VERONA, NJ -  The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona recently wrapped up a very successful year and received several honors at the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs convention in May.

The Juniors’ 2014-2015 fundraising efforts benefited from tremendous community support and enabled the club to donate $12,000 to Verona organizations, such as our fire department, rescue squad, library and PBA. These donations include funds for all of the local schools, elementary through high school, as well as three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors Bradley Smith, Kyle Kazonfer and Amanda Morden.

In addition, the Juniors coordinated two town-wide food drives that collected 890 bags of food for the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair and an additional $2,000 in donations for that organization.

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At the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs convention, the club was recognized with top honors for its outstanding activities related to fundraising and leadership, and received recognition for the work done as an advocate for children.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona also grew its membership base this year, adding 18 members. “It’s exciting to see so many women join our organization who are committed to helping those in need in our community and supporting Verona’s schools and non-profit organizations,” said Christine McGrath, the club’s president.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is a versatile organization that has been involved in social and charitable work since its inception in 1926. The Juniors address Verona’s diverse needs by promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, working on behalf of the elderly and people with disabilities, supporting participation in the arts and advocating for issues of concern to women, children and families.

Anyone interested in learning more about this very active organization of women should visit www.veronajuniors.org. Prospective members also are welcome at business meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month (except April, July, August and December) at 8 p.m. in the Verona Community Center.