NYJL celebrates Mary Harriman’s Birthday Party Tonight
For nearly 115 years the New York Junior League has been committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Tonight we will celebrate Mary Harriman and the seed she planted when she started her work with the Settlement Houses on the Lower East Side, as well as the flourishing organization that is the New York Junior League today.
Mary Harriman was moved by the deprivation she saw in New York City. And she did something about it. At the age of 19 in 1901, she encouraged 80 young women to go into the settlement houses and do hands-on social work among those in need and formed the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements.
In her time, she took on some of NYC’s toughest and most critical issues. She believed that the Junior League was organized as a means of expressing the feelings of social responsibility for conditions which surround us.
And it has been up to us to continue that legacy. And indeed, we have—for nearly 115 years.
Tonight is not just a celebration of Mary Harriman and the New York Junior League’s rich history, but also a celebration of each of your contributions to our legacy and our future.
Like Mary Harriman, we all find ourselves linked together here by spirit, courage, a love of our community, and the wish to make a difference that has helped us each turn our compassion into action for 115 years.
The 3,000 volunteers that will donate more than 250,000 hours to the community and have raised over 1.6 million dollars last year alone are part of the legacy that Mary Harriman left to the world that continues to impact our community today.
Happy Birthday Mary!