Message from our Presidents…
As another Junior League year comes to a close, we are so grateful for the relationships and connections we have rebuilt between our league members and our community partners. We invested back into our community through community development, collaboration, and relationship building so we can continue to make a larger impact on our focus area, Foster Youth Ages 12-18.
The resilience of members continues to be limitless as we shifted from a hybrid model of in-person and virtual meetings during the first half of the league year to graciously having all of our events in-person the second half of the league year. We held our General Membership Meetings in five different areas in Fresno, we hosted ten different speakers to speak or provide training at each meeting, and we recruited six new members.
Our members completed 464 hours of training throughout the year and contributed over 50 hours of direct volunteer time. We sponsored several TV appearances to raise awareness about local foster youth. We provided forty foster youth in college with gift cards and cheer during the holiday season, we provided twenty cancer patients with the essentials during cancer treatment, we provided foster youth with luggage, bags, and suitcases to help go from place to place, and we provided foster youth with business/formal attire for job interviews and the workplace. We created a “life skills” curriculum for foster youth in Fresno County to launch this coming year.
We raised $33,486.65 and was able to honor and provide 23 female athletes with a $500 scholarship. Thank you to our sponsors, long-standing donors, and community partners – your support makes a huge impact on what we do in the Fresno Community.
Thank you to our members for continuing to stay hopeful, continuing to embrace the changes within league, and continuing to stay eager to serve our community during a year that refocused on member engagement and building connections in our community.
As we look ahead, we are willing and we are ready to take on another league year by increasing our membership, retaining our members, and building sustainable partnerships within our community.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve as President of the Junior League of Fresno. Thank you for all of your ongoing support this year and years to come!
Empowered women, empower women.