Founded in 1919, the Junior League of Buffalo reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. It is one of 296 Junior Leagues in four countries comprising the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. Junior League of Buffalo members will observe the 90th anniversary in the 2008 – 2009 League year by celebrating the remarkable impact the organization has made in Western New York through the development of women as leaders and support to the community.
The membership of the Junior League of Buffalo has elected to target its community efforts on projects that focus on “Female Heads of Households Living in Poverty.”
The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
“Reaching Out” Statement:
The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism.
At the Junior League of Buffalo, our community impact is focused on Families at Risk. It is from this focus area that all of our work grows. As an organization striving to improve everyday life, we have recently taken steps to increase our impact in the community, and streamline our volunteer efforts.
Female heads of households, living in poverty, face tremendous hurdles and are the face of poverty in Western New York. Two-thirds of families living in poverty in Western New York are headed by a single female. Many of these women and their families face health, education and self-esteem obstacles. By working to improve their economic situation, we are sure to create opportunities for tremendous growth and to help reduce the possibility of generational poverty.
The Junior League of Buffalo provides funding to other organizations in the WNY community to help further their mission. Community funding is provided through the bi-annual distribution of Decorators’ Show House proceeds, the annual distribution of several $1000 grants, and the annual distribution of two $1000 high school scholarships.
The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.