President’s Message

Since it’s founding in 1901 by New York City activist Mary Harriman, the Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 140,000 women and 291 Leagues in four countries.  For more than a century, the Junior League has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems – pollution, illiteracy, domestic violence, food insecurity – and finding solutions.

The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County (JLEFC) was founded in 1920 by 47 women committed to improving the lives of those in greatest need in the Greater Bridgeport area.  We have demonstrated that commitment for 99 years, creating a legacy and a tradition that I know will continue for another century to come.

The 250 women of the JLEFC are driven by our mission of promotion voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community.  Some of our League’s past projects are parts of organizations that continue to thrive in our community to this day. Our League was involved in the formation of the Discovery Museum, the Beardsley Zoo and the School Volunteer Association, to name a few.

Our organization is run almost entirely by volunteers.  Our members gain invaluable training and experience through the creation and implementation of our projects, which they go on to share with other organizations, businesses and non-profits as community and civic leaders.

In addition to providing community impact and training opportunities for our members, the League has always offered opportunities to create lifelong friendships among like-minded women with a passion for their community.


Kate Browning

President, JLEFC 2019 – 2020