Helping others is our focus. Making a difference in their lives is our goal.
For over 100 years, the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills has tackled the critical needs of women and children in our area. We have served the community with hands-on volunteer work as well as supplied generous grants to various community organizations. Since its inception, JLOSH has founded, developed or critically supported the following organizations:
- American Red Cross – Millburn-Short Hills Chapter
- New Eyes for the Needy
- Central Volunteer Bureau
- Camp Hope
- Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
- Essex County Environmental Center
- Eastlea Group Home
- Arts Council of Suburban Essex
- Isaiah House
- Durand-Hedden House
JLOSH Community Council Committee members identify and research the needs of the local community; propose and implement volunteer opportunities for the JLOSH membership, which positively impact the community; and advocate for the needs of women and children at a local level. JLOSH has donated over $400,000 in community grants and gifts since 1990, and 7,000 hours of volunteer time each year.
In 2014 JLOSH decided to concentrate our group’s focus on the community in order to have a bigger impact for those we are helping. Beginning in 2015, JLOSH launched our “Fill the Need Initiative” which focuses on addressing the basic needs of low-income children in our joint service area through community work dedicated to closing the gap on food insecurity, school supply gaps, essential clothing and basic hygiene needs of school-aged children living in poverty. We believe that when these basic needs are met, together we can help low-income children focus their energy on succeeding in school and building a more secure future. All of JLOSH’s community service events and grant funding will now go toward supporting our “Fill the Need Initiative.”