I am honored to be serving as the 97th President of the Junior League of Grand Rapids! For nearly 100 years, the Junior League of Grand Rapids has focused on its mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Grand Rapids community. We empower women leaders, so they can empower our community.
When I joined the Junior League in 2013, I sought to make new friends in a new city, but the past eight years have offered more meaning, connection and growth than I could have imagined. I have gotten to know Grand Rapids through community partners and the hundreds of League members who represent a diverse set of women with varied backgrounds, skills and passions.
Each of us brings something unique to the work we do to improve children’s physical health in Grand Rapids. Whether it is fundraising to build a Wellness Adventure Yard (increasing access to safe play), advocating for non-partisan legislation with the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues (supporting women and children’s issues), partnering with a local elementary school on after-school programming (educating kids on the benefits of nutrition and physical activity) or responding to the local impacts of Covid-19– the Junior League does it all by training and empowering its members to lead, learn and try innovative new approaches to impacting the community.
The tenacity and innovation of our leaders has led to partnerships with Mary Free Bed, Grand Rapids Public Schools, the YMCA, the YWCA, CASA, St. John’s Home, Artists Creating Together (Very Special Arts), Habitat for Humanity, Kids’ Food Basket, and countless other non-profit organizations providing services that benefit children.
We hope you will join us – as a Member, as a community member, as a partner, as a donor, as an advocate for our mission – to create and embed lasting change. Together we can continue this legacy of positive impact in Grand Rapids.
Yours in service,