Our members volunteer over 700 hours annually in the community. Much of this time is spent partnering with local organizations to provide engaging instruction through our Kids in the Kitchen program, which educates children and their families about fitness and nutrition.
JLGR is committed to training its volunteers so that they may serve the Greater Grand Rapids community in a variety of leadership roles. Several local, state, and national trainings are offered annually to members.
Our long-standing legacy of community service focuses on improving the lives of women and children. Each year, JLGR donates over $40,000 to projects improving children’s physical health in Grand Rapids.
Throughout our 90-year history, our 800+ members have continued to research community needs, identify problems, and develop effective and responsive projects to address those problems. In 1925, JLGR began by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Grand Rapids community. Today, the same commitment to women and children continues with current JLGR projects, including Kids in the Kitchen and the JL Wellness Adventure Yard.
Mission: The Junior League of Grand Rapids is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Vision: The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
Focus: Improving Children’s Physical Health
Lead the WAY
The Junior League Wellness Adventure Yard
The JL W.A.Y. goal is to increase access to play for children in Grand Rapids by introducing a healthy lifestyle concept through the implementation of professionally-developed local play environments. These Wellness Adventure Yards give children the opportunity to practice goal setting, build confidence, and explore concepts of cooperation and teamwork through inclusive equipment and uniquely designed spaces.
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