About US

Welcome to the Junior League of Washington!

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is an organization formed by, run by, and empowered by women. We are nearly 2,300 women committed to developing the potential of women and using our collective talents, strengths, and voices to improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. When JLW was founded in 1914, a small, inspired group of women united to address serious social issues impacting our greater Washington, DC, community, beginning with a focus on children’s welfare. Since then, thousands of JLW volunteers have devoted themselves to our community while developing their own leadership and volunteer skills and forging valuable friendships with fellow JLW members.

In 2019-2020, JLW will celebrate 20 years of focusing volunteer efforts on literacy. This #JLWLiteracy20 milestone will be celebrated and commemorated in ways deeply tied to our mission – service, developing the potential of women, and community impact. We are launching a new anniversary initiative, Readers2Leaders, which focuses on working with children and adults to use reading and literacy skills to empower them in their personal and professional lives. We will also recognize the tremendous work our members and more than 20 community partners do in the community every day.

JLW is deeply committed to developing the potential of women through formal training, hands-on leadership and volunteer experience, and opportunities to explore new capabilities both within our League and in the community. We are a values-driven organization, which works to actualize our values of Community, Leadership, Service, Diversity, Collaboration, Empowerment, Respect, and Integrity each and every day. It is our passion for creating impact, our training, and our values that empower JLW to advance our mission and vision and impart real change in the greater Washington, DC, community.

As we enter our 107th year as a League, JLW will continue to align efforts with our strategic plan, Impact 2022, while developing strategies and plans to ensure our sustainability and success as an organization for years to come. Through our Strategic Advisory Board, we obtain valuable insights and support on how the League can best serve our community and grow and mature as a membership-driven organization. JLW fundraisers and our newly established planned giving program, the 1912 Legacy Circle, provide us with valuable funds by which to execute our mission.

Whether you are a member, community partner, or sponsor of JLW, we thank you for your commitment and support of our League and our community. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the Junior League of Washington, our mission, our members, our community impact, and our fundraisers and events.



Carly Mitchell
2019-2020 President
Junior League of Washington


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