The Junior League of Greensboro began a focused approach for greater community impact in June 2013 by partnering with Cone Elementary, a Title I elementary school within the Guilford County School System, located in northeast Greensboro. After partnering with Cone Elementary for three school years, the League voted on a new impact area in 2016: aging. The League is excited to begin working with local organizations on issues such as housing, food assistance, financial elder abuse awareness, and respite and fitness programs.
Are you interested in partnering with the Junior League of Greensboro for the 2018–2019 year?
We are currently accepting proposals for community programs that focus on issues surrounding aging within Guilford County. All community programs selected must benefit the aging population in some way. Request for Proposal documents are available on our website, and you may direct questions to JLGProjects@gmail.com.
The League is hosting a grant-seeker information session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at our headquarters located at 3101 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408.
The Junior League of Greensboro is excited to welcome 42 provisional members for the 2017–2018 League Year. This group of women, ranging in age from 21–51, represents career fields such as biotech, education, nursing, dietetics, and commercial chocolate production sales.
Provisionals gathered on August 26 for the League’s annual “Super Saturday” event to learn more about the upcoming year.
The provisional class will again share a year together learning about the League and giving back to the community. The class will spend time in the Bargain Box, at Touch a Truck and the Women’s Leadership Summit, and will also engage with our community program placements throughout the semester.
Spring provisional meetings will provide the opportunity to work together in groups to plan a meeting about leadership, a volunteer opportunity in the community, and a social night together. We are hopeful this will be engaging and fun for everyone. Welcome, Junior League of Greensboro 2017–2018 Provisional Class!
Suzanne Plihcik of the Junior League of Greensboro (NC) has been recognized for a lifetime of outstanding service, both as a League member and as an advocate for racial equity, by The Association of Junior Leagues International with the 2017 Mary Harriman Award for Community Leadership. The award, which is The Junior League’s most prestigious, was made at AJLI’s 95th Annual Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul on May 19.
Ms. Plihcik joins such past Mary Harriman Award winners as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Martha Rivers Ingram, chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees and a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts; Karen Cullen Luke, lifelong civic leader in Oklahoma City and vice chair of the committee that built The Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum; Florence Shapiro, a long-time member of the Texas Senate; Samira Modad, a tireless advocate for public health and education initiatives in Mexico; Lyda Hall, a noted Texas philanthropist; as well as last year’s winner, Martha Strayer Russel of the Junior League of Toronto.
“Anyone who doubts the ability of committed Junior League members to create lasting civic impact has obviously never met Suzanne Plihcik,” said AJLI President Carol Scott. “Like Mary Harriman, Suzanne stepped outside of an inherited cultural role, working to guide others to understand, and address, racism as the root cause of many issues facing our country today.”
Ms. Plihcik joined the Junior League of Greensboro in 1982 at a time when Guilford County was considering merging its three school districts – and race was a central issue. Met with passionate opposition, the merger would not take place for another decade. Chosen as one of 20 community members to study the potential merger and communicate their findings to the Guilford County Commissioners, the work that Ms. Plihcik and the other committee members put into the early years ultimately contributed to a smooth transition.
For Ms. Plihcik, however, the experience led her to continue to question the traditional problem-solving approach of identifying a problem and then creating a top-down solution. She also came to believe that those who want to influence and change public policy on issues like school integration need first to understand the racial bias that impacts all systems—not just education but also outcomes in healthcare and law enforcement interaction.
From there, Ms. Plihcik began a journey that has made her into one of the foremost white anti-racism speakers and advocates in our country. Among her many achievements was the co-founding, in 2008, of the Racial Equity Institute, an alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders devoted to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems.
About the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award
In 1901, a 19-year-old debutante with a social conscience rallied 80 of her peers to improve the squalid living conditions of immigrants on New York City’s Lower East Side, forming the first Junior League. Eighty-nine years later, in 1990, the AJLI Board of Directors created the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award as a way of recognizing an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts embody Mary Harriman’s pioneering spirit, her sense of social responsibility, and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer action. It serves as a modern-day link to our rich heritage—and to the tradition Mary began.