Friday, September 4, 2009

All My Socially Conscious Ladies - Put your Hands Up!

A 19 year-old girl living in New York at the turn of the 20th Century got a group of 80 buddies together to help immigrants in Manhattan’s Lower East Side tackle health and literacy problems.

Her public service ideas caught on and pretty soon women like Eleanor Roosevelt joined in to help. The group grew into other communities and began working towards improvements in nutrition, voting rights, education in the arts, services for the blind, deterring alcoholism, the environment, the criminal justice system and obesity.

It now has almost 300 separate branches all over the world including locations in the U.K., Canada and Mexico. It’s the Junior League – and although it has a pretty staid reputation, it always has done good works in communities where it takes root. The Stamford/Norwalk branch of the Junior League is taking new recruits. Women who want to volunteer can call 203-655-4662 or email to sign up for the provisional class Thursday, September 17th from 7:15pm to 9:15pm.

(photo from goosegrease,

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