Taryn Duffy of Yonkers has a confession to make about her giving nature: There's a slightly selfish aspect to it. Aside from the warm feeling that comes from helping others, it turns out being charitable can also be a lot of fun.
It's also a social organization, and I look forward to the monthly meeting, Duffy says of her participation with the Junior League of Bronxville. Once a month, women from Bronxville, Yonkers, Eastchester, Mount Vernon and Tuckahoe meet and work on charitable projects. I get to go and spend time with 100 intelligent and active women whose company I really enjoy. It's really no different than going out with my friends once a month, except that instead of just having fun we also end up being very productive.
The Junior League is involved in a steady stream of charitable activities, and according to Duffy, the list is growing and evolving. She has been involved for less than two years and has already participated in at least seven initiatives she named quickly from memory. For her part, Duffy favors fundraising initiatives for the programs the Junior League supports.
Some of those charitable endeavors include collecting diapers and sending school children with hunger issues home with backpacks full of food on weekends. Duffy notes that not every neighborhood in Westchester County is as economically sound as the next, and many families in the area need help.
Duffy says part of the organization's success is its size, making the time commitment small. The Bronxville group, one of more than 300 Junior Leagues worldwide, has hundreds of members. No matter how much time or how little time each member contributes, all of the women working together aggregates to a large contribution. Everyone can find at least an hour a month, says Duffy, who balances her personal life, a public affairs career at Empire City Casino in Yonkers and her league obligations.
It surprises Duffy that more people don't find the time to give back to their communities. I think the fear is, that once you commit to an organization like the Junior League, you have to give them all of this time, when, in fact, you really don't and can still help make a big difference.
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