What is The Junior League of Rhode Island?
For more that 95 years, The Junior League of Rhode Island (“JLRI”), a nonprofit organization, has remained dedicated to its founding purpose: to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential of women, and to improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We continue to be exclusively educational and charitable, working together through a network of projects, programs and services, and undertaking responsible volunteer roles within the community.
Who we are …
The Junior League of Rhode Island is affiliated with an international organization, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (“AJLI”). Membership in the JLRI is open to any woman at least 18 years of age. The JLRI reaches out to all women who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. The profile of our league continues to reflect the changing times in which we live, with over seventy-five percent of our Active membership employed full or part-time.
What we do…
Community Service Projects
The Junior League of Rhode Island seeks to strengthen and enhance services essential and fundamental to each woman’s well-being. We initiate and participate in collaborative partnerships to help disadvantaged and at-risk women and children realize their potential and become productive members of society.
Our members volunteer in a variety of activities to accomplish our mission. For example, our Community Project Committee organizes volunteer projects throughout the year which involve staffing mobile medical vans, soup kitchens; working in local food banks; organizing food and clothing drives; and organizing educational activities for under-served children.
The JLRI routinely researches community/governmental issues within our current focus on women and children. We organize advocacy through letters, testimony and collaboration with other nonprofit service organizations to help effect change in these areas.
The mission of the JLRI is to train its members for effective participation in the community. Considerable emphasis is placed on leadership and board training, as well as in a wide variety of other developmental areas in which members express an interest.