By Pamela Giasson Lynch
The Junior League of Boston has a vision of a stronger community where all women and girls are empowered, healthy, and confident. Our fourteen direct service projects address self-esteem, leadership development, one-on-one mentoring, reversing childhood obesity, increasing physical activity, and healthy cooking training. Our community impact is coordinated through our Community Council, which provides support to the community projects and arranges additional League wide volunteer opportunities called “Impact Days”. To evaluate potential future projects, our Community Research and Development committee, studies the greatest needs in Boston community, connects with potential partner organizations, and recommends those that align with our mission and competency.
Halfway through every year, JL Boston evaluates all of its community projects and programs through a Mid-Year Review (MYR) process, which is an annual review process. During this process, Community Council surveys JL Boston members, Community Service Project Chairs, and community collaborators. The results identify strengths and areas where each project can improve. The Council’s ultimate goal is to develop a proposal for next year’s community service project slate. We are excited to share this year’s MYR results with data about the impact JL Boston has on both its members and its clients.
As you can see, this year’s results show that the Junior League is sending hundreds of volunteers in to their communities with the training and support they need to make an impact where needed. We also take pride that our suite of volunteer opportunities are part of a satisfying experience for our members.
Pamela (Giasson) Lynch joined the Junior League in 2010. She currently serves as the Director of Community and was recently proposed as President-Elect for the 2015-2016 year.