“95 Years with the Junior League of Spokane: Inspired by our past to build for our future.”
Welcome to our 95th year!
The Junior League of Spokane has served the Inland Northwest since 1925, playing a role in the inception of many local community organizations and landmarks including:
Riverfront Park’s “Childhood Express” red wagon designed by artist Ken Spiering
But we are not just proud of our local history… The Junior League of Spokane is honored to be part of a worldwide women’s movement. Originally founded in 1901, The Junior League is one of the oldest and largest women’s volunteer organizations, bringing together more than 140,000 women in 291 Leagues across the globe.
At the core, we are a women’s leadership training organization. But how do we do that? By providing our members opportunities to serve our community through volunteer experiences and the development of community projects.
The Junior League of Spokane’s adopted focus area is childhood literacy. We are excited to host our fourth year of free book fairs for children at the West Central Community Center and MLK Family Outreach Center at East Central Community Center. We have also added a third event this year at the Northeast Youth Center. Last year, we gave away almost 1,900 books and granted $2,875 to local teachers and community partners. Additionally, our community impact reach expands beyond childhood literacy. We recently donated our woman power to Embrace Washington, Our Sister's Closet, Spokane Police Activities League Summer Program, Tom's Turkey Drive and Wishing Star Foundation.
I joined the Junior League 10 years ago. I had moved back to my hometown of Spokane and wanted to re-immerse myself into the city, make some new friends, and give back. I knew that the League was a quick way to check off all of those boxes. But why have I stayed in the League for all of these years? Personally, the League has provided me amazing leadership trainings, sending me around the country, from New Orleans to Texas, to learn about issue-based community impact, successful fundraising, and how to run a meaningful non-profit like the Junior League of Spokane. I will add that the community of my impressive fellow members and the extended network of our devoted and accomplished sustainers are the other reasons that I have stayed in the Junior League of Spokane for 10 years.
I invite you to consider joining this community of women who care so deeply about Spokane. Another way to support our mission is to make a contribution. As a non-profit organization, your donations help us to sustain our organization’s mission, train women to serve Spokane, and impact our community through our childhood literacy projects.
President, Junior League of Spokane, 2019-2020
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Junior League of Spokane is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. We reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
The Junior League of Spokane strives to be the premier leadership training organization for women dedicated to serving our community. As members:
We believe in commitment.
We believe in the power of trained volunteers as influential advocates and catalysts for change.
We believe every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
We believe in diversity.
We believe our funding development activities enable us to make a significant impact on the community.
We believe every family has the right to food, shelter, personal safety, health and education.
We believe in proactive and innovative programs that support and nurture families and children.