, and manage teams and projects. If you commit to the process of being trained and developed, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and to make mistakes in this space, there will be no metric capable of measuring the massive return on your investment. We take the development of women seriously. The community reaps the benefits of a well-trained JLG volunteer that extends well beyond her years as an active member. A well-trained JLG volunteer is a gift that keeps on giving.To further our mission and impact in the community, we partner with a variety of community organizations.

Kids in the Kitchen is a favorite among members and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity by using hands-on curriculum that educates both parents and children on healthy eating choices. JLG volunteers teach children and their parents/guardians about the importance of eating healthy foods, involving them in the fight against childhood obesity.

Through our partnership with the Greensboro Farmer’s Market, we assist seniors experiencing financial difficulties with shopping for fresh food. Funds that we allocate help support a voucher system that enables aging adults to purchase the amount of food needed. Our volunteers help in the selection process and with carrying groceries to cars.

We also have a partnership with Community Housing Solutions. More than half of our homeowners are elderly or disabled, and their housing needs are ever changing. CHS and JLG volunteers provide accessibility modifications including access ramps, grab bars, levered door handles, and other modifications that allow homeowners to move through their homes safely and live in their homes longer.

We are continuing to provide funding for Parks for All People. The JLG recently celebrated the grand opening of the Pickle Ball Facility at the Smith Senior Center in the Fairview Park neighborhood. We partnered with UNCG and the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department on this project to better serve the aging community’s recreational and leisure preferences.

In order to give money to the community, we must raise money. We are so excited to be growing and hosting our 10thannual Touch a Truck Fundraiser at a new venue this Fall. Volvo, our presenting sponsor, will be hosting us on their campus. We are also excited to be partnering with Liberty Hardware in hosting our 10thannual Women’s Leadership Summit. We will be continuing with our Women to Watch leadership series and will also be raising awareness of poverty among our aging demographic through our Little Black Dress Initiative. Our thrift store (and longest ongoing fundraiser), the Bargain Box, serves to provide affordable clothing to those in need and to those who enjoy looking for a good deal! We have a special partnership with the Women’s Resource Center. We provide vouchers so that women who are reentering the workforce have a place to purchase affordable professional attire. The Bargain Box is located at 1410 Mill Street. Please visit us for great deals on clothing for men, women, and children. Visit the fundraising section of the website to learn more about how we raise money to fund our mission.

Thank you for visiting our website. Whether you are interested in becoming a member of the JLG or you are interested in learning more about who we are, please take some time to take our online historical tour and learn more about our mission and community impact.

 

Thank you!

Jenilee Fleetwood

President, 2019-2020