Junior League of Portland Celebrates 110 Years of Service




The money was raised through a capital campaign to honor the League’s history of tackling large community issues and making lasting positive change in the Portland area

PORTLAND, OREGON: MAY 22, 2020 –  On Friday, May 29, the Junior League of Portland (JLP) is honoring its 110 year anniversary and history by presenting $110,000 to support New Avenues for Youth (NAFY), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Due to the city-wide stay-at-home order in Portland, the check presentation event will look different than originally planned and take place virtually at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and can be viewed by visiting www.jlpdx.org.

The money was raised through a capital campaign, the “1910 Campaign and Fund” to celebrate the League’s legacy of bringing together women volunteers to tackle big issues and make a positive change in their community. Since 1910 the League has provided countless volunteer hours to launch much-needed programs and initiatives to protect the underserved and has prepared generations of local women for a lifetime of civic leadership. The money raised will ensure the longevity of services at NAFY’s Youth Opportunity Center in East Multnomah County such as supports for youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness; programming for LGBTQ youth, youth in foster care, and youth involved in sex trafficking.

“Choosing strong partners to tackle current community needs and making the most of these partnerships is core to how we lead and produce leaders at the Junior League of Portland,” says League President Gina Roman. “At this time homelessness in our city is an increasingly visible problem. NAFY provides wrap-around services for at-risk youth experiencing homelessness from meals and counseling to education and job-readiness skills – all of which are inline with JLP’s mission to improve the community.”

Event Details:

  • 6:30 p.m. – Welcome by Gina Roman, Junior League President
  • 6:45 p.m. – Sean Suib, New Avenues for Youth Executive Director
  • 7:00 p.m. – Unveiling of a new painting that will memorialize the partnership and hang in the NAFY Youth Opportunity Center in East Multnomah County


About the Junior League of Portland

Since its founding in 1910, the Junior League of Portland has served the needs of the community while educating and developing volunteer leaders in the Portland area— over one hundred years dedicated to irreplaceable community programs and committed voluntarism. Currently, the League is the fourth oldest in the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) and the first on the west coast.

The Junior League has been the driving force behind the kinds of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live. Junior League members, reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits, work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Find more information at www.jlpdx.org or call 503-877-4JLP. Follow us on Facebook at Junior League of Portland, Twitter and Instagram: @JuniorLeaguePDX.

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