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About the JWL

In 1933 seven dynamic and caring women gathered around a kitchen table to discuss what they could do to help their neighbors in need.  With that meeting, The Junior Welfare League of Huntington was formed and from that day forward countless women have given their time and their hearts to help the less fortunate of our community feed their children and maintain a roof over their heads.

Throughout the years the League has grown, starting new programs and expanding others. Today we provide financial assistance to the residents of Huntington Township in several meaningful ways. What has not changed is that we are still a small group of women−all local residents−who believe volunteerism is not just a responsibility but a privilege.  The League is a grass-roots organization with no national affiliation.   

Our Mission

In Huntington For Huntington Since 1933.

The JWL of Huntington has served those in need throughout Huntington Township for more than 80 years. It is comprised of a small group of women-all local residents, all volunteers - who believe volunteerism is not just a responsibility but also a privilege. The League is a grassroots organization with no national affiliation. All event proceeds go straight back into the community to directly benefit our neighbors in need.

A Look Back at 2020...


In 2020, even with Covid changing the way we work, we successfully...

- Celebrated the recipients of our Youth in Philanthropy and Healthcare Scholarship Awards
- Sent over a dozen at-risk youth to summer camp
- Provided over 200 local school children with brand new backpacks and school supplies
- Engaged our Junior JWL (JJWL) as often as possible, providing young school-age women with opportunities to engage in charitable activities and inspire a new generation of philanthropy in our community
- Coordinated the sponsorship of 530 local children (217 familes) to ensure they and their families have Christmas mornings filled with hope, joy, promise & presents
- "Lifted" familes in need back on their feet by fulfilling one-time financial needs through our Lift Fund grant program


Board of Directors 

   Leslie Levchuck

   Secretary / VP, Membership
   Inna Gellerman

   VP, Lift Fund & Seasonal Charities
   Adria Dodge


   Kathy Terry   

   VP, Communication
   Andrea Boccard

Our Core Programs include:    

The Lift Fund
Our most important program is the Lift Fund. Established in 1956, The Lift Fund was so named because it provides a crucial boost to individuals by granting them one-time financial aid.  Our recipients are usually independent families whose means are insufficient to see them through an unexpected crisis.

Money from this fund has helped “lift” hundreds of Huntington residents out of emergency situations by providing funds to pay hospital, medical, and dental bills, mortgage and rent payments, food, clothing, and utility bills and a variety of other expenses.

Camp for Kids
Having a special interest in the needs of children, each year the League pays camp expenses for dozens of children who otherwise would not be able to attend camp and would be left to fend for themselves during the summer months. Generally, these children come from difficult domestic environments and benefit greatly from the experience of having a safe haven, guaranteed daily meals and the carefree joy of childhood.

Holiday Charities

In late November each member sponsors a Huntington child/children and provides him or her gifts of food, clothing, toys, household items and gift cards to grocery and department stores. Through the Holiday Charities program the League is able to provide families with all the trimmings for a truly memorable holiday.

Backpacks for Success
This joint program with the Town of Huntington sends kids back to school well prepared with their heads held high and ready to learn. Using supply lists from local schools, the League coordinates the purchase of hundreds of backpacks filled with new school supplies for local children who live at or below the poverty line.

The Charitable Children Fund
A junior and more informal version of our Lift Fund, the Charitable Children Fund provides necessary and immediate small-scale resources to a child or teen in time of need. Monies are generated through various grassroots fundraising efforts of young people and donations from our supporters.

The JUNIOR Junior Welfare League
Founded by The League in 2010, the JUNIOR Junior Welfare League (JJWL) is a hands-on charitable club for girls in grades 6-12.  The goal of the JJWL is to light a spark of volunteerism in its young members and to teach them how to help others in this community and whatever community they find themselves in throughout their lives.  Members perform community service at various locations around Huntington each month.

The Diane C. Cook Memorial Health Care Fund Scholarship &
The Youth in Philanthropy Award

The Diane C. Cook Memorial Health Care Fund Scholarship, also established in 1956, provides scholarships to individuals dedicated to nursing and its related professions.  Awards are given yearly and are based on financial need and scholastic aptitude.  The Youth in Philanthropy Award, our newest award, is presented yearly to a local High school senior in recognition of her dedication to philanthropy and community service.

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