- Community Impact
Junior League Mission Statement
The Junior League of Dallas 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.
Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Dallas, Inc. trains members for effective participation in the community and is dedicated to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship.
The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) 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. The membership is a diverse group of more than 5,000 women who annually give more than 130,000 uncompensated hours of service to the projects and agencies supported by the JLD. Active members range in age from 22 to 49, and 74% are employed outside the home. They serve on numerous boards and coalitions throughout the community.
- In 2009-2010, Active members gave over 120,000 uncompensated hours of service to 43 Junior League of Dallas community projects and several service support committees. Additionally, Provisional members donated over 8,500 service hours through Provisional Projects to meet community needs.
- Junior League of Dallas members currently serve on 50 community boards and coalitions.
- The JLD grants more than $1 million to support nonprofits in Dallas County, including the 43 agencies in the Community Program, as well as Provisional projects, Community Outreach Impact projects and the Community Assistance Fund. Funds raised by the JLD in combination with additional resources also support the training of volunteers, which takes place within the JLD organization and through community volunteer opportunities.
- JLD funds are raised through donations from JLD members, individuals, corporations and foundations; additional resources include grants, advertising sales, underwriting and ticket sales for the Annual JLD Ball, Rummage Roundup, planned giving and commemorative giving.
- The JLD T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute provides a select group of Active and Sustaining members with training on the critical social and community needs in Dallas and is designed to develop and maximize the executive leadership skills with the goal of identifying potential leaders who can make a difference in the Dallas community.
- The JLD Grants for Innovative Teaching project supports excellence in teaching by awarding grants to Dallas Independent School District teachers for unique programs that are not funded by school budgets. The League awarded approximately $75,000 in grants for the 2011-2012 school year.
Our National Association
- We are affiliated with the Association of Junior Leagues International as one of over 290 member Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and England.
In 1947, JLD President Betty Chambers wrote, "The Junior League volunteer does not measure her service in hours. As the city [of Dallas] has grown, so the League has grown in size and in the scope of its work, but it has remained a group of young women working together intelligently, efficiently and harmoniously. With such a past, our future must surely be a splendid one." More than 60 years later, Betty Chamber's words still ring true.