President's Message

A Message from the Junior League of Morristown President 2018-2019

 

                                                                                                                                    

Hello! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the Junior League of Morristown (JLM). We are an unstoppable, dynamic, committed group of trained women volunteers making an impact in our school, arts, social service, and legislative communities. JLM has been impacting change in the Morristown community for more than 80 years. Click here to see the ways JLM has helped shape our community.

Our 250+ members reflect our values of respect, leadership, service, collaboration, community, diversity, transparency, and empowerment. Our work with community partners allows members to affect change with their inherent skills and encourages them to receive training in new and interesting areas. Together, we strive to make productive change within our community. Ready to join? Click here for information about becoming a member.

We focus on the health and needs of underserved teens in our area through developing plans with our community partners to ensure access to education, food, and programming that results in skills for a positive lifestyle. Our members support a number of initiatives in our community every year with their leadership and time. These initiatives include:

  • Children Making Healthy Choices - A community project in partnership with the Interfaith Food Pantry and Daytop Village, it is designed to address the issue of obesity and food insecurity.  We were proud to be awarded the 2017 Neighbors Helping Neighbors award from Interfaith Food Pantry.
  • Voluntarism Scholarship Program JLM has awarded more than 135 scholarships, totaling more than $215,000, to high school seniors, and to women aged 40 years and older who go back to school.
  • Community Grants Program – JLM grants further our ability to make an impact in our focus area through supporting community partners who align with our vision, mission, and focus area.
  • Community Partner Projects We support charitable events with 20+ community partners, including Cornerstone Family Programs, Daytop Village, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, NJ Coalitional Against Human Trafficking, Homeless Solutions, The Morris Museum, Visions & Pathways, Roots & Wings and many more.

In addition to our volunteer hours, we host several events throughout the year for our members and our friends in the community. This year will be our 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative. Participants wear one black dress for five consecutive days with a button that urges others to “Ask Me About My Dress.” Follow us on Facebook to learn more about this event and our members’ passion to help our community understand the unspoken impacts of poverty. 

Our 18th Annual Lunch with the Authors event will be in May of 2019. This daytime fundraiser is always a sold-out lunch event where attendees can hear from some of the latest, top-selling authors over lunch. All proceeds go directly back to the Junior League of Morristown to fund our mission, including various community programs and scholarships. Bring your book club, your friends, and your co-workers!

We are proud to continue the strong tradition of community collaboration to affect change that started in 1936. We always welcome new community partners and new members. We would love to hear from you. You can email me directly at president@jlmnj.org

Thank you for visiting our page. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our local events!

Jennifer Thackery, President
Junior League of Morristown