President’s Welcome

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Caroline Chance Earls

Welcome 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 health care 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 to help decrease food insecurity for children in Alachua County. For more than 25 years, we have hosted Miracle on Main Street, a “toy sale” in our community for families who might not otherwise have gifts for their children over the holidays. As part of our mission is developing the potential of women, we are investing in training engaged community volunteers and leaders. In the 2018-2019 League year, we sent over 50 women to leadership conferences or training to lead the charge for community transformation in impactful ways.

The success of our programs is made possible by the generous support of our members and the
community.

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

Caroline Chance Earls
President, 2019-2020
Junior League of Gainesville