Welcome to the Junior League of Northern Westchester!
Welcome! The Junior League of Northern Westchester (JLNW) is proud to be entering its 61st year of service to the communities in Northern Westchester. We are a women’s volunteer organization committed to making positive effective changes in our community.
Currently our organization is focused on two key issues affecting our area, Food Insecurity and Human Trafficking. Two of our ongoing projects to battle food insecurity is our Backpack Buddy program that ensures children who receive food assistance during the week have food on the weekends as well. We also staff a mobile food pantry once a month that distributes fresh food to anyone who is in need. In addition to hunger and healthy eating we are working on Human Trafficking which has become an issue that has unfortunately become all too familiar in many cities and towns across the country. We are doing our part to raise awareness for this issue, researching how we can help with training of public servants to recognize and deal with human trafficking and do direct service with a group located in our area. Please look through out community impact area on our website for more information about this important issue.
This year marks the 34th year of Holiday Sharing drive. The Holiday Sharing (HSD) is JLNWʼs signature annual event. It delivers food, clothing and gifts to over 250 families, composed of more than 800 individuals during the holiday season. With the aid of community service organizations that partner with the JLNW, recipient families are identified and matched anonymously with donors. HSD raises public awareness of local poverty and hunger; promotes voluntarism by offering a volunteer opportunity for individuals, families, schools and scout troops, among others in our community; and improves the lives of those most in need in our community.
We are proud of the women who are members in our League. They are dedicated and passionate about all they do in and out of the League. JLNW offers training throughout the year to our members so that they may acquire new skills and hone ones they already have. As a result of the extensive training and education that takes place during their active volunteer years League members serve the Northern Westchester community in a variety of civic, nonprofit and business leadership roles.
In addition to training and volunteer opportunities we offer our members the chance to network within the organization and meet new people through social functions throughout the year. I am honored to be a part of the organization and acting as President of our League this year. I hope that you consider joining us in our mission to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improving our communities.
Samantha Johns, President 2014 - 2015