President's Message

A Message from Sieglinde Pylypchuk, Junior League of Morristown President 2020-2021

Trained volunteers.

Committed.

Dedicated.

Women.

Leaders.

Catalysts for change.

These words, and many more, describe the Junior League of Morristown volunteers. We are an inspiring team of women, committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. We are catalysts for lasting community change.

2021 will mark our 85th anniversary. That’s 85 years of women working tirelessly to improve our community for the better. We have certainly left our mark.  

And we continue to leave our mark. Our Making Healthy Choices program, in partnership with Interfaith Food Pantry, helps address obesity and food insecurity by teaching children simple, affordable, healthy recipes, among other activities.

Over the years, our Scholarship Program has awarded over $220,000 to high school seniors that have exhibited a true commitment to voluntarism, to women over 40 years of age who have returned to school to further their education, and to a post-secondary education assistance grant (created in 2019) to help high school seniors have the resources to access the next step in their education.

We’ve supported other non-profits through our Community Grants Program - awarding grants to Grow It Green Morristown ($1,000) and to Nourish.NJ ($8,160) in 2020 to help those organizations better serve our community.

The JLM has raised over $70,000 through our Little Black Dress Initiative since 2016 which has helped make all these achievements possible. But, perhaps more importantly, we’ve raised awareness. JLM members have committed to wearing the same black dress for 5 days in a row. Wearing an “Ask Me About My Dress” button helps open a conversation about the struggles of our community members living in invisible poverty.

The Junior League of Morristown has so much to be proud of. And what I am most proud of is our members and their true and unwavering commitment to our community.

Mister Rogers is credited as saying:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”.

COVID19 and the global pandemic has very quickly created a challenging world. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing, lines at food pantries are blocks-long, and our community is under ever increasing strain.

But when you look for the helpers, the JLM and its membership is there.

Through our JLM Helps Campaign, we are donating goods and dollars to a variety of community partners to support them as they face overwhelming demand. As of May 2020, we’ve provided nearly $8,000 in assistance through JLM Helps.

Our members have rolled up their sleeves, too. There are JLM members behind many community, business, and healthcare support efforts. Everything from supporting small businesses, to providing regular meals and tokens of appreciation to health care workers on the front lines, to sewing masks, donating food, sending cheerful cards to isolated people, and much more - all have a JLMer behind the scenes.

I feel so fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization of women. Women who have been trained to lead and are driving forces in our community.

Through this crisis, through future crises, and through the good times; the JLM will be training volunteers, supporting our community partners, and making a lasting change in our community. We will continue to build on our strong legacy.