President’s Welcome

Erin sitting in an office chairing wearing a black dressWelcome and thank you for visiting the Junior League of Gainesville. We are a nonprofit organization with over 400 trained women volunteers. For more than 80 years, our members have been dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community.

Since 1935, members of the Junior League of Gainesville have brought a diverse set of skills and life experience to a common goal of impacting our community in a meaningful way. It started with Mrs. James W. McCollum (later, Mrs. J.H. Palmer, and affectionately known as “Aunt Carrie”) and a small group of women who gathered on her front porch to plan and organize a Junior Welfare League. The early work consisted primarily of cooking and serving hot lunches to school children in need.

Since then, the Junior League of Gainesville has created a legacy of service to the Gainesville community, which has included facilitating dental and healthcare treatment for infants and children, establishing the Morningside Nature Center and Family Visitation Center, implementing children’s literacy and theater projects, and restoring the historic Thomas Center, to name a few.

Currently, our community impact focus is hunger. We work directly with the Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida and the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank to help decrease food insecurity for children in Alachua County. We also annually produce Miracle on Main Street, a celebration that provides holiday cheer, food, and gifts to brighten the holidays of families in need.

The success of our programs is made possible by the generous support of our members and the community. We invite you to attend our Fall Whale of Sale, a resale event featuring clothing, accessories, and home goods, on October 27, 2018, and the Tour of Kitchens, our signature event featuring a self-guided tour of some of Gainesville’s finest homes and kitchens, on March 16, 2019.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about our history, impact on the Gainesville community, and opportunities to join our efforts.

Erin Preston
2018-19 President, Junior League of Gainesville