I am honored and excited to extend a warm welcome to our members, community partners, friends, neighbors, and all who have an interest in learning more about the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills. It is astonishing that JLOSH has been serving the community for more than 105 years. I am beyond proud of all that we have accomplished and looking forward to another fulfilling year ahead!
JLOSH’s mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of our trained volunteers. JLOSH is focused on addressing the basic needs of low-income children in our service area. Our community service work is dedicated to closing the gap on food insecurity, essential clothing needs, school supply gaps and basic hygiene needs of school-aged children living in poverty. We believe that when these basic needs are met with the necessary supplies and educational resources, that low-income children can focus their energy on succeeding in school.
Our Community team has been working hard over the summer to put together both tried-and-true and brand new community service events throughout the year. We will continue working with community partners, such as America’s-Grow-A-Row and MEND, along with our 2017-2018 grant winners such as Rent Party. We will also be forging new partnerships and providing additional opportunities for our members to get involved in the community and volunteer.
Our Fundraising team is already in full swing planning this year’s events, including a Trivia Night in October and the return of the Women of Vision Luncheon in March 2019. The League will continue to offer a variety of social fundraising events to support our programming throughout the year. I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who supports the JLOSH mission by participating in our fundraising events; these are vital to our ability to continue providing amazing opportunities to our members to make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve.
We are also thrilled to be able to offer dynamic training opportunities to our members and the community at large this year. We know that by continuing to hone the leadership skills of women, JLOSH empowers those women to make a meaningful impact in their communities, both through The Junior League and beyond. JLOSH is part of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), a group of more than 155,000 women in 294 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the UK and the US. Through the extraordinary training that The Junior League provides to its members worldwide, the women of The League have accomplished truly inspiring things and continue to impress. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.
I would like to thank our generous Sponsors for their continued support, and the many friends and partners of JLOSH who add such value to our organization. JLOSH has an amazing group of women on the Board of Directors this year and I invite all of you to join us on our journey of making impactful contributions to our community.