The Junior League of Rochester is a women’s training organization, dedicated to promoting voluntarism, improving communities, and developing the potential of women. The Rochester chapter was founded in 1933. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Local membership, worldwide impact
The Junior League of Rochester, Inc. (JLR) welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. We currently have over 220 active and sustaining members, and new members are welcomed every year. The JLR is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), a worldwide organization with more than 150,000 members in 291 leagues in four countries. Membership is transferable between individual leagues.
The JLR is committed to providing resources and programs to improve the lives of those who live in the Rochester area. The JLR believes by concentrating our volunteer efforts, we can increase the impact in our local community. Our focus is Family Self-sufficiency.
What We Do
Since its inception, the focus of the JLR has been on improving the lives of the women and children of Rochester. We continue to do that today through our signature project, the Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank (link to DB page), as well as supporting a variety of community organizations through various volunteer initiatives. The JLR has partnered recently with Sojourner Home, Chrysalis House, Cameron Community Ministries, The Center for Youth, Home Start Hope, Tempro, and many more! Click here to learn more about our current projects and partners. (Link to community impact section)
Training and development is what sets the Junior League apart from other volunteer organizations. We believe skilled and informed leaders have the highest impact on our community and strive to provide training opportunities to our members and community members as a whole. We provide members with monthly training opportunities through our General Membership Meetings, Committee Meetings and Board Meetings. Members also have the ability to attend local and national trainings, which enhance their personal and professional development. By serving as Committee Chairs and Board members, league members gain unique and valuable skills they may not have had the opportunity to gain anywhere else. Many members go on to sit on other boards and play active leadership roles within the Rochester community because of the learning, training and experience they received from being in the league.
To support our community development and training programs, the Junior League of Rochester conducts fundraising events throughout the year and an annual appeal, as well as works with corporate sponsors and offers a planned giving program. You can help support our fundraising efforts by making a donation here. The Junior League has also published two cookbooks, “Applehood & Motherpie” and “For Goodness Taste.” Available for purchase here.
The JLR is part of NYSPAC, New York State Public Affairs Committee, a coalition of 17 Leagues within New York State. As part of NYSPAC, we promote awareness before the State Legislature for issues related to the Junior League mission and that are important to our community. NYSPAC proudly represents over 7,500 women statewide.
The Junior League is responsible for the creation or development of many well-known community agencies:
- Rochester Toy Library
- YWCA Women’s Resource Center
- YWCA Working Wardrobe
- American Red Cross Bloodmobile
- Discovery Room at the George Eastman Museum
- CAP Book (Children Awaiting Parents)
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
- Community Service Sentencing
- Career Development Services
- The Community Wishbook
- Leadership Rochester
- Gilda’s Club Noogieland Family Program
- Sojourner House Employment & Computer Training Project
Empowering Women to Lead Since 1933
The Junior League of Rochester provides a variety of benefits and opportunities for members, including:
- Board and committee leadership
- Public Policy advocacy
- Social activities
- Local and national trainings