The Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. is part of an international organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The Junior League: Women around the world as catalysts for lasting community change.
In 1916, the Junior Welfare League of Newburgh was founded by five young women to better develop aid to charitable community agencies. September, 1916, saw the League actually organized with officers and sixteen charter members.
In 1922, the Junior Welfare League was invited to join the Association of Junior Leagues of America and in so doing, henceforth became known as the Junior League of Newburgh, Inc.
In 1928, the Middletown Unit of the Junior League of Newburgh was founded. Thirteen young Middletown women took the provisional course in League background to carry out the philosophy of the Junior League in Middletown.
In 1973, the Junior League of Newburgh and the Middletown Unit combined to form the Junior League of Orange County New York, Inc.
The purpose of Junior League is:
TO TRAIN every member to be an efficient volunteer.
TO FIND and fulfill community needs.
TO SUPPORT needed community projects through volunteer service and financial aid.
TO EDUCATE every League member to be a responsible citizen.