The Junior League of Louisville (JLL) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
JLL reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who have an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
Training represents a key focus of the Junior League of Louisville. JLL offers members leadership development seminars to enhance skills. Through effective volunteer action, our members receive hands-on training on committees in the League as well as through community placements and projects.
JLL offers a wide range of community projects benefiting women and children in the Louisville area. In 2012-2013, JLL Active & Provisional members contributed 1,980 hours to community service. Additionally, JLL members raised more than $60,000 in fundraisers, with 100% of those funds supporting our mission and community projects.
Gilda’s Club Project
This committee organizes activities throughout the year for Gilda’s Club Young Cancer group, consisting of people between the ages of 18-40. Members also organize and staff Noogiefest, an annual Halloween party at Gilda’s Club exclusively for kids affected by cancer. In May, JLL members plan a Mother-Day Tea in honor of Mother’s Day for Gilda’s Club members. In addition to the work of this committee, we provide and serve dinner before support group meetings throughout the year utilizing our Sustainers and DIAD program.
Family Scholar House (FSH) Project
Members develop programming for a monthly Toddler-Parent Book Club. The program includes selecting and purchasing books for every toddler and developing activities related to the books that will help develop find motor skills. Healthy snacks are also provided for the participants. This committee also organizes Cooking Classes with the residents of FSH and Chef Jim Whaley incorporating fresh ingredients from the garden. Junior League members work with the children through fun activities that contribute to their development while parents attend the class. Cooking supplies are provided to the FSH residents thanks to sponsorship from Target.
Urban Garden Project
This year we established two new gardens at Volunteers of America and the Family Scholar House joining our current garden at the Home of the Innocents. Objectives of the Urban Garden Committee are to identify potential partner agencies, neighborhood(s) interested in participating, provide fresh produce for underserved populations, teach urban garden techniques, and create opportunities for children and families to play an active role in creating healthy lifestyles and habits.
Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) is a long-standing JLL project with a rich history of serving agencies and non-profit entities that carry on traditions of past JLL projects. DIAD also allows the JLL to impact and partner with new organizations. DIAD offers frequent, flexible “hands on” volunteer opportunities completed in one day, including capital restoration projects, direct client services and strategic planning activities.
Keep in Touch
Keep in Touch (KIT) continues a successful partnership with the Kentucky Cancer Program. KIT is a comprehensive breast cancer program funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to encourage public awareness and education to increase early detection of breast cancer, as well as to provide outreach and support networks to recently diagnosed women. JLL hosts several survivor retreats and mammogram screenings through this program. New this year is Living Pink, which allows us to offer support and information to survivors through activities around their mind, body and spirit.
Bloom Boutique’s mission is to outfit deserving, disadvantaged high school women for prom, giving them the self-confidence and tools they need to enjoy this special milestone. Girls are referred to JLL by her school counselor and community agencies. Participants are treated to a day of “shopping,” makeovers and pampering.