The Junior League of San Jose has proudly been on the forefront of identifying and addressing emerging community issues for 50 years. As a nonprofit organization of women, JLSJ is committed to improving the lives of those with the greatest need in San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area. We are an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Since 1967, the Junior League of San Jose has identified underserved needs in our community, developed solutions to meet those needs, and created positive change throughout our community. The impact of JLSJ is the direct result of the dedication of our members who serve both within the League and throughout our community.
We are united by our interest in “Building a Better Community,” and the League is structured to provide our members with training and education to both maximize their contributions to our Mission and to extend that service into their professional and charitable endeavors. League members serve on numerous boards and coalitions as well as lead a variety of business, civic and nonprofit organizations.
We are fortunate to have a passionate and diverse membership of women and we are proud to be part of their development in becoming leaders, visionaries and change agents of tomorrow. The Junior League of San Jose embraces diverse perspectives, builds partnerships and inspires shared solutions in our community.
This is a really big year for us!! We will be implementing our new focus area. Our New Community Program Statement is: The Junior League of San Jose is dedicated to helping Foster Youth successfully transition out of foster care. I look forward to watching our new focus area embraced as we move forward into this new phase of involvement with our community.
We also have a new fundraiser. We sunsetted our Fashion Show in high style in the spring of 2016. Our goal was to go out with a bang as we voted in a less labor intensive and financially efficient fundraiser starting in 2018. The event fundraiser we voted on as a League is our new Derby Watching Party and we are very excited for our inaugural event!! We also have our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon which celebrates and recognizes individual volunteers in our community who have generously given their time, energy and skills to improve the lives of others in Santa Clara County. More than 500 community members attend this heart-warming event every year. We honor those who work to make positive change in their communities, striving for the greater good and leaving a priceless legacy.
All of these things would not be possible without the financial support of our members and our community partners. I am proud that so many people and organizations join me in championing our Mission in ways that are meaningful to each donor, such as underwriting support; donations to our fundraisers, corporate matching funds and Endowment Fund gifts. I extend a sincere “thank you” to each and every one of our donors for their continued support of our Mission.
I am so proud to be working with such an amazing group of intelligent, creative and hardworking women in furthering our Mission. I consider it a privilege to be a volunteer working alongside each of you and it’s an honor to be the Junior League of San Jose’s 51st President!!
In Community Spirit,
2017-2018 President, Junior League of San Jose