105 Years of JLW in Washington, DC

Picture it…

Washington, DC, 1912

Inspired by Mary Harriman’s example in New York, Elizabeth Noyes and her sewing circle started the Junior League of Washington.  These first League members worked tirelessly for the welfare of children, served the helpless and sick, and raised money to meet their needs.


The Junior League of Washington is a network of over 2,300 trained volunteers dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community.  We invest in adult, child, and cultural literacy initiatives across our region through hands-on volunteering, grant programs, and fundraising efforts that support the important work of our more than 20 community partners.


2017-2018 marks 105 years of service to the Washington, DC, community. Our League and its impact on the community have expanded so much over the past 105 years. To honor our past and our present, JLW will be celebrating the great work our volunteers and the diverse and critical ways in which we serve our community today.

We invite you to take part in the celebration by joining us for a 105th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 27, and by following and participating in our 105 Acts of Service social media celebration.

Learn more about our history, and discover the many ways JLW members are improving Washington, DC, today.