Welcome to the Junior League of Bergen County (JLBC) website! I hope you will take a few minutes to explore our site and learn about the women and activities that have made the JLBC such an integral part of Bergen County for the past 92 years.
Though the world has changed dramatically since the JLBC’s formation in 1928, our mission has stayed the same: training strong female leaders, and working together to serve the at-risk women and children within our community.
The JLBC’s impact in Bergen County has been a significant one, marked by a wide variety of projects and efforts throughout the years –from raising the funds needed to acquire a site for Woodlea, Bergen County’s first group home, which was eventually handed off to the Children’s Aid and Adoption Society of New Jersey; to developing countless programs; awarding grants and volunteering thousands upon thousands of hours to assist other organizations and nonprofits throughout the county. And multiple women have transitioned their JLBC training and experiences to leadership positions within critical nonprofit organizations within our community –from positions as board members, to executive positions at organizations including Rebuilding Together North Jersey, the American Red Cross and the National MS Society, to name just a few.
Our membership comprises an extremely diverse group of roughly 200 women. We are single women, working moms, stay-at-home moms, volunteers, professionals and leaders within the community –all brought together by our collective desire to empower women and better the community in which we live. And we are not alone.
The JLBC is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, a network of more than 290 individual Junior Leagues boasting over 150,000 members across four countries. Tracing our roots to Mary Harriman’s desire to help spur social reform in Manhattan in 1901 at a time when overcrowded tenements, poverty and homelessness were prevalent, we are one of the world’s oldest, biggest and most effective volunteer organizations. Past Junior League members have included the ranks of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady Laura Bush and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But we continue to look forward and are always interested in bringing on new members. If you are a woman interested in leadership training and making a difference within our community –aided by the support of likeminded women with whom you may find yourself building lifelong friendships, why not join us? Information about becoming a member of the JLBC is available here.
Just as the world has changed over the years, so too have the needs within our community. While the JLBC remains focused on serving the needs of at-risk women and children within Bergen County, in the wake of a global pandemic and the need for social distancing we are revisiting the ways we can best be of service. Thus far, our COVID-19 relief efforts have involved a significant food donation to CUMAC (www.cumac.org); the donation of more than 16,000 diapers to Children’s Aid and Family Services’ “Baby Basics” program and the collection of phone chargers and baby monitors for Bergen County hospitals in need of these supplies to help with patients suffering from the coronavirus. But we’re just getting started. In the year ahead, as the pandemic looms, we will continue looking for the ways we can be most effective. Other initiatives include plans for the creation of a playground within a low income community, continuing work on our program to assist people seeking to enhance their resumes and find work, and much more. So stay tuned!
I am proud to serve as president of the JLBC and to work alongside the fabulous women serving on our board of directors this year, as well as our membership as a whole. The JLBC has an amazing legacy, and whether you are a potential new member or a potential new community partner I invite you to join us as we continue our efforts to enhance both our League and our community.
Thank you for visiting our page. I hope that we will see you at a JLBC event in the year ahead, whether it is at a volunteer initiative, a training event that we open to the public or one of our many FUNdraising initiatives.
Britt Erica Tunick
President, Junior League of Bergen County