President’s Message


It is an honor to serve as this year’s president as we celebrate 96 years of service to the Evansville community.

The Junior League of Evansville was founded in 1926 as the Child Welfare Junior Auxiliary. Twenty young women who had recently earned the right to vote started the auxiliary “to foster development of charitable, social, economic, and educational projects; and to promote efficient volunteer service in connection therewith.” Over the past 96 years, the league has transformed, but still remains true to its voluntarism roots.

Throughout our 96 years, we continue to hold our mission true; by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The league has provided support to multiple organizations throughout our community and started many signature projects including, cMOE, Wesselman Park Nature Center, Reitz Home, Swonder Ice Rink, Hillcrest Washington Youth Home, Little Lambs, and Playville, JLE to name a few. In recent years we shifted our focus to food insecurity and skilling up for women and children. We launched a crockpot campaign, provide free lunches on school breaks, and empower women through our Women’s Conference.

The past year presented our community and our league with challenges, but thanks to our resilient members and our community partners, we have been able to continue to provide for our community, even during a pandemic.

I look forward to this year and all that we can continue to accomplish as we work together for the betterment of ourselves and our community.

If you are interested in learning more, I invite you to take time to look through our site and discover the different opportunities to join us a a member, community partner, or donor.

Yours in service,

Heather Garrison
President, 2021-2022

Junior League of Evansville