President’s Message


Jess Chapple, President

Determined. Impactful. Unstoppable.

Words that are synonymous with the Junior League of Wilmington.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Junior League of Wilmington!

The JLW is a dynamic nonprofit organization formed, managed, and empowered by women. We use our collective talents, strengths, and voices to improve our community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We are deeply dedicated to serving the Delaware community, developing the potential of women, and in return making a lasting difference on Delaware and every JLW member.

Each year, the JLW raises funds at our premiere fundraisers, Whale of a Sale and Kitchen Tour, which in return allow us to provide services through our community programs. Members of the JLW have tackled some of the most critical issues in our community for over 100 years– from founding the Delaware Adolescent Program in the 1960s and the Delaware Children’s Museum in the 1990s, and more recently spearheading the passage of Erin’s Law in Delaware in 2016.

In 2019, the JLW decided to tackle the issue of Period Equity in Delaware. Our initiative Stand Up. Period. aims to raise awareness of period equity and work towards ensuring individuals have affordable and equitable access to period supplies. You can learn more here.

Whether you are a member, partner, or sponsor of the JLW, we thank you for your commitment and support of our organization and our community! We would not be able to do what we do without you. Interested in supporting the JLW? You can read more here.

It is a great honor to hold the position as the 92nd President of the JLW for 2020-21. When I joined the JLW, I worked from home and wanted an opportunity to get out of the house and meet new friends; I stay in the organization because I am so passionate about the work we do and who the League has helped me become. What better place to continue to learn and grow than within a community of amazing women who share the same passion?

Our commitment to building better communities is at the core of our work, and we welcome all women who value our Mission. Please explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and hopefully, it inspires you as much as it does me! Join us today!

Jessica Chapple
JLW President