President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Raleigh! We’re glad you stopped by. We have so much to share about how we’re transforming the lives of women and children in our community each day.

You won’t find an organization in Wake County with a bigger or better trained army of volunteers than the Junior League of Raleigh. With more than 1,600 members from a diverse array of backgrounds, we’ve come together because we have a passion for volunteering and making our community a better place for all of us. We pride ourselves on the training we offer our members, giving them a wide variety of opportunities to make an impact in our community.

And what an impact we make! Each year, we give 26,000 hours of our time to improve the lives of others in Wake County. How do we do it? Well, for starters, each week this summer we’re packing 360 bags of weekend meals for kids at a local YMCA summer camp. That’s in addition to the 160 kids we feed each weekend during the school year at three elementary schools. We pack tons – literally – of food each year at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. We tutor kids after school at AventWest Children’s Mentoring, we support programs to fight child abuse at SAFEchild and we offer homework help to kids at StepUp Ministry. Our Legacy Fund grant program has touched countless lives through other agencies in Wake County, all funded by our signature fundraiser, A Shopping SPREE!, and our newest spring fundraiser, Touch-A-Truck, which allows kids to climb on vehicles, such as firetrucks and police cars, and meet the heroes who drive them.

The League also is dedicated to nurturing and training our volunteers to become leaders and change agents in our community. Our volunteers are everywhere in our community – on nonprofit boards, leading school PTAs, in leadership roles at their churches or on staff at local nonprofits. Our training efforts touch more than 1,000 Wake County residents each year. And it’s not just our members who are being trained at the Junior League of Raleigh. We also offer training opportunities for employees of local nonprofits and other women who want to hone their leadership and professional skills.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the Junior League of Raleigh. We invite you to explore our website so you can learn more about how our dedicated volunteers are impacting the lives of women and children in Wake County!

Samantha Hatem

President JLR 2018-2019