A Message From Our President

 

Lanier McRee

Lanier McRee

JLR President, 2022-2023

Welcome to the Junior League of Raleigh! I am honored to serve as your 2022-23 President alongside our 2022-23 Executive Vice President, Lisa Coston Hall. We are excited for the year ahead and our work to strengthen connections with our community and our members.

For 93 years, the Junior League of Raleigh has been driving force for supporting our neighbors and improving our community through voluntarism. The tagline for our strategic plan captures the heart of what we strive to do: Impact your Community, Impact your Life.

Our 1,300 members bring a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds to our organization, united by a shared commitment to being catalysts for lasting community change. We do this in several ways, including by providing volunteers for community partners who focus on the three pillars of our work in childhood well-being: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities; School Success; and Strong Family Foundations. In addition, we provide short-term extra hands, give grants to area nonprofits and offer affordable meeting space at our Hillsborough Street headquarters, the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership. We also educate our members on community issues and prepare them to be leaders who can make a difference.

The past two years have been challenging for all of us – personally, professionally, emotionally. And they have brought even greater urgency to the League’s work in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in serious learning loss among our young people, higher rates of anxiety and depression, and increases in family violence and food insecurity. It has sharpened the focus on challenges such as equitable access to affordable housing and healthcare, and on the need for greater efforts toward diversity, equity and inclusion. We are needed now more than ever!

To our members, thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. It is a true honor to stand amongst dedicated women working diligently together to strengthen our community, our League and their own skills and connections.

If you are not a member but are ready to impact your community and impact your life, I invite you to join us. 

Sincerely,

Lanier McRee

2022-23 Junior League of Raleigh President