Dear Friends,
The Junior League of Boston has so much to share with you as we enter a lovely spring in Boston.  Those interested in Junior League membership may join between April 1st and June 1st. We hope you know women who are interested in the most innovative member-run non-profit in Boston where exceptional training and signature community service programs are the standard.  Join us!

We are so excited to invite you to Decorators’ Show House 2016 at the Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton. In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of this special fundraiser, we have engaged 25 of the region’s most recognized designers to inspire you as you imagine the next phase for your large and small spaces. Bring your friends for a tour of the 1860’s Greek Revival property and stay to enjoy the on-site boutique and explore West Newton Square, home to vibrant restaurants and shops. We can’t wait to see you!

Our robust fund development platform exists to support the mission of the Junior League – exceptional training for our volunteer leaders and impactful community service programs that focus on the wellness of girls in greater Boston. We are so pleased to announce that Leader Within, one of JL Boston signature community service programs, has expanded to a new location at the Boys and Girls Club in the Blue Hills section of Dorchester. This special opportunity was made possible through the generous grant from the Trip Advisor Charitable Foundation.

On behalf of all members of the Junior League of Boston, welcome!

Valerie Pontiff

President, 2015-2016
The Junior League of Boston, Inc. 

Tickets to Show House & Show House Special Events on Sale Now!

Do you love historic homes and interior design? Are you looking for inspiration for your own home? The Junior League of Boston invites you to join us at the Nathaniel Allen House for the 45th Anniversary Decorators' Show House

This premier design event will be held May 7, 2016 through June 5, 2016 and will feature the creative talents of the Boston area’s finest designers. Using the home as a blank canvas, the 2016 Decorators’ Show House gives local designers the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and unique design style through complete redecoration of the home. The Nathaniel Allen House boasts over 20 rooms that will be transformed by renowned designers in the coming months.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Nathaniel Allen House was the site of the earliest co-educational school in the country and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Owned by the Newtown Cultural Alliance (NCA) since 2012, the property will support small and medium sized performances and cultural events.

Experience the joy of the 45th anniversary Show House with your family and friends while supporting the Junior League of Boston's commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Designer Preview Party

May 5, 2016 | 6-9pm
$150 - Catered Event Featuring Boston's Premiere Designers


Junior League of Boston Members & Friends Sneak Peek

May 6, 2016 | 6-9pm 
$35 - Mix & Mingle Before the Grand Opening 


Visit the Show House

May 7 - June 5, 2016
$35 online, $40 at the door
All proceeds go exclusively to fund the Junior League of Boston's charitable mission. 

Nonprofit Board Service Training Day - Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Join the Junior League of Boston as we host our community’s leaders in sharing best practices on nonprofit board service. Open to both Junior League members and the community at large, our speakers will address key areas faced in serving nonprofit organizations. Topics will include motivating volunteers, fiduciary duties of a board member, shaping strategy, technology trends and more.

Date: April 9, 2016 8am - 2pm 
Location: JL Boston Headquarters, 117 Newbury Street, Boston 
Cost: $55, non-members

Register Today!

Lord & Taylor Makes Gift to JL Boston


JL Boston thanks Lord and Taylor for a substantial gift to support the Junior League of Boston’s mission.   

JL Boston thanks the following additional supporters for grants and gifts.

JL Boston Leader Within Expands to Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester

JL Boston Leader Within, one of our signature community service programs, has been selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Boston in Blue Hills to provide after school and weekend programming for girls. Launched in 1997, Leader Within is a group-mentoring program designed to support girls’ natural strength through team building, writing, art-related projects, field trips and community service. We are so excited to be working with another Boys and Girls Club location and thank the Trip Advisor Charitable Foundation for making this program expansion possible.


The Junior League of Boston Turns 110!

On April 10th, the Junior League of Boston celebrates the completion of its 110th year of service to the greater Boston community. The roots of the Junior League of Boston go back to a group of sewing circles, which joined to form the Sewing Circle League in 1906. According to our first annual report, the intention of the Sewing Circle League was to “interest young women of Boston in the social and industrial problems of the city, and to help them study conditions and find their own work.”

At the time, there was clearly a demand for this type of organization, and the report further indicated that, “Our supply of workers is not equal to the demand, for we have had from different social organizations all over the city a great many more invitations, for even our most inexperienced volunteers, than we can possibly fulfil.” The Sewing Circle League continued to grow, and, in 1916, became the Junior League of Boston. Since then, JL Boston has evolved and adapted as the needs of the community it serves have changed. During the 1930’s, for example, JL Boston raised money for relief funds and unemployment assistance. As the United States entered World War II, JL Boston members assisted with the war efforts. In the 1970’s JL Boston established and managed a child abuse center for the Massachusetts Welfare Department, while in the 1980’s and 1990’s, JL Boston focused on empowering women and promoting the arts.

Today, JL Boston members serve on 19 community service projects. During 2014-2015 volunteers dedicated more than 20,000 hours with a clear belief that we are making a difference in our community (Junior League of Boston Annual Report, 2014-2015). Although the mission of JL Boston has evolved with time, for 110 years we have remained committed to serving the needs of the greater Boston community.

In the First Annual report of the Sewing Circle League, then president Sarah Lawrence wrote “The Sewing Circle League was organized last year only as an experiment. Will all those who are in favor of having it continue please say ‘aye’?” One hundred and ten years later, it is safe to say that the experiment has been an overwhelming success. Here’s to another 110 years!

Transform Your Future - Join the Junior League of Boston

As a member of the Junior League of Boston, you have the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in the Greater Boston community! Through our service initiatives and collaborations with the other community organizations, our members have a direct impact in our local neighborhoods. As a league of dedicated women we know first-hand how communities are transformed when women apply themselves as leaders and we remain deeply committed to the communities we serve. We also influence change globally, as a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Being a Junior League of Boston member has many privileges including extensive volunteer training, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to build lifelong friendships while meeting other engaged women. Applications for our new member class are open April 1-June 1.

Learn more about our organization and meet current members at any of our upcoming Prospective Member Open Houses.

Rent the Historic JL Boston Building for Your Next Event!

The historic three-story Back Bay town house at 117 Newbury Street between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets is now available for your event or meeting rental! Host your next holiday party, luncheon, baby shower, corporate, or other social or professional gathering here.

Rent the top three floors of the building for full use or one its individual rooms for day or evening use. Select rooms have a sixty inch television and audio visual equipment available.

For more information, please call The Junior League of Boston office at 617-536-9640 or learn more on the JL Boston website
Junior League of Boston, Inc.
117 Newbury Street  |  Boston, MA 02116  |

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