By: Allison Gallaspy
Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.
Allison Gallaspy is a Business Librarian who enjoys singing karaoke and solving puzzles. She joined the Junior League in New Orleans five years ago, but recently transferred to JLGNH when she moved to New Haven in 2022.
Allison joined the Junior League to give back to her community and meet other women who value voluntarism. In New Orleans, she saw that voluntarism respond quickly to natural disasters near and far every year. After Hurricane Laura, JLNO organized to bring diapers, formula, period products, and other supplies to displaced residents within 24 hours. Allison says, “it made me happy to be part of a caring organization and taught me that Junior Leaguers are all about action.”
She values her League experience for allowing her to assume leadership roles in two fundraisers and learn a new style of communication as the assistant editor of JLNO’s League magazine as well as teaching her more about the organizations doing the daily work of supporting women and girls. One last thing she likes about being a JLGNH member? “The League is a source of near constant positivity and belief that things can change for the better. That is a rare and special resource.”