History

Historic Timeline 

The Junior League of Summit is proud to honor the organizations funded and founded during our seven decades of service.  Here are some highlights of our years of service to the communities of Berkeley Heifhts, Chatham, New Providence and Summit.

The 1930s - A Strong Beginning

1930-1931

The League starts the first corps of volunteers at Overlook Hospital

1932-1933

The League initiates the Motor Corps – Volunteers drive the needy to welfare agencies and settlement houses

1933-1934

The League Thrift Shop is acquired

 

The 1940s - Emphasis on Community and the War Years

1940-1941

The League raises funds for the Summit Home for Children

1944-1945

Provisional Class Project establishes a Mental Hygiene Clinic at Overlook

1944-1946

League members volunteer at and provide refreshments for the service men at Camp Kilmer, including USO dances.

 

The 1950s – Settling into 37 DeForest

1950-1951

The League Consignment Shop opens

1952-1953

The League Thrift Shop moves to 37 DeForest Avenue

1952-1955

The League celebrates 25 years with the Silver Anniversary Ball.
The League establishes the Summit Child Care Center

 

The 1960s – Impacting the Community

1960-1962

The League provides volunteers at the Summit Free Public Library and Runnells Hospital

1961-1962

League organizes and funds the Summit First Aid Squad

1963-1964

League establishes Y.E.S. – Youth Employment Service

1965-1966

JLS funds the Community Pre-School at St. John’s Lutheran Church

1966-1967

JLS establishes the Santa Claus Shop
JLS initiates Meals on Wheels for SAGE


The 1970s – Working Together

1970-1971

JLS establishes the Spanish-Speaking Program for Family Service Association

1971-1972

JLS donates seed money to establish the Teen Arts Festival

1976-1977

JLS donates Jaws of Life to the Summit Fire Department

1977-1978

JLS establishes the Summit Area Community School

1978-1979

JLS establishes Caring Kids Program

 

The 1980s – Performing Many Services

1983-1984

JLS donates seed money for TV-36 “Communities on Cable”
LARKS become a strong singing force in our communities singing for local nursing homes.

1984-1985

JLS establishes Senior Connections – bus service for senior citizens

1985-1986

The Dining Room is funded at Children’s Specialized Hospital

1986-1987

JLS funds Resource Center for Women
JLS develops Kids On The Block program

1987-1990

JLS provides funding to American Red Cross, YMCA, NJYouth Symphony and Area Historical Societies

                                   

The 1990s – Building the Next Generation

1990-1991

JLS builds the new Memorial Field Playground

1991-1992

JLS develops Women to Woman, Help for the Homeless, and a teen volunteer after school program for Summit High School students

1992-1993

JLS develops STOP (Substances Taking Over People)

1994-1995

JLS develops Peace Camps – conflict resolution programs for children

1996-1997

JLS builds the new Mabie Playground

1999-2000

JLS establishes the JLS Community Project Endowment Fund

 

The 2000s – Women Building Better Communities

2000-2001

JLS is selected as Outstanding Community Organization in Philanthropy by the NJ Chapter of Fundraising Executives

2002-2003

JLS hosts “Walk for Remembrance” and raised $50,000 for 911 victims
JLS purchases SAFE Home to support women and children who are victims of domestic abuse

2004-2005

JLS goes online!

2005-2006

JLS sponsored statewide conference on human trafficking
JLS creates new library for the Summit Speech School
JLS purchases second SAFE Home
JLS provisional members create the Special Olympics of New Jersey

 

The 2010s – Supporting local Non-Profits 

2010-2011

JLS community grant allocation was doubled to $40,000 to celebrate 80 year anniversary

2011-2012

JLS launches signature project, Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) providing kits and training to four local preschools

2012-2013

JLS provisional members create a children’s garden at Jefferson Primary School

2014-2015

JLS launched a Capital Campaign raising $200,000
JLS holds a 85th Anniversary Gala raising $25,000 for the Annual Fund

2015-2016

JLS undergoes a much-needed renovation at 37 DeForest Ave. while the shop stays open at the Canterbury House while grants, projects and scholarships proceed as usual.

 

Organizations the JLS has founded:

Summit Child Care Centers
Summit First Aid Squad
Summit Speech School
Summit Area Community School
Senior Connections Bus Service
SAGE – Meals on wheels Program
Family Service Association – Spanish Speaking Program and Santa Claus Shop
Y.E.S.
Caring Kids Program – Summit Public Schools
Memorial Field Playground
Mabie Playground
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