The Junior League of Pasadena, a nonprofit which supports skill development of local women and promotes voluntarism, has announced its General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The meeting will be held at La Casita del Arroyo, located at 177 S Arroyo Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
As an ongoing result of the pandemic, all General Membership Meetings for this year will be offered as hybrid events, according to the Junior League of Pasadena.
“This year, all General Membership Meetings (GMMs) will be offered as hybrid events, meaning you can join us in person or online. No matter what you choose, we will come together as a community and share ideas, interests, and if in person, food and drinks.”
Although the nonprofit has resumed its regular events and activities, the pandemic had an impact upon the group’s operations and fundraising efforts.
“The pandemic affected the organization and our activities significantly,” said Junior League President Valerie Mendoza. “So much of it is about member engagement and engagement with the community.”
Mendoza said turning the League’s in-person events to virtual events was daunting.
“That created a challenge because then you’d lose that in-person engagement — people aren’t seeing each other the way they normally do. And also it cuts a lot of the things we’re able to do in half. We couldn’t have a gala, we couldn’t have these in-person seminars where people could break up into groups and interact.”
“That affected the membership’s ability to really thrive as it normally does. It still thrived. We’re still here. But it’s taken a lot of work and creativity to still be here,” Mendoza added.
Since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the JLP has gone full force with its engagement, recruitment and volunteering activities.
“We have had more in-person events and socials and community engagements than we were able to have within the last six months of last year’s league year,” said Mendoza.
The JLP hosted a recruitment event on August 13. Mendoza said over 25 people came and signed up as new members. Active and sustaining members also showed up at the gathering.
1926 Fundraising Campaign
The Junior League of Pasadena was founded in 1926 by a group of young women and was formerly called the Junior Aid Society. Since that time, it has worked to promote volunteerism, support the development of women and improve life in Pasadena in a variety of ways.
Pasadenans can support JLP through various ways, one of which is by donating through its 1926 campaign.
Launched in honor of JLP’s 95th anniversary, the campaign was started by sustaining members of the league as an in-kind campaign during the pandemic to help support JLP, according to Mendoza.
She believes community support is crucial to the success of JLP and other nonprofits in Pasadena.
“If the community doesn’t see the value of an organization because the organization is not doing its part, then that organization cannot thrive.”
“Without financial support, we can’t provide those programs. So the community is crucial. But we know that the big part is on us to continue to prove ourselves.”
For the remaining months of 2022, the JLP will be reintroducing its Community Advisory Council, which consists of multiple members of the community organizations in Pasadena and locally in the San Gabriel Valley.
Mendoza said JLP will be partnering with The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena and Ten Thousand Villages to do volunteering and provide a couple workshops in the community before the year ends.
More information on how to support and donate to JLP can be found online at pasadena.jl.org.