President’s Message

Rebecca Ayers

                     Rebecca Ayers                      JLR 2016-2017 President

Welcome to the Junior League of Raleigh! We are a diverse organization of women committed to impacting our community through trained volunteers. The League provides amazing opportunities for women to develop their leadership potential through volunteerism in the Wake County community. Every day I am impressed by the caliber of women who are members of the Junior League of Raleigh and the opportunities afforded to our members to make meaningful impact on the Wake County community.

As President of the Junior League of Raleigh, I am proud to represent the nearly 1,700 highly professional, community-minded, committed team of women who have come together to make Wake County a better place. If you are not a member, now is the time to join! I invite you to join the widespread opportunities and become a part of this committed community of volunteer leaders by joining one of the largest Leagues in the country, either as a member or by participating in one of our leadership programs or providing support for our community programs.

This year is particularly exciting for our League. We have the opportunity to host the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball. This is a one time in four years opportunity to celebrate North Carolina and our strong tradition of democracy and the transition of power. Our League is proud to be the only League in the country to sponsor this nonpartisan event and use the proceeds of the Inaugural Ball to invest in our local community through our Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership and our community programs. Besides being the event of the year in Raleigh, we recognize the great work being done by our community partners and across the state.

The Junior League of Raleigh members have a diverse set of backgrounds and interests and are role models throughout our community.  We have a rich history of touching lives and carrying our League experiences with us into our jobs, home and additional volunteer opportunities. These experiences change the lives of the women and children that we help and enrich the lives of our members at the same time.

Fundraisers such as A Shopping SPREE!, the League’s signature four-day shopping event, and the Inaugural Ball, enable the work that we do and provide the resources to award grants to Wake County community agencies that exhibit a need and have an impact on the community. Love My League and Touch A Truck are other important events that enable and support our community programs and impact.

We offer meaningful volunteer activities throughout Wake County for our members where ever they are. Women and children are the focus of where we put our time and talents.  More than 700 women volunteer over 21,000 hours annually directly serving women and children.

Examples of our efforts include:

  • Providing clothing through our Bargain Box at Cameron Village for job interviews and back to school for families for whom these essentials are not available;
  • Packing meals for children to take home on the weekend when school food is not available and meals may be scarce;
  • Enhancing elementary and middles school children’s confidence through one on one homework help;
  • Leading therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with disabilities.

This year we are expanding our commitment to the community through new volunteer activities for our members with new partnerships with the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina and InterAct. We are always drawing from the well of knowledge, expertise and experience our members bring with them to the League to make our impact the greatest it has ever been.  Our members are excited to build on our rich history of service as we continue to partner with the community to make Wake County a better place for children and their families.

Beyond volunteering we invest in the development of our members and rising community leaders. This investment allows us to impact the community far beyond the day to day volunteering. Through our award winning Capital Leadership Initiative, we provide League members and non-League professional women with leadership training that will help their advancement in the workplace, in volunteer opportunities and at home.  This spring, we will host our fourth annual Empowering Women’s Conference, an event open to all women that provides personal and professional development strategies for participants. Because of our commitment to developing women and volunteerism, our members have been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in Raleigh and North Carolina.

This is the year of opportunity for the Junior League of Raleigh. I hope you can join us in making an impact in our community. #jlrimpact

Rebecca S. Ayers, Ph.D.

President JLR 2016-2017