President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Pittsburgh! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and to learn more about us.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh is proud to be one of 291 Leagues serving across four countries, together forming the oldest, largest, and most effective organization for women volunteers. Though 2020 has brought unprecedented—and certainly unexpected—changes to our country, our community, and our family, one thing remains constant: the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s dedication and commitment to developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Although we have had to adapt our efforts to the ongoing changes and uncertainties that we are now faced with every day, we remain steadfast in our efforts to support the Pittsburgh communities in their times of need and to establish diverse, equal, and inclusive environments for all women who value our mission.  

I joined the Junior League of Pittsburgh in 2003. Seventeen years later, I continue to be awed by the women who step up each year to serve this organization. Each member is unique and comes to the JLP with her own experiences, skills, and aspirations. Each member chose to become a member of the JLP for her own reasons—but each member shares something in common: the desire to develop as a strong woman and a strong leader, and the desire to make a positive impact on our community. I am proud to call these women my friends, and I am proud to be part of their team. I am grateful that these women chose to dedicate their time and energy to the Junior League of Pittsburgh this year.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh provides its members with an extensive training and education program to cultivate a lifetime of civic service, preparing members to serve as advocates of change and striving to make the City of Pittsburgh and its surrounding neighborhoods at least a little bit better every day. Currently, JLP members focus their community efforts on the issues surrounding food insecurity. We are actively working to search for and engage in collaborative solutions to address childhood hunger and end food insecurity in our community. We are proud to continue growing our partnerships with many local organizations, including the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Just Harvest, the Salvation Army, the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and the Pittsburgh City Council.

We encourage you to learn more about the Junior League of Pittsburgh and to join our efforts to address the needs of the Pittsburgh community and develop female leaders in our area. You can support us in many ways such as attending our fundraising events, making an in-kind or monetary donation, or by joining our organization of more than 250 women. It is a great honor to serve and represent the Junior League of Pittsburgh as its 2020–2021 President. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to get involved with us, please reach out to me at president@jlpgh.org. While each of us can make an impact as an individual, we truly are “Better Together!”

Warmest regards,

Maribeth Thomas

President, Junior League of Pittsburgh

Past Presidents