Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Junior League: An opportunity to get involved in the Lehigh Valley community

Ladies, you often tell me that you want to get involved in the Lehigh Valley community. You want to meet other like-minded women, but it's hard to meet people after college or in a new place. You want to make a difference. You want to meet women outside of your place of work. You are busy, and you want someone else to plan social events and seek out service opportunities.

Those are all reasons why women join the Junior League.

The local chapter has definitely made its mark in the region. Members founded the Weller Center for Education, DaVinci Center (once the Discovery Center), Perfect Fit for Women, and a number of other organizations that continue to serve the community. Members volunteer in many different ways at a number of charities Valley-wide, and are trained as community leaders. The group raises funds to support its community initiatives (including Kids in the Kitchen and Strong Moms, Strong Girls) and to grant funds to community nonprofits. They also have a lot of fun together at social events. The variety of events on the calendar shows the diversity of the group's membership.

When I lived in DC, I thought that the Junior League was for society women only, with expensive membership dues and fancy events. In the Lehigh Valley, it's a group of women, many of whom are newcomers to the region or who live here and work at a distance, who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

If this sounds like your kind of people, send the group an email or visit the web site to apply for membership.

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