Building a Better
A Long Tradition of Making Greater Portland Great
The Junior League of Portland, ME works to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership. We identify a community need, inspire a shared solution to serve that need, collaborate with community partners, and provide trained, dedicated volunteers and sometimes financing to ensure the success and longevity of the program. We have done so for over 90 years.
Highlights from Our 92 Years of History Read More
HOW THE LEAGUE WAS FORMED
On September 9, twelve charter members met to organize the Junior League of Portland, ME. Since its inception in 1922, the Junior League has been instrumental in transforming greater Portland.
THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM & THEATRE
The Junior League of Portland, ME founded the Children’s Theatre of Maine in 1926 and the Children's Museum in 1976, which together provide a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for children and their families.
KIDS FIRST CENTER
In 1998, the Junior League founded the Kids First Center to give children a neutral place where they can freely express their feelings about the separation or divorce of their parents and better understand the changes in their families.
THE BACKPACK PROGRAM
In 2010, the Junior League of Portland, ME, along with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, brought the BackPack Program to Greater Portland to provide food insecure children with easy-to-prepare meals during weekends and school vacation.
COMMUNITY GRANTS AND CHARTER FUNDING
The Junior League of Portland, ME has raised funds to support many community organizations over the decades, including the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Audubon Society, the Center for Grieving Children, and Preble Street Resource Center.
Find Out How You Can Help
We couldn't do all that we do without the help of the generous community of Portland. There are many ways in which you can get involved and be a part of our work. Here are few ways that you can support us and our community.
Your support enables us to provide critical funding and trained volunteer service hours for lasting, impactful change. Donate Today
Become a Sponsor
We recognize that to maintain the long-term growth of our organization and the constituencies we serve that it is essential to support a sound financial strategy. Our mission is critically tied to the money we receive and when you invest in the Junior League of Portland, ME we are able to expand your giving dollars by putting trained volunteers in areas of need to strengthen the communities we live in. Find out how