Women 4 Women: Establishing a network of change agents to serve the needs of women and girls in Greater Boston

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The Junior League of Boston is calling for personal care item donations to provide hygienic supplies to hundreds of the most vulnerable women & girls in Boston.

The Junior League of Boston (JL Boston) is holding a donation drive through December 10, 2020 to collect personal care items for hundreds of the most vulnerable women and girls in Greater Boston. These donations will be distributed to JL Boston’s community partners in the Women 4 Women network as a way to support the important work of these organizations and ensure that personal hygiene products are reaching those with the greatest need.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant economic and social impact on women due to changes in school structure and the workplace," said Kathleen Quinlan Riley, 2020- 2022 JL Boston President. "We founded the Women 4 Women network to serve the new and immediate needs of women and girls in our communities.”

The need for personal care items has been exacerbated by this public health crisis, where many women and girls are experiencing health and financial related hardships. The economic downturn and closure of in-person schooling have pushed many women out of the workforce causing families to make difficult choices in the purchasing of vital necessities for their households, including choices between rent, food, and personal care items. The Junior League of Boston has launched a donation drive so that women and girls in our communities have access to hygienic supplies to stay healthy amid the ongoing pandemic.

There are drop-off locations across Greater Boston where JL Boston members are hosting donation bins for personal care items. To ensure the proper care, safety, and sanitation of donated items, please sign-up to drop-off items at a convenient neighborhood location: https://www.jlboston.org/women-4-women/. It is also possible to make donations online through JL Boston’s Amazon Wishlist available on the sign-up page. All items will be donated to JL Boston’s community partners, including the Jeremiah Program, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Boys & Girls Club of Blue Hills, and the Boston Renaissance Charter School.

“We are grateful for JL Boston’s partnership in supporting single mothers and their children - two generations at a time - through a holistic approach that emphasizes college credentialing for moms and high academic achievement for children" said Alison Marlow, Executive Director of the Jeremiah Program. “For more than 20 years, the Jeremiah Program has worked to address inequitable systems so that generational poverty is disrupted and families can live in a world where they prosper and are affirmed.”

Since 2017 members of JL Boston have served the Jeremiah Program by tutoring and mentoring Jeremiah moms in their college coursework, but the outbreak of COVID-19 has fundamentally shifted how the League serves its community partners and the immediate need of our communities. Through the Women 4 Women network, JL Boston is collaborating with community partners to identify and implement impactful services and solutions in the face of challenges presented by the pandemic. If your organization is interested in becoming a partner with the JL Boston, please reach out to the Vice President of Community at community@jlboston.org. For more information, please visit: https://www.jlboston.org/.

About the Junior League of Boston: 
The Junior League of Boston is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of over 290 Junior League chapters in four countries. The organization is composed of dedicated and creative women from varying backgrounds and interests, who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing tomorrow’s healthy and confident women and leaders, and improving communities through effective action and leadership.

To donate to JL Boston and help expand our impact, please visit http://www.jlboston.org.

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