Welcome to the 2020-2021 League Year!
The Junior League of San Diego is an organization of women united by our interest in building better communities and cultivating the next generation of women as community and civic leaders. Our mission is simple: we promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We offer unique opportunities for personal growth through comprehensive leadership development and training, community service, and lifelong connections. By welcoming all women, our organization thrives through its members’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences.
Over the past 92 years, the Junior League of San Diego has had a lasting and positive impact on our community. We are on the forefront of key initiatives and advocacy efforts to improve the well-being of women, children, and families in San Diego. Our League projects and members have been pivotal to the founding of several remarkable programs in San Diego, including the Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego. Our 1,000 members dedicate tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, in addition to being pillars of strength and charity in their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and broader communities.
Every year, the Junior League affords us with new learning opportunities, trainings and experiences. The Junior League has been preparing us to show up and lead under any circumstance, and that has never been more relevant than today. I believe this year will be pivotal in our history; it is one in which we will lay the foundation for our next meaningful legacy. We will all get to be leaders and innovators this year as we reimagine how we promote meaningful connection, impact and growth. This year will offer many new exciting opportunities.
For more than 35 years, thousands of Junior League members have roamed the halls of our historic headquarters. 210 Maple has served as the hub of our groundbreaking training programs and community work. Later this summer, we hope to reopen our beloved headquarters, which has been meticulously restored, to better serve our members and community. We hope you will support our capital campaign and restoration efforts as we finish this milestone project.
The Junior League and our members also have big plans to serve our community. We are on the forefront of the fight against Human Trafficking in our community and improving the lives of transition age foster youth. Our new diaper bank has already surpassed 15,000 diapers and will make a significant impact to at-risk women and families. Our new community table initiative will utilize our greatest tangible asset, 210 Maple, to create a program to bring together our volunteer members, partners and the community we serve. We will continue our advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and other issues affecting women and children through our State Public Affairs Committee. We will expand our tremendously successful training programs and offer more opportunities for community members to participate in these innovative trainings. We have accelerated change and are working together to accomplish our strategic diversity and inclusion goals through a new strategic committee and task force. And we will continue to partner with worthwhile organizations and offer them the time and experience of our trained volunteers.
Our impressive members are already hard at work on many of these efforts. It is a true privilege to work alongside such a motivated, capable, passionate and inspiring group of women, as your 2020-2021 President.
There may be some uncertainty about what our League experience may look like over the coming year, but one thing is certain. The power and role of a Junior League woman has never been more relevant. The Junior League needs you and the community needs us. Whether you choose to make a donation, sponsor our projects and programs, become a community partner, or join our membership, your support of our mission will ensure that we continue to deepen our impact and transform our volunteers into civic leaders.
No matter the challenge, no matter the issue, we are the Junior League of San Diego. We are better together, and we are ready to make history.
In Community Spirit,
Andrea N. Myers, Esq.