About Us

Mission Statement

The Junior League of Worcester 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The women of the Junior League of Worcester will work through involvement with our community to improve and enrich the quality of life of women and children.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The founder of The Junior League, Mary Harriman, believed that we all bear the responsibility to learn about the world around us in order to be more effective in our desire to improve it. That we should really try to understand the “why” behind something, not just superficially give it lip service.

The Junior League of Worcester welcomes all who identify as female to become league members and welcomes all who value our Mission to support our community initiatives and get more involved locally. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment of diverse individuals and organizations here in Worcester county.

As we strive within our organization to live up to our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we honor and celebrate the struggles, the history and the leaders of our multifaceted world.

History

Since 1925, the Junior League of Worcester has continued to grow by improving and enriching the quality of life for women and children. Through a shared mission, league members work to make a difference through individual and collaborative efforts. The JLW has committed itself to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the leadership and effective action of trained volunteers. We have worked collaboratively with more than 125 area organizations and have touched the lives of thousands of individuals throughout our history. While times have changed, our members still donate their time, energies and financial means to promote positive change and to secure a bright future for our city.

We are focused on:

Voluntarism and community service: The Junior League of Worcester focuses on creating positive change in our community. We do this by inspiring ourselves and those around us to bravely address the most pressing issues facing our citizens. Whether it is working with young girls to give them tools to deal with peer pressure and educational challenges or working with women transitioning out of shelters into a new life, The women of The Junior League of Worcester are always looking at ways to provide lasting, practical and sustainable solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

Community Development: The Junior League of Worcester has worked tirelessly over the years to create positive change in the community. Often times, we do this by partnering with other non profits in our area. We provide trained volunteers who can step in and help fill any resource gaps so that we all contribute to a better future for our city and its citizens.

Professional Development and Training: Here at The Junior League of Worcester, we develop the next generation of female civic leaders. We inspire our members to be the spark in our community and create change. We do this but providing not only hands-on training on how to manage a non profit and design impactful programs, but also by giving our members the very best education on community issues and best practices for community leadership. As part of the AJLI, our members have access to some of the greatest minds in philanthropy today and can network with thought leaders and other junior league members from across the globe. Together, we inspire and empower one another to continue to be the change that is needed in our community.

Lifelong Connections: When we ask our members what they love most about being part of The Junior League of Worcester, we invariably hear that along with doing amazing work that improves the lives of women and children, the friendships made here last a lifetime. Our membership is diverse, but one thing binds us all together…we are women who love the community and love to helping other women be all that they can be. Working together on a project, a fundraiser or even  just chatting before one of our general meetings will give you a chance to meet like minded women who just might be your next best friend!

2020-2021 Board of Directors

As the 2020-2021 JLW league year comes to an end, we thank our beloved Board of Directors for all their efforts to keep us going through a challenging and fully virtual year.  With the new league year beginning in September 2021, we look forward to all that’s to come with our new board of directors.  Until then, a huge thank you to this year’s board.