If I have a full-time job, can I still volunteer?
Yes! A majority of JLGP volunteers hold regular full-time jobs. The JLGP has volunteer opportunities available in the evenings and on weekends. There are also projects that take place during the day so there really is something available for everyone. Most meetings are usually held in the evenings and occasionally on the weekends so this offers additional flexibility for working women.
What organizations benefit from your community programs?
This year, there are a number of organizations, which will receive funding, hands-on volunteer support, clothes and food or books, one-on-one mentoring, and educational experiences through the work of JLGP volunteers.
Our Children’s Initiative is volunteering with and supporting Family Services Association of Bucks County, The United Way of Greater Mercer County Mentor Link at Trenton Central High School and Stuff the Bus initiative, Anchor House (Angel’s Wings), Better Beginnings Preschool, The Cherry Tree Nursery School (Homefront), Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Capital Health Hopewell Pediatric wing, and Children’s Futures Holiday Toy and Book Drive.
The Women’s Initiative will work with Dress for Success Mercer County, supporting women in their employment searches and mentoring them through a series of classes to foster on-the-job success and improved job-search skills.
The ROCKETS (Raising our Children’s Knowledge by Education Through Science) Initiative will provide Literacy Kits to the Head Start students at the John O. Hamilton School in Hamilton, NJ. In addition, pre-school through Grade 2 teachers in Mercer and surrounding counties will participate in the Teacher Launch Seminar on February 9. This low-cost training opportunity provides new ideas and activities, with demonstrations and explanation by two experienced science educators, to inspire more and better hands-on science in the classroom. ROCKETS also holds a science fair in the spring at Stepping Stones Learning Institute in Trenton.
Visit the past projects page and provisional project page to learn more.
Why should I volunteer with the JLGP versus other organizations?
Current members feel that the JLGP provides a unique volunteer experience because of the commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Members enjoy being a part an organization, which makes a meaningful impact make in their local communities. The JLGP provides members with a structured, well-organized volunteer experience. Volunteers also benefit from training in a variety of educational and leadership programs. Ultimately however, most members say they value the lifelong friendships that the JLGP has afforded them the opportunity to make.
When Can I Join?
The Junior League of Greater Princeton accepts new volunteer inquiries year round. The League year runs from September to May, and the Provisional Course runs from October to May. There are two Provisional (i.e. New Member) Classes per calendar year, and the current deadline to become a member by returning your completed Commitment Agreement and Provisional Course is October 5, 2013 for the Fall class and January 25, 2014 for the Spring class. The Provisional Course and all requirements must be completed to become an Active Member.
How large is the JLGP?
The JLGP membership is comprised of more than 255 talented and committed women volunteers.