President’s Message

The Junior League of Miami is celebrating its 95th anniversary. Since 1926, our League has served the Miami community, focusing on women and children at-risk. We are an all-volunteer, all- women’s organization made up of over 600 members of all ages and backgrounds. We welcome all women who value our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community.

We are leaders, philanthropists, and advocates seeking to actively lead the charge to evoke change and improve the lives of women and children at-risk. As trained volunteers, we are here to empower one another to be the change and help enrich the lives of those within our community.

Since March 2020, we have seen tremendous devastation across the globe and in our country. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted society in a way that the modern world has never witnessed. There is no doubt that this pandemic has presented our League with unprecedented challenges but I can say with confidence that because of the strong dedicated women we are and our drive to be leaders in our community, it is in times like this that we feel most inspired to overcome the obstacles in our way and do everything possible to assist those who need us most.

Over the years, we have supported our Miami community in transitional housing facilities, homeless shelters, hospitals, schools, and libraries. We have served the abused, the malnourished, and the homeless. We advocate improving the welfare of women and children. Some of our programs have grown into major institutions, including the Children’s Home Society and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Our League’s signature project, Inn Transition North (ITN) and Inn Transition South (ITS), was conceived with Miami Dade County and has been in operation for more than 30 years. The facilities provide shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children for up to 24 months. Providing programming to the women and children at ITN and ITS remains as one of our top priorities.

As the needs in our community evolve, we are challenged to shift our priorities to meet these needs. Last year we embarked on a two-year program to assist our League in identifying our community’s greatest need while incorporating our resources and organization’s capacity. At the close of year one of this important initiative, our members voted to focus our area of impact to reduce food insecurity for women and children at risk. In year two, we will develop programming and identify partnership organizations.

As we embark on this next chapter, I invite you to take action in the following ways:

  • To support our 501c3 organization, donate as an individual donor.
  • To fund community programs and the leadership development of women, partner with us, as a corporate sponsor.
  • To inquire about membership, join us at our next New Member Event.

Our League has thrived and made a meaningful impact in our community over the past 95 years because of our members, donors, and volunteers. I hope you will join me this year in support of our organization to ensure we continue this momentum for another 95 years! As Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

Thank you for your continuous support.

Warm regards,

Angela Carrillo

President 2021-2022