Who We Are

The Junior League of Halifax, Inc. is a volunteer organization of women over the age of 19, committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., a women’s organization representing over 190,000 members internationally.

The League develops projects in direct response to recognized needs in the community relating to our child/youth focus area. We then initiate projects, either on our own or in collaboration with other agencies and give financial, administrative and volunteer support based on the program’s annual assessment.

Our History

The Junior League of Halifax was establish and admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues of America on February 11, 1933 and formally incorporated in 1935. The objects of the League were to foster interest among its members in the social, economic, cultural, and civic conditions of their community, and to make efficient their volunteer service.

Our first community projects were: ~ Children’s Theatre ~ Halifax Children’s Library ~Port Nursery ~ Social Service Index ~ VG Hospital Library

During World War I, Junior Leagues across America play an active role, selling bonds and working in Army hospitals.

During World War II, Junior League members play a major role in the war effort by chairing hundreds of war-related organizations in virtually every city where Junior Leagues operate. Canadian and U.S. League members serve overseas. Junior League of Nashville member, Cornelia Fort, becomes the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty while on a training mission with the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Oveta Culp Hobby, a Houston League member, leads the Women’s Army Corps.

The Junior League of Halifax started the following services to the Halifax community during these years:  ~ The Bargain Box ~ “Up and Down The Scales” Music Program ~ The Bargain Box ~ Speech Therapy Clinic for Children ~ Audio Aids for Children ~ The Immunization Clinic

Our Projects

The League develops projects in direct response to recognized needs in the community. Projects are initiated either on our own or in collaboration with other agencies, and give financial, administrative, and volunteer support based on the program’s annual assessment

2010s:  • Kids in the Kitchen • Healthy Families • Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) • Youth Run Club • Amanda’s Gift • Cooking workshop at the Phoenix Youth Program • Dinners for the Ronald McDonald Family Room

2000s:  • Backpacks for Kids • Laing House • Kids in the Kitchen • Healthy Families • Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM)

1990s:  • The Home Ecology Project • Local Chapter of the Kid’s Help Phone • The Black Heritage Trail • The Volunteer Resource Centre • Voices for Children- A Speakers Bureau

1980s:  • Extra Support for Parents • Buckle Up Baby • Bethany Home Program • Telecare for Seniors • Concert Series For Children • Progress Centre For Early Intervention • Personal Safety Project • Homes For The Holidays • Woman To Woman Rehabilitation Program

1970s:  • Family Planning Association • AHOY Magazine • Volunteers In Probation • Community Resource File

1960s:  • Follies • The Day Care Nursery • The Learning Disabilities Clinic • Audio Visual Screening Program • The Museum Project • Halifax Walking Tour Brochure

1950s:  • New Leaf Enterprises • Senior Citizen’s Club • Children’s Theatre

1940s:  • “Up and Down The Scales” Music Program • The Bargain Box • Speech Therapy Clinic for Children • Audio Aids for Children • The Immunization Clinic

1930s:  • Port Nursery • Social Service Index • V.G. Hospital Library • Children’s Theatre • Halifax Children’s Library

How to Join

You can contact us by emailing membership@juniorleagueofhalifax.org