Women improving the Washington DC Community since 1912

Adult Literacy

Calvary Women’s Services
Calvary Women's Services is a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that provides housing and support services to homeless women.

Volunteers with the Junior League Of Washington educate and empower homeless women residing at Calvary Women’s Services' Center through Calvary’s Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP). Through LEAP, JLW has expanded its role through book clubs, conversation and author visits. These activities help prepare women for independent living with personalized skills development, exposure to problem-solving methods and confidence-building activities.


Community Family Life Services
The Junior League Of Washington volunteers plan and facilitate bi-monthly life skills training for the Community Family Life Services (CFLS) parents and educational activities for the children, all of whom are residents of a transitional housing center run by CFLS. CFLS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people who are low-income and homeless achieve personal growth, social and economic self-sufficiency, and independence through a web of integrated care, regardless of their faith.


Community Training Committee
Community Training Committee members provide training to community organizations to help their clients achieve personal goals as they proceed through recovery programs. Most clients are working toward staying clean, finding permanent housing and becoming a better parent. The CTC brings the clients closer to reaching their goals by training on topics that involve life skills (i.e. financial literacy, budgeting, borrowing basics, resume writing, etc.) and personal development (i.e. goal setting, stress management, conflict management, nutrition).


IONA Senior Services
For over 20 years in partnership with IONA Senior Services, The Junior League Of Washington volunteers have delivered meals to 100+ seniors each Saturday who are unable to afford private in-home services. Over 80% of the deliveries are to food insecure individuals and over 60% live alone. In addition to the Weekend Meal Delivery Program, JLW members also participate in other IONA programs including the quarterly Senior Art Installation receptions, toiletry & food bank drives, and Friendly Visitor/Grocery Shopping Programs.


For over 25 years, the The Junior League Of Washington has enjoyed a partnership with Langley Residential Support Services (LRSS), a Northern Virginia-based non-profit offering a variety of quality comprehensive residential and community services for mentally challenged adults. The Junior League Of Washington initially became involved with Langley through a joint project with the Junior League of Northern Virginia to fund the purchase of a new group home, later named “The Junior League House.”

Nearly 30 Junior League Of Washington volunteers support Langley with weekly programs focused on improving literacy. Several times a year, the committee also plans weekend activities with the Langley consumers, such as a holiday cooking class and an annual talent show.


My Sister’s Place
Since 1979, JLW volunteers have been involved in staffing and providing logistical support to the safe house known as My Sister’s Place (MSP). MSP provides safe and confidential emergency shelter and transitional-to-permanent housing to battered women and their children. MSP also provides supportive programs, counseling, education and advocacy to all survivors of domestic violence. Our goal is to empower survivors to take control of their own lives. Committee members go through 8 hours of extensive domestic violence training. They also plan and facilitate literacy and games for MSP children and mothers at the emergency shelter on a weekly basis, helping them as they transition to a new chapter of their lives and partake in activities planned for the children.


N Street Village
Founded by Luther Place Memorial Church, N Street Village is a center that offers a spectrum of services for homeless and low-income women in the Washington metro area. During the year, JLW volunteers plan two Sunday evening dinners each month. Volunteers also plan two parties for the ladies and their families: a Holiday Party in December and a Spring Party in April. These events allow the women time to socialize with the volunteers and other women outside of their specific programs. In addition to regular monthly events, the committee plans three special events during the year. To encourage literacy at these events, volunteers provide a selection of books for the women and their children to take home with them.


National Rehabilitation Hospital
The Junior League Of Washington volunteers recently celebrated their fifteenth year providing support and assistance to the patients and hospital staff at National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH). NRH is dedicated to the treatment and education of patients who have suffered strokes and traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries. Volunteers support NRH at weekly meetings where volunteers play interactive games such as bingo with the patients and their families. The games help with the patients' motor skills and provide an enjoyable escape for the patients and their families from the normal hospital routine.