It is an honor to serve as this year’s president as we celebrate 95 years of service to the Evansville community. We have a remarkable history that has a legacy of community impact service that defines what we do today, tomorrow, and in the future.
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.” Ninety five years later, the league has transformed, but still remains true to its voluntarism roots.
Throughout our 95 years, the league has progressed and will continue to do so for our members and our community. We have developed from the 1920’s, working in conjunction with the Babies Milk Fund, Charity Balls and an age limit for its membership at 40 to today of Free Lunch Programs for children, Women’s Conferences and no age limit for its membership. 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.
Even though this past year has presented us with unprecedented and unexpected challenges, times such as these highlight the strength and adaptability of League volunteers, and ignite passion within our members.
As you navigate our site, I invite you to explore the many opportunities to engage with us as a member, community partner or sponsor.
Yours in service,
Junior League of Evansville