Women improving the Washington DC Community since 1912

Join the JLW

Eligibility

To be eligible to join the Junior League of Washington as a New Member, a woman must be at least 21 years of age by the JLW Membership Application deadline (March 6, 2017) and live in the greater Washington, DC, area. Every woman interested in joining the JLW must have an Active or Sustaining Member of the JLW serve as her sponsor. If you do not currently know a member of the JLW, a sponsor will be assigned to you.

How to join the JLW?

STEP 1:  BECOME FAMILIAR WITH JLW

The JLW offered informal "Getting to Know the JLW" open houses that allowed interested women to meet members of the Junior League of Washington, who shared their experiences, offered information about the JLW, and answered questions. If you are interested in joining the JLW, but do not know an Active or Sustaining Member of the JLW to serve as your sponsor, these open houses are a great opportunity to meet JLW Actives and Sustainers who could potentially serve as your sponsor. These open houses were optional and have already occurred this year.  Registration for the optional “Getting to Know the JLW” open houses is now closed.

STEP 2:  SUBMIT OUR ONLINE APPLICANT INTEREST FORM

Applicant Interest Forms were due on December 9, 2016, and the application period is now closed. The Application process is a year-long process, and will begin again in September. Please feel free to email the Member Recruitment committee at join@jlw.org with any questions you may have.

STEP 3:  ATTEND A MANDATORY RECRUITMENT ORIENTATION SESSION AND SUBMIT APPLICATION

If your JLW Applicant Interest Form fulfills all requirements set forth within the form, you will be invited to attend a mandatory JLW Recruitment Orientation Session. The formal Recruitment Orientation Sessions in January and February give prospective members the opportunity to learn more about the JLW. At the Recruitment Orientation Sessions, each attendee will receive access to the JLW Membership Application, which must be submitted online by March 6, 2017 at 11:59pm. Membership application links are only distributed to those who submitted an Applicant Interest Form by December 9th and then attend the Orientation Sessions, thus attendance at one session is mandatory. Links to register for the Recruitment Orientation Sessions will only be available to those applicants that submitted a complete on-line Applicant Interest Form. An Applicant Processing Fee of $35 is required when the prospective member submits her Application.

The Applicant Processing Fee of $35 defrays the JLW’s costs of processing applicants through the recruitment process. The non-refundable fee is payable at the time the online application is filed, on or before March 6, 2017. Women who submit an applicant processing fee but are not selected in the lottery may apply the following year, and the fee will be waived.

STEP 4:  INVITATION TO JOIN THE JLW NEW MEMBER CLASS OF 2017-2018

The JLW is not always able to accommodate all of the women who are interested in joining. All JLW Membership Applications that are submitted by the deadline on March 6, 2017, and which fulfill all the requirements set forth within the application are entered into a lottery system to determine the women who will be invited to join the JLW’s 2017-2018 New Member Class. If your application is selected, you will be invited to join the 2017-2018 New Member class and must pay your New Member dues and the New Member Course fee.

Questions?

The Junior League of Washington hopes you'll join our commitment to improving the Washington, D.C. community by becoming a trained volunteer whose impact can improve the lives of women and children in our area. Please contact join@jlw.org for more information regarding how to become a member of the Junior League of Washington.