Who are we?
We are the very fabric of your community. The Junior League is an international organization that has served local communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers for more than one hundred years. Because of our training, we are the current and future leaders and members of other community service agencies and boards.Our story begins in 1901, when Mary Harriman, together with 85 other women, founded the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements in New York City. The name was later shortened to the Junior League. Early League projects included establishment of orphanages, programs in the arts, dental health for children, home nursing, parks and playgrounds. The organization became international when the Junior League of Montreal joined in 1912. We began as the Fenton League and became the Junior League of Oakland in February 1935, with a charter membership of 61. In 1974, the name of the League became the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay to reflect the expansion of the League's membership and service area.
Today we are called the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (JLOEB) with our membership growing to nearly 500. Since its inception 80 years ago, our League has contributed over seven million volunteer service hours and launched six non-profits into our community, including:
- The East Bay Children's Theatre
- Junior Center of Art and Science
- Volunteer Center of Contra Costa County (currently known as Volunteer Center of the East Bay)
- Oakland Volunteer Bureau (currently known as Volunteer Center of the East Bay)
- Family Stress Center
- Super Stars Literacy
These organizations are serving the community today because the women of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay recognized needs and took action. The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay is a dynamic, non-profit organization that continues to touch the lives of countless individuals and influence the success of many community programs. From teaching children the value of healthy diet choices to assisting victims of domestic violence to tutoring children to help fight illiteracy, we are over 600 motivated women who work to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve our community everyday.
Current Membership for JLOEB
- 115 Active Members
- 27 Provisional Members
- 314 Sustainer Members
- 456 Total Members
The Association of Junior Leagues International
The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is made up of 294 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Formed in 1921 by member Junior Leagues, the Association exists to add value to Junior Leagues in their fulfillment of the Junior League Mission - to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective actions and leadership of trained volunteers.
AJLI is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization - all programs and activities are supported by membership dues, foundation and corporate grants and revenue-producing initiatives. It is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, all of whom are members of the Junior Leagues in their communities.