our mission

The Junior League of Erie, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.



About JLE

Many of Erie’s most active leaders in business and philanthropy have one thing in common, membership in the Junior League of Erie.  Formed in 1925 and incorporated in 1933, the JLE has trained generations of women as volunteers and leaders in the community.  The JLE chooses projects focusing on unmet community needs of women and children.  This flexibility has enabled the JLE to meet a wide variety of needs in the community throughout the years and adapt to the changing lifestyles and interests of the community’s women volunteers.

M Barber“The Junior League was a fabulous opportunity to meet and acquire many good long-lasting friendships, receive outstanding leadership training and initiate or enhance services so needed by Erie  County Citizens.”

Maureen Barber-Carey is a sustaining member and past president. Dr. Barber-Carey is executive vice president to the Barber National Institute, which provides a wide range of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Barber-Carey serves on many local and state boards and steering committees. She recently received the prestigious EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award from EP Global Communications, publisher of Exceptional Parent magazine.

Cynthia M“I made many lifelong friends who share a sense of purpose in serving our community.  The training and support I received through the Junior League has taught me to have a strong vision in accomplishing my goals.  My first job as Executive Director of a non-profit health organization was essentially an extension of my volunteer work through the Junior League.” 

Cynthia Murphy is a sustaining member of the Junior League and Director of Outreach Programs for SafeNet of Erie.  She is a visible and vocal advocate for the needs of survivors of domestic violence.