Junior League of Boston Announces a Hopping Spring of Activities

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Applications for membership opened April 1st, Leadership Training on April 9th and Show House 2016 in West Newton opening May 7th

The Junior League of Boston, an all-women, volunteer-led organization serving greater Boston, has announced an exciting Spring slate of activities that will provide opportunities for new members to get involved, current and prospective members to extend their impact, and all of Boston to participate in the League’s most highly anticipated fundraising event. The membership application season opened to new members on April 1st for the 2016-2017 year. Developing a well-trained volunteer force is a guiding principle of the Junior League of Boston, with members and the general public having the opportunity to attend a Leadership Training on April 9th. Finally, the Junior League will launch Show House, its signature fundraising event, on May 7th.

“Whether you are new to Boston or expanding your circle, the Junior League provides a unique opportunity to experience world class leadership training in the non-profit space, and to participate in some of the most impactful community service programs in greater Boston,” said Valerie Pontiff, President of the Junior League of Boston.

Junior League membership comes with many benefits. The organization’s nearly 1,000 members provide thousands of volunteer hours through custom-designed community service programs in Greater Boston that focus on the wellness of girls. In addition to making an enormous impact on the region, Junior League members benefit from comprehensive leadership, volunteer, and professional skills training. As part of a member-run non-profit, members also enjoy building management skills through learning best practices in marketing and communications, finance and technology and top level leadership in non-profit governance. Members are a collaborative group, forming deep connections and friendships over time.

While the three originally scheduled open houses are now full, prospective members may attend a newly added Open House to learn more about the organization and meet current members:

  •     Sunday, May 1, 2016: 5:30-7:00 PM

Registration for Open Houses along with the application is available at https://www.jlboston.org/join-jl-boston/

The Junior League is also extending an invitation to the greater Boston community for a day of leadership and board service training on April 9th from 8am to 2:30pm. With presentations from strategic management experts Pamela Scott, CEO of LVCC Inc., Gene Miller of Gene Miller Associates, Carol Salloway of Performa Consulting Group and others, the day of leadership training is sure to elevate both members and friends of the Junior League in their non-profit path.

Speakers will address key areas faced in serving nonprofit organizations including the skills needed to successfully navigate board relationships and responsibilities, what one can really expect while serving on a Board – from fiscal challenges to addressing the community need - and ultimately how to make board service a win-win.

Registration for this signature event is at https://www.jlboston.org/category/events/. Members $0, Non-Members: $55.

Show House 2016 will support the Junior League’s 19 community service programs and its leadership training platform. Twenty-five of Boston’s top interior designers have converged to decorate the Nathaniel Allen House at 35 Webster Street in West Newton. The Junior League is proud to support the property owner, the Newton Cultural Alliance, as the beneficiary of the designed spaces. Once Show House is complete, the Nathaniel Allen House will become an arts and culture space for children in the greater Boston region. Show House 2016 opens May 7th with more information here: https://www.jlboston.org/show-house/

About the Junior League of Boston
The Junior League of Boston is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Members of the Junior League of Boston are dedicated to effecting positive change in our community and committed to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship.

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