Hartford Junior League Show House!

April 20, 2009


People in the Junior League of Hartford have been very busy lately preparing for the Show House, an event that happens every three years. I’m a “Provisional” Junior League member meaning that it’s my first year and I’m still learning about the organization. Anyone who’s been around me lately knows that I am a huge advocate for this incredible organization and have had a really positive experience so far.

Many people either haven’t heard of the Junior League or don’t really know what it is or what we do.

The mission: The Junior League of Hartford is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The current focus of our efforts is aimed at alleviating hunger in the greater Hartford area. We do this through a number of different programs and initiatives that you can read about in full HERE.

The two main projects are:

The Backpack Program: Our members and Watkinson School students stuff backpacks full of food to get 35 hungry school children through the weekend. During our 2007-2008 year, we donated 486 volunteer hours to this program.

Freshplace: We are working with Chrysalis Center and Foodshare to build and staff an innovative food pantry to provide fresh, nutritional food and social services to the approximately 100,000 men, women and children at risk for hunger in this area. This is ground-breaking because other food pantries in our area do not provide fresh, nutritional foods or social services.
The location is the former Sealtest factory building. We are still in construction phase but hope to open the pantry sometime within the next 12 months.


In a Show House year a house is chosen (this year it’s a 1917 Colonial in Hartford’s historical West End) and interior designers, artists, and craftsmen volunteer their time and expertise to transform one of the rooms in their unique style. This year there are more than 36 spaces that are being re-decorated and it’s sure to be a HUGE transformation. Tickets are sold to the public to tour the house (it’s open from May 2-24) and the money from those ticket sales support our project work and programs.

Touring the Show House would be a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends and support a great cause.

You can buy tickets for $20 beforehand or $25 at the door. PURCHASE SOME ONLINE NOW, support a great cause, AND have fun!

Thanks for your support!

Orchard Cove Photography

They’ll be a new provisional class starting in September – you can find out more on the website. xoxo

Robin Dini Photography

I absolutely would love to tour the show house and would love to get involved with the backpack program as well if you are looking for new recruits 🙂

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