The Junior League of Bronxville is Committed to Volunteerism in Local Communities

By Karen Talbot

May 31, 2023: The Junior League of Bronxville (the "JLB"), established in 1948, is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Membership in the Junior League of Bronxville is open to women who live or work within the five communities it serves, which include Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers.

The League's outreach is guided by its membership and community partners and is focused on implementing collaborative and impactful service projects that meet some of the most critical needs in the service area.

This past March, the Junior League of Bronxville celebrated its 75th Anniversary at a benefit at the Bronxville Field Club with the theme "Mosaic of Members & Mission." Over 150 members and supporters attended and celebrated the impact of this wonderful organization within the local service areas.

Here is a recap of the Junior League of Bronxville over the decades:

The 1940s: Volunteers sewed for the Red Cross, sponsored a mobile library cart at Lawrence Hospital, ran social events for seniors, and helped at a well-baby clinic.

The 1950s: Members created a Musical Therapy Program for children with cerebral palsy called "Musical Participation." Around 1,000 children from Westchester orphanages enjoyed a performance of Hansel & Gretel at the Eastchester High School by the Children's Theatre Group.

The 1960s: In 1963, the Junior League of Bronxville celebrated its 15th Anniversary. The League used profits from its volunteer-run Penny Wise Shop in Mount Vernon to provide free French language, art appreciation, and creative writing classes to local children.

The 1970s: The Junior League of Bronxville partnered with the Yonkers Court Assistance Program for Abused Spouses and established a domestic violence task force.

The 1980s: In 1981, Junior League of Bronxville member Bissie Jansen suggested a focus on compassionate end-of-life care, which led to the creation of a hospice task force and ultimately to the founding of the Jansen Memorial Hospice, which continues to serve the local community today under the name "Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care."

The 1990s: The Junior League of Bronxville helped in founding the Bereavement Center of Westchester and "The Tree House," a special program for children grieving the loss of a parent or sibling. The League also hosted a lecture series titled "Women in the 90's: New Directions and Responsibilities."

The 2000s: During the Spring of 2020, the Junior League of Bronxville's "Feeding the Frontlines" program raised over $55,000 to purchase meals from restaurants struggling during the pandemic lockdown to deliver to first responders such as medical professionals, police and fire departments, public works departments and others. During this time, the Junior League of Bronxville also created the Cara Kealy Scholarship in honor of Kealy, a long-time member who passed away in 2013. In addition, it created the Erica Sevilla Scholarship in honor of Sevilla, a former President of the Junior League Bronxville who passed away in 2019.

The JLB also has a number of ongoing community outreach projects, including:

Mobile Food Pantry: Since 2014, the JLB, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, has funded a refrigerated truck stocked with fresh food items. This truck arrives at Parker Elementary School and the Beulah Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mount Vernon every month, and League members distribute the food.

Book Nook: In 2022, the JLB established a bi-monthly after-school reading program at the Eastchester Community Action Partnership ("ECAP") in Tuckahoe. JLB members read with children to share enthusiasm for books and to promote a love of reading.
Joyful Closets:  In 2022, the JLB Joyful Closet was formed in partnership with Bundles of Joy and the Edward Williams School in Mount Vernon.  The closet is filled with items for children such as school supplies, clothing, blankets, sheets, and toiletries.
Cooking For a Cause Members gather to cook meals and then deliver them to soup kitchens, such as CSA in Mount Vernon and the YMCA of Yonkers.
The Junior League of Bronxville Dorm Drive:  Since 2013, members assist girls heading off to college to shop for needed items.
If you are interested in becoming a member you can email the Junior Leage Bronxville at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

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