SUMMIT, NJ - The Junior League of Summit (JLS), a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, is inviting community agencies to apply for the JLS Community Grants.  

The Junior League of Summit's community assistance goal is to affect positive community change through voluntarism by providing financial and member support to non-profit organizations serving Summit, Chatham, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights.
 
To receive a grant, community organizations must demonstrate a need that falls within the League's mission and, preferably within one of its current community focus areas: supporting local non-profit organizations and improving the lives of children.
 
 
Ideal applicants will be seeking support from Junior League member volunteers, in connection with the financial contribution.

Throughout the years, the Junior League of Summit has provided support to many community organizations through its grants. Last year’s grant recipients included the Big Wheel, Summit Senior Connections, Bridges Outreach, Inc., CASA of Union County, CONTACT We Care, Girls on the Run, the New Providence Education Foundation, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, SAGE Eldercare, The Connection, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Summit Area YMCA.
 
Grants awarded in 2015 exceed $50,000.

“The League’s community grants are an integral part of how we support our service area.  We appreciate the opportunity be at the forefront of burgeoning projects in our community,” said JLS President, Christine Yearing of New Providence.  She added, “The League greatly values its community grant program and proudly looks forward to continuing this tradition.”

This year’s community grants are made available through the generous support of the JLS members, community partners and sponsors, who collectively celebrated the League’s 85th anniversary through a gala that raised over $25,000. This sum was specifically earmarked for the League’s grant and scholarship offerings.  

“I truly appreciate the efforts of our Gala committee, headed by Erika Melchiorre of Summit, in putting together an event that was not only fun, but truly honored the accomplishments of the Junior League of Summit. Moreover, the money raised will contribute significantly towards our ability to continue to support our wonderful community partners for years to come,” said Jolie Steppe, 2014-15 JLS President.

Applications, which must be submitted by November 1, are available at jlsummit.com.