President’s Message

President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Wilmington! On behalf of our membership, a diverse powerhouse of over 300 civic leaders and trained volunteers, I extend my warmest greetings.

The Junior League of Wilmington is a non-profit organization founded in 1918 focused on the development and training of women. We welcome women of all ages and backgrounds. We are part of an international association of over 295 Junior Leagues with more than 125,000 Members in five countries. All Junior Leagues are united in a shared mission of advancing women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

For over 100 years, the Members of the Junior League of Wilmington have used their collective talents, strengths, and voices to improve our community. A lot has changed in the past 100 years, but our mandate has not wavered: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but also change the way people think. This past year we re-imagined our major fundraising event, learned to collaborate and connect virtually, and continued to provide period supplies throughout our community as part of our Stand Up. Period. initiative. I can’t wait to see what our Members do next!

We would not be able to do all that we do in the absence of support from Members and donors. Whether you choose to support our organization by attending an event, with a donation or by joining as a Member, you ensure the Junior League of Wilmington’s vision for women as catalysts for lasting community change endures.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in and support of us! Follow us on social media to stay up to date on all JLW happenings (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn). Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, or thoughts at

With thanks and appreciation,

Melissa Marlin
President, June 2021 – December 2022