Our History (JLLI)

January 1951
Formation of the corporation to be known as The North Shore Service League, Inc.

February 1951
Grand opening of The Junior Exchange Shop

1951 – 1952
First edition of Shorelines published

1956 – 1957
Orientation courses for new members started

1959 – 1960
Option to buy exercised on building at 1395 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn to serve as Junior Exchange and League Headquarters

1962 – 1963
Accepted as a member of AJLI

March 6, 1963
Change of name from The North Shore Service League, Inc. to The Junior League of the North Shore of Long Island, Inc.

1976 – 1977
Community Youth Services Center opened in town of Oyster Bay
Emphasis on advocacy against violence on children’s TV initiated

1977 – 1978
Initiated CAP, Child Abuse Prevention, parenting education program for high school students at 14 school on Long Island.
Established Y.E.S., Youth Environmental Services, crisis intervention counseling for youth in Massapequa area.
Established Mad Hatters, a reading encouragement program for elementary school children, at local libraries.

1978 – 1979
Formed the Nassau Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect

1980 – 1981
Community Advisory Board established
Center for Parents and Children at Glen Cove, Inc. established in coalition with Glen Cove Community Hospital.
Discovery Room, a hands-on museum experience for children, opened in conjunction with William Cullen Bryant exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts.

October 1982
Name changed from The Junior League of the North Shore of Long Island, Inc. to The Junior League of Long Island, Inc.

1983 – 1984
Community Service Fund established

1986 – 1987
Education/Training hosted the first Volunteer Merit Awards Luncheon honoring community volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

1990 – 1991
Project HOME provided household goods for low-income housing and began mentoring

1995 – 1996
First Women of Achievement Benefit Dinner/Fashion Show was held honoring Deborah Norville.

1997 – 1998
First year of participation in the Americana’s Champions for Charity holiday shopping event

1999 – 2000
First year of Parents for Children 2000, worked with the Long Island Children’s Museum and PACE (Parent and Child Education Center) to offer parenting workshops to Long Island’s under served population in the Museum’s informal, educational environment.

2000 – 2001
50th Anniversary Gala raised $10,000 for Long Island Cares for hunger relief

2001 – 2002
This was a year like no other. Our “safe” Long Island world was shattered and changed forever. Our League sisters suffered painful losses due to September 11.




League members descended upon Ground Zero to assist in food preparation for the rescue workers and we all tried to volunteer with more patience and understanding than ever before.
Launch of Caring Kids, a school violence prevention program aimed at the youngest and most impressionable school children – kindergartners and first graders
The Thrift Shop had a banner year thanks, in part, to the generous gift of 4,000 units from Tommy Hilfiger

2002 – 2003
Ten Community Service Grants were awarded for a total of approximately $9,500.