Message from Our President

Welcome to the Junior League of Portland, ME. Since our founding on September 9, 1922 by twelve women with a powerful vision and with the support of our parent organization, the Association of Junior Leagues International, thousands of women have been empowered to become community leaders throughout the state of Maine.

Our current membership is a dynamic network of over 250 women of diverse backgrounds who are unified by their commitment to the mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. To learn more about our vision, values, and benefits of membership, please visit our Membership page or email us at info@jlpmaine.org.

For nearly a century, Junior League of Portland, ME members have successfully identified the evolving needs of our under-served communities and developed solutions to meet those needs. Many of our past programs continue to this day, including the Trauma Intervention Program now managed by Maine Behavioral Health, the BackPack Program now managed by Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the Flower Show now managed by the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association. Some of our programmatic and funding initiatives flourished into charitable organizations that have transformed Maine’s not-for-profit sector, including the Children Museum and Theatre of Maine, the Center for Grieving Children, and the Kids First Center.

Our legacy continues into the 21st century with the adoption of our current issue area, Reaching Youth At Risk. Together with our community partner, the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, we are working to provide resources, support and community involvement to neighborhoods in need. Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a community initiative operated by The Opportunity Alliance across Cumberland and York Counties in Maine, and its goals are to keep children and their families safe, engaged, and thriving in their communities and to decrease the number of children removed from homes.

The Junior League of Portland, ME's four focus areas include (1) providing basic needs to at-risk youth, (2) teaching youth to identify risky situations, (3) supplying youth with post-high school support, and (4) empowering families of at-risk youth.  League members have spent the last two years providing support to at-risk youth and families in Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook. Learn more about our current community impact programming efforts. 

To continue to meet the needs of our communities, the Junior League of Portland, ME depends on the support of its donors and sponsors. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the Junior League of Portland, ME has maintained its reputation as Maine’s premier women’s volunteer organization for over 95 years. Wish to make a donation and support our members? 

On behalf of all the women proudly serving as members of the Junior League of Portland, I thank you for your time as you consider all the ways in which you can help move our mission forward.

Shikha Vasaiwala
President, 2018-2019
president@jlpmaine.org