Letter from Stephanie Helline, JLSC President
This year The Junior League of Stark County (JLSC) is celebrating 80 years of service and making a difference in the community. The Junior Service was founded in 1915 by 12 women with an idea to service the community. We became recognized as The Junior League of Canton in February, 1937.
For 80 years, JLSC has provided service to the community including projects with both Aultman and Mercy Hospitals, The Children’s Network, and many non-profit organizations. Through the years, JLSC members have logged countless hours helping focus areas including literacy, childhood development, women and children, and nutrition. The JLSC was also influential in long standing community projects including the Mother Goose Land Exhibit, and the installation of the Foucault Pendulum and the Planetarium Dome at the McKinley Museum. In recent years, we have partnered with organizations like Habitat ReStore, Pregnancy Support Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, and The Martin Center. This year we begin the 2nd year of our partnership with The Martin Center (TMC). Active and Sustaining members continue to serve meals and we are working with TMC to incorporate a high capacity kitchen so meals can be prepared and stored onsite to serve kids in the community. Additionally, we are reaching out to other organizations to lend a hand and offer support. Already this year, League members have worked at Habitat ReStore, volunteered at Early Childhood Resource Center’s Big Big Really Big Toybox event, and volunteered at the Community Harvest sponsored Harvest Moon Run.
In addition to the community impact piece, our Mission is also to encourage the Professional Development of Women. We have recognized outstanding women in the community for 70 years through our annual Women of the Year event. Three years ago we began the Junior Leaders Community Service Grant to encourage voluntarism and develop the potential of young women and to provide funding for community service projects led by girls in grades K – 12 in Stark County.
With the strength of our Active and Sustaining members, we are able to build on our past events, empower each other, and and continue to improve and make a difference in our community and in the lives of our members. Thank you for supporting The Junior League of Stark County. I encourage you to learn more about us by exploring our website or by following us on social media.