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After 100 years of giving, the Junior Aid Society dissolves

After 100 years of giving, the Junior Aid Society dissolves
press release
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Marblehead, MA – After more than 100 years of supporting charities for women and children on the North Shore, the Junior Aid Society, a nonprofit based in Marblehead, has announced that it is retiring its name and transferring the organization’s remaining funds to The Women’s Fund of Essex County.

“As a former Junior Aid member, I have great appreciation and respect for the contributions Junior Aid made to our community,” said The Women’s Fund Vice President Lynn Bryant. “I am honored that The Women’s Fund has been chosen as the recipient of Junior Aid’s remaining funds, and we will put them to good use as part of our granting process.”

The original mission of the Junior Aid Society, founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1927, was to help the impoverished children of Lynn. Over the years, the mission and scope of the organization grew with local need, despite many challenges. It survived war, a swiftly changing economy and periodic drops in membership. Thanks to the dedication of its members – all local women motivated to help those in need – in the last 20 years, the Junior Aid Society has sponsored many fundraising events, such as Marblehead’s Beach to Beach 5K, and distributed grants totaling over $250,000 to North Shore charities, including Beverly Bootstraps, Girls, Inc., RAW Art Works, Marblehead Counseling Center, Lynn Community Health Center and many more.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Essex County’s 750,000 residents. Founded in 2003, The Women’s Fund aims to create social change for women and girls in need or at risk. Since it’s inception, The Women’s Fund has awarded over $1.3 million to over 90 nonprofit programs directly benefiting thousands of women and girls across Essex County. The Women’s Fund will use the remaining Junior Aid funds to support local programming that helps women and girls make a sustainable difference in their lives. For Junior Aid members, this natural alliance between the two organizations provides an opportunity for Junior Aid’s important work to continue.

"I am thrilled to see our mission continuing under the direction of The Women’s Fund,” said Liz Bradley, a member and past president of Junior Aid. “Junior Aid was an organization that helped introduce me to other local women with an interest in charitable work and giving back. I made great friends, learned about the needs of my community and participated in wonderful events. I believe The Women’s Fund is the perfect place to launch a new life for Junior Aid’s mission and know with full confidence that our funds will have a tremendous impact for those in need.”

“I am proud to have been a part of an organization that has put in many volunteer hours and effort into supporting women and children on the North Shore for over 100 years,” said Kim Crowley, associate director of member engagement and marketing for Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and former co-president of the Junior Aid Society. “Although the organization retires its name, I see the community mission of the Junior Aid Society living on in former members who devote their services and kindness in abundance and, even more notably, in the children of alumnae who follow their lead.”

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