President's Message

A Message from the Junior League of Morristown President 2014-2015

Welcome! Our League — the Junior League of Morristown (JLM) — is an organization of vibrant, talented women committed to giving back to their communities, advocating for change that improves the lives of New Jersey’s women and children, and making lasting social and professional connections. The JLM is a 501(c)3 organization, and is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which includes 292 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain and all of the members those leagues encompass, all working as catalysts for lasting change in their local communities.

Since its founding in 1936, the JLM has promoted voluntarism, developed the potential of women and helped to improve the Morris area community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our current membership exceeds 300 provisional, active and sustaining members from Morris, Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Essex, and Warren counties.

Currently, our volunteers are improving the community through the following initiatives:

  • Children Making Healthy Choices – JLM’s signature project, Children Making Healthy Choices, is a community project in partnership with the Interfaith Food Pantry, and is designed to address the burgeoning issue of childhood obesity
  • Nearly New Shop – JLM's consignment store, the Nearly New Shop, is a resale and consignment store in the heart of Morristown serving the community for over 50 years
  • Voluntarism Scholarship Program – JLM's Voluntarism Scholarship Program, which has awarded over 131 Scholarships totaling over $202,500 to High School Seniors and Women Moving Forward
  • Community Partner Projects – Charitable events with over twenty community partners including Cornerstone Family Programs, Daytop Village, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, NJ Coalitional Against Human Trafficking, Hope House, The Morris Museum, and many more 

We also have a busy slate of fun membership events and exciting fundraisers planned:

  • New Member Wine & Cheese – For those women interested in membership, please come to a Wine & Cheese event to learn more about this incredible organization and talk to the women who make it work and can share their experiences! For more information, click here
  • Annual Sustainer Luncheon – For our Sustaining members, this annual event provides our members an opportunity to socialize and learn about current League topics and issues
  • Off to the Races – Our fall fundraiser is a cocktail party and silent auction and will be held at the Kellogg Club’s Colles Mansion in Morristown on October 17. Open to the general public. For more information, click here
  • JLM Holiday Party – For our Active and Sustaining members, the JLM Holiday Party is a chance to get together with all members and relax and celebrate our accomplishments!
  • 14th Annual Lunch with the Authors – Our annual spring fundraiser is a luncheon and an opportunity to meet and hear from popular fiction authors. This event will be held at Fiddler's Elbow Country club in Bedminster on May 8. Open to the general public. 
  • Run It: A Family Fun Run & Fitness Event – This event will be held at Frelinghuysen Middle School, Lower Fields, Morris Township on May 16. Open to the general public.

As a member since 2004, I am so proud to be part of the Junior League of Morristown.  This is truly a wonderful organization that does so much good for our local community.  As you can see, we have another busy year for 2014-2015 planned.  We encourage you join us!

If you have questions, comments or would like more information about the JLM, please contact us at membership@jlmnj.org or 973-539-2266. 


Sincerely yours,

Sandy St. Jacques
2014-2015 President
The Junior League of Morristown

 

Community Outreach - Personal Growth

A 19 year old debutant from New York City decided to make a difference after spending time in "Hell's Kitchen" in 1901. In throwing proper protocol of the social elite aside, Mary Harriman implored several of her high-society friends to get their white gloves dirty and put their skills, experiences, and connections together in an effort to make a difference within the poor, disadvantaged communities that existed ‘just around the corner'. Thus the Junior League was founded! Before long, Mary Harriman and her "league" had inspired other groups of volunteers to continually develop and implement ways of improving communities throughout the country. Today, we are an international organization under the guidance of the Association of Junior Leagues International - 296 leagues strong in four countries (US, Great Britain, Mexico, Canada).

The Junior League of Morristown (JLM) has been representing our founder's philosophy since 1936. We have been a collaborating partner with countless organizations throughout the Morris and Somerset Counties for over 70 years. Our mission of training volunteers and developing the potential of women to make the best impact possible on the community continues to appeal to strong women who respect our tradition yet recognize our adaptation to the world we now live in. The JLM provides a unique and supportive environment that allows women of all ages, all skills / experiences, all stages of life, all backgrounds, etc. to connect through the purpose of volunteering while also promoting personal growth in areas that they may not be able to attain through other aspects of their lives. The power of this organization lies within our volunteers and their desire to create positive change. Each member contributes a significant thread to the overall fabric that meshes this League together.

We contribute countless hours of volunteer service as well as in-kind and financial support to several community organizations and programs. We award annual scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to voluntarism as well as an "Over 40" scholarship to a deserving woman who has decided to return to her education. This year our signature project, entitled "Adopt a Grandparent" will focus on the increasing population of our homebound senior citizens. We will collaborate with other non-profit agencies to provide companionship and other types of programming for these residents. All our community endeavors demonstrate our outreach focus on improving the lives of women and children at risk. Our fundraising efforts such as Lunch with the Authors and our Nearly New Shop attempt to raise revenue as well as awareness to support our projects and initiatives. Please view our website further to learn more about our programs and opportunities.

The Junior League of Morristown, Inc. gives a special thanks to all our community partners, corporate donors, and specials friends who contribute to and encourage us to carry on the legacy of Mary Harriman.

Most sincerely,

Megan Schubiger
President 2007-2008