Membership Statuses

New Members

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) annually welcomes 250-300 New Members into our family. We are proud of our diversity, attracting hundreds of women of differing racial, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds, who are united in their commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

All New Members must meet volunteer and training requirements during their provisional year in JLW in order to attain active member status. All requirements must be completed withing the New Member year, which begins in early September and continues through mid-to-late May. We also hold a variety of optional, social events throughout the year so you can meet other members of the League. If you are not year a New Member, learn how you can join.


Active Members

Active members are those women who, having successfully completed the New Member year, are now trained volunteers, working in the community, helping to raise and disburse funds back to the community or helping with internal functions and organization of the League.

Actives are required to serve on one committee and have the opportunity to serve on a wide range of JLW committees and projects. Additionally, they must attend two membership credit opportunities, which are designed to help develop their volunteer and leadership skills. Active members can sponsor New Members, vote, and hold office.


Sustaining Members

Sustainers are former active members who have completed at least seven years of active service. Sustaining members have no official requirements but often participate by assisting a committee or placement with their advice and experience.

Sustainers hold separate meetings and social events, and share in all of the privileges of JLW membership except voting and holding office.