Regions Senior VP Erin Knight is guiding Junior League in its mission of community service and leadership training
To those who think "socialites" when they think Junior League: think again. The Junior League of Miami — nearly 1,000 members strong — is a volunteer powerhouse that last year alone put in more than 30,000 community service hours here.
"People's perception of the Junior League is one of yesteryear," President Erin Knight says. During her term, she intends to change that.
"One of my top goals this year is to educate the community on who we are and what we do, and that is important to me because unfortunately our name doesn't do anything with us… We are the Junior League of Miami. It doesn't tell a story at all, so it's really up to all of us to tell that story."
And it's quite a story to tell. The organization owns a battered women's shelter it leases to the county for $1 a year. Members typically dedicate three full years to each of the league's community projects to ensure full development and future stability. And every penny donated to the league goes directly to the community — members fund organization overhead themselves.
On top of the extensive volunteer work, 60% of local leaguers also have full-time, professional jobs. Ms. Knight manages Regions Bank's private banking group for Miami-Dade. She talked Junior League and finance with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky in an interview in the league's historic Coral Gables headquarters.
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