The Junior Service League of Maryville was organized in 1951, under the leadership of the late Mrs. Sam (Louise) Mount. The group began with 10 members and received their charter on July 19, 1951.
Since that time, Junior Service League membership has continued to grow and numerous service projects have been added. Junior Service League members volunteer hundreds of hours annually to such organizations as the United Way, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Children’s Advocacy Center and many more.
In addition to community service hours, the women of Junior Service League raise thousands of dollars each year to fund Toys for Blount County. Junior Service League took over the local annual toy drive in 1972, which it has been assisting with for many years. The toy drive originally started with 75-100 children on Nebo Mountain who desperately needed Christmas presents.
In 2006, the organization provided gifts for 1,400 needy children all across Blount County. In 2007 the decision was made to change the program name from Toys for Tots to Toys for Blount County. Junior Service League chose to make this step to clarify to our donors, supporters, and sustainer members that every dollar raised and toy collected stays in Blount County.
Amanda Stone, president 2010-2011, said, “Junior Service League of Maryville is an exceptional group of women that work together with a common purpose; and who work tirelessly to help those that may not be able to help themselves. As I consider the roles that each of our members might play every day- wife, mother, friend, teacher, and coach- I am always amazed that their choice is always to give the gift of their time to many local people and agencies that would struggle without assistance.”
New members of JSL are introduced today in Blount Today.