The holidays are upon us, and I use this time to reflect on all that I am grateful for this holiday season. I am most grateful for my amazing and supportive family, my dear friends near and far, and the opportunity to serve as the President of the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO). Every day, I am honored and humbled to be leading this amazing organization. The core mission of The League is to train effective volunteers and develop the potential of women. Through the training our members receive from JLNO, we are improving our communities and working to tackle the biggest issues facing the women of metropolitan New Orleans.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Thanksgiving lunch at the Giggles Child Development Center at Jackson Barracks. The Jackson Barracks program cares for the children, age’s newborn to pre-kindergarten, of those serving in the National Guard and they are one of the programs that we provide diapers to through the JLNO Diaper Bank. During the luncheon, the JLNO was recognized and thanked for providing diapers to the families and eliminating the burden to have to send diapers and wipes with the child every day. I couldn’t contain my emotions, and I found myself crying as I listened to the families thank me, the President of the Junior League, for helping them in a way I would never fully understand. At that moment, I realized how blessed I was to not only be able to meet with the families of those we serve, but to be the representative of this amazing organization.

During the past few months our members have volunteered thousands of hours to put together our fundraisers and community projects. I want to say “thank you” for all that you do. And to our sponsors and community partners, I want to extend a special “thank you” to you as well. Without your generous support, we would not be able to make the impact that we continue to make in the community.
The greatest gift I will receive this season is watching our members continue to give back. With over 2200 members, our ability to make a difference is tremendous, but most of all it is heartfelt.


Letter from the President

Kristen Koppel
JLNO President