Message From The President
Welcome to the Junior League of Washington (JLW). On behalf of the 2,400 members, I thank you for visiting and encourage you to learn more about the services we provide to the Washington, DC community. With more than a century of service under our belt, we have provided millions of volunteer hours and more than $5.7 million locally in support of our mission -- developing the potential of women, impacting the local community and promoting volunteerism.
Now, as we journey into the next century of service, we remain committed to this mission. In fact, in honor of our centennial, our members pledged to donate 100,000 books to children in the DC community through our program "Resolution Read." With the support of great partners like "Reading is Fundamental," D.C. Public Libraries, "JumpStart," and many others, we were able to put 100,000 age-appropriate books into the hands of children in our community. You can learn more about "Resolution Read" and/or make a donation under the “Support Us” tab as we continue to impact more young readers.
Through orientations, seminars and practical experiences, we are committed to developing the potential of women. The JLW helps to strengthen women for effective action by providing opportunities to participate in monthly training sessions on a variety of topics, such as organizing events, leading meetings, serving on community boards, and being women on mission to change our communities.
JLW has increased its focus on volunteer efforts that “strive to lead, coordinate, and support programs in the Washington, DC area that enhance literacy skills in the community." Every year, we provide more than 5,000 books to the community and more than 10,000 hours in the community to meet childhood, adult and cultural literacy needs. A highlight of this effort is our partnership with the Library of Congress and the National Book Festival (now in our 11th year). During this time, the JLW has provided more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to this event. A video of JLW volunteers in action is available on our YouTube channel, JrLeagueDC. Be sure to come to the National Mall on September 21-22, 2013, and witness 600 JLW volunteers in action as they help festival attendees celebrate “Books That Shaped the World."
In order to provide the more than $75,000 in grants to organizations that are making a significant difference in the area of literacy, we need your support at our fabulous volunteer-led events, including the 55th Annual Holiday Shops (November 22-24, 2013, at the Sphinx Club on K Street NW) and our spring Tossed and Found sale (March 21 –22, 2014). Mark your calendars to support these and other events we host throughout the year. Proceeds from all our events support our mission of developing the potential of women, impacting our communities, and promoting voluntarism. Explore the “Community Impact” tab to learn more about organizations who partner with us.
As you navigate through our Web site, you will discover the great things we are doing to stay true to our mission and impact our community for the better. Please join us in continuing our next century of service by either becoming a member, a community partner, a corporate sponsor or a friend. Also, you can keep up with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our blog.
Truly, I am honored for the opportunity to lead this group of amazing women as JLW keeps our promise to be a community of women changing our community.
All my best,
The Junior League of Washington