The following stories have been shared with us by members of the community as they reflect on how Junior League of Buffalo has made a difference to them.
“We are so thankful to the entire Junior League of Buffalo for supporting our mission these past few years and we hope to continue this amazing relationship for many more years to come!”
Marci, Mary and Liz and all the residents of BPH!!
Buffalo Peace House
May 2, 2018
“This year the Junior League of Buffalo will celebrate its centennial anniversary. For 100 years JLB has been fulfilling its mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. While the focus of JLB’s community efforts may have changed over time, the commitment and dedication of members to these projects has remained unwavering.
In the upcoming year, we will be looking back and reflect on the impact we have made on the community over the past 100 years. During this time, as we focus on our external efforts, I would like us to not forget the impact being a part of JLB has had on our members. Take a moment to reflect on the impact being in JLB has had upon you. Who have you met during your time in JLB, that you would not have gotten to know otherwise? I have met some of the most amazing women that reside in WNY. When Business First 30 under 30 and 40 under 40 lists come out, you can be sure to find a Junior Leaguer or two on the list. These women are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty to transform a space for a group in need. They are just as comfortable taking the lead as a board member of a non-profit, or even impacting the community in their day-to-day work. Through JLB I have met many women who have become good friends, I even met my best friend and travel buddy during our provisional year.
What have you learned during your time in JLB? General meetings constantly take us to new locations throughout the city, and important lessons are learned from the guest speakers. Through our placements, we have the opportunity to learn new skills and try new things. To not to shy away from things outside of our comfort zones, that may be why a few of you are here at Toastmasters tonight.
So raise your glass, and join me in celebrating 100 years of Junior League, not only making an impact on our community, but also a lasting impact on all of us.”
JLB Active Member
May 8, 2018
“My mother owns a business in West Side Bazaar and the Junior League of Buffalo has supported our organization.”
May 18, 2018
“Thanks to the Junior League of Buffalo’s generosity and fire in the belly for our mission, the Family Justice Center’s child playroom is getting a make-over times a million! We were dreaming big when we sat down with two artists, who design and build sets for movies and theater, and their creative brilliance and passion for our work will culminate in a spectacular tree house complete with a book nook, interactive toys, and ceiling to floor murals. We are beyond excited and beyond grateful to the Junior League of Buffalo for literally making this dream come true.”
Family Justice Center
2018 Community Assistance Small Grants Recipient
“When Compass House, an emergency shelter and resource center for runaway and homeless youth started in 1972, Junior League stepped right in and helped us set up, create and build this program. They were one of our founders. Because of that, we have a dedicated Board seat for a Junior League Member. We have also received the proceeds from the Junior League Show house on two different occasions. Both times these funds were used to help renovate our shelter, which was built in the late 1800’s. I cannot tell you everything junior league has done for our agency, but I can give you a few examples. Members help us every year at our fundraisers setting up auction items and helping with registration and raffle tickets. They paint rooms at our shelter so that the youth who are residing there, have a bright, inspirational room to sleep in. They have helped us beautify our grounds by cleaning up our gardens and planting flowers. Members have cooked food for our clients. The list goes on and on. Compass House is just one of over 200 agencies Junior League supports. Our community is a better place because of all the women who are lucky enough to call themselves the Junior League of Buffalo! Happy 100th Anniversary.”
“Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network has been associated with the Junior League of Buffalo for several years. We have been a recipient of several of the Small Community awards including one which has assisted in providing diapers for our mothers who are compliant in attending prenatal visits. We were thrilled to be selected as the JLB Impact Agency for 2018-2019. Plans include creation of a play area for our clients’ children, a toiletries drive for our mothers, a book drive to stock the new play area and a cookie baking/placemat making for the children. We are looking forward to this new collaboration!”
LuAnne Brown, R.N.
Chief Executive Officer
Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc.
“Homespace has partnered in the past with the Junior League of Buffalo on a number of occasions to provide activities, programs, and creating better spaces for our young single mothers. These projects are from minor interactions to more in depth. The full transformation of our Community Room, which is in the center of our Administrative Offices where the girls can hang out, watch TV, cook light meals, and have most of their educational sessions/groups in, had a gigantic impact on the care of the room, the respect towards the environment, and the increase in utilization. Throughout the years, the agency has committed itself to maintain the huge transformation from a dreary “conference-only” room to a more living room space to gather and share. This has made a difference how the youth use and participate while in this Community Room.”
“I like seeing my fellow Provisionals for meetings, etc. as we feel a comradery of going through together!” – Joanne Brundage Zyrochu, Active
“I am grateful to JLB for giving me the confidence to lead and the opportunity to serve.” – Kathleen Murphy, Active
“In my 6th active year in League, I have not only gained an education on the diverse community services in the city that focus on supporting single women heads of households (Life Coach, BPPN, Gerard Place), I have gained supportive and loving friendships with my League sisters.” – Anonymous, Active
“After moving to Buffalo from Texas, JLB was a great way to learn about Buffalo – and learn my way around the city. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and as a result I have met a ton of amazing women!” – Anonymous, JLB member
“The Junior League of Buffalo does an incredible job training members and preparing them for service on other boards in the community.” – Lisa Petronio, Sustainer
“I’ve enjoyed how the Junior League of Buffalo has exposed me to many amazing charitable organizations in Western New York and to incredible leaders in our membership.” – Kate Bucki, Active