President’s Message

Welcome and thank you for visiting our new Junior League of Bergen County website.

We are so very proud that The Junior League of Bergen County (JLBC) has been involved in improving our community for over 85 years!    The JLBC has a strong history of creating programs, developing civic leaders and cultivating collaborations with community partners.  We invite you to navigate within our site to learn a little bit more about our history and accomplishments.

As a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.,  the Junior League of Bergen County is part of a movement of more than 150,000 women, in 291 Junior Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and The United Kingdom.  Collectively, we are one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world!

Our current membership is comprised of a diverse group of about 200 women, from Bergen and the surrounding counties, who are all united by their commitment to the core tenets of our mission;  promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Together, we deliver thousands of volunteer hours to our community through our various programs,  while also maintaining a focus on the training and development of our members, enabling and empowering them to make an even greater impact!

This year we are particularly proud and excited to be launching our newest community project “Set Sail – Navigating from Dependence to Independence”.  This initiative is the first in our new focus on resilience education and training for at-risk populations in our community.  Our initial roll-out community partner for this project is CUMAC (www.cumac.org) and we will be specifically focused within their “Pathways to Work” program to build and deliver a training curriculum to enable their patrons to re-enter or enter the workforce.

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as President of this amazing organization and alongside so many outstanding women who I am proud to call my friends.  I personally welcome you to attend any one of our upcoming events.   Whether you’d like to explore what membership is all about, would like to support us as a donor, or perhaps are a community partner in need; I invite you to join us as we continue to develop leaders and creative positive change in Bergen and the surrounding counties!  We would love to connect with you.

Thank you,

Leslie Martin-Bazzini