As a Friend of the Junior League of Washington, you are supporting an organization of women dedicated to serving as a resource throughout the community to effect positive change, seek common ground, and inspire hope by focusing our financial and volunteer resources on the complex issues of literacy in the greater DC metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1912, JLW has provided more than 5 million volunteer hours and more than $5.9 million locally in support of our mission — promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities.
By donating at the $500+ level, you can also become a member of JLW’s 3039M society.
Here are some specific ways in which JLW positively impacts our community:
- JLW provides educational and hands-on training to its 2,300 members so that they are prepared to serve as leaders in the community and instruments of change in the non-profit sector.
- In honor of our centennial, the JLW purchased and delivered 100,000 new, age-appropriate books to children in the DC metropolitan area as part of our Resolution Read program. We’ve provided more than 130,000 books in total.
- JLW established Bright Beginnings in 1991, a childcare center for more than 100 homeless preschool children. JLW members continue to support the center by offering childcare services and providing life skills training to parents. JLW also provided funding toward a second center east of the Anacostia River, which opened in 2018 and doubled the number of children served.
- JLW provides volunteer support for the Library of Congress National Book Festival each year. Over the past 17 years, JLW volunteers have provided more than 42,000 volunteer hours to the National Book Festival.
- JLW awards $75,000 in targeted grants to DC-based nonprofits annually.