President’s Message

Photo by Erin McClain Beck

Welcome to the Junior League of Pittsburgh!

We are a group of women who have been volunteering in the Pittsburgh community for 95 years! Through the years, this amazing group of women has started the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Vintage senior community center in the East End, TRIO and the Caring Place (now known as the Highmark Caring Place) just to name a few. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this legacy.

What is the Junior League? It is a question that is often asked. Many people have heard of the League, but don’t know who we are or what we do. We are an international group of women committed to volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action of trained volunteers. Through this organization, we help to train women to be civic-minded leaders through assessing community needs and partnerships, fundraising, leadership training, communications and strategic planning. In addition to learning about our community, members make valuable new connections and friendships. Many women often go on to use their League experiences to make lasting contributions within the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Our current focus is on food insecurity. We have worked with schools in the East End to start and maintain their backpack programs so that children have food to eat over the weekends and holidays. But this is only the beginning of what we would like to accomplish. This year we are resurrecting Show House in Wilkinsburg! A longtime fundraiser of the League, Show House will come off a 10-year hiatus in May 2018. Stay tuned for updates on our progress and please join us to help make Pittsburgh our most livable city!

I joined the League 10 years ago because I needed to be involved in something else other than work. What I have gained is more than I would have imagined. I have learned so much about the city and other organizations, developed skills I didn’t know I had and made amazing friendships along the way.

Thank you for your support and please join us!

Madeline Wahl
2017-2018 President
Junior League of Pittsburgh

 

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