Two mothers are seated on a bench talking while their young children jump, climb and run their way through a new, safe playground. This scene plays out every day all over our community. But, these two mothers are domestic abuse survivors, who have found a safe place for their children while they work to put their life back together. The playground is a specially-designed Wellness Adventure Yard, developed by the Junior League of Grand Rapids in partnership with the YWCA and local donors. It is fenced, includes specific play structures to encourage mother/child interaction, and ensures that the YWCA can be a licensed child care center so that mothers can leave their children in a loving environment while they attend job interviews and medical appointments.
Two mothers building a friendship. Children laughing and playing. It’s a scene that the Junior League of Grand Rapids makes possible through the effective action of volunteers and the leveraging of resources and partnerships in West Michigan.
The Junior League of Grand Rapids is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For 91 years we have advanced the lives of women and children, investing in their physical health and education through volunteer projects, fundraising, advocacy, and leadership. As part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, we collectively support women and families throughout the world in 292 communities, including West Michigan.
Your support of the Junior League enables us to bring Kids in the Kitchen to targeted Grand Rapids Public Schools buildings annually as a hands-on initiative that educates children and families on nutrition and health; and to launch new Wellness Adventure Yards with community partners. You are also supporting the empowerment of women as leaders and trained volunteers.
You can be an even greater part of this movement. Each fall we welcome new members who want to have a positive impact on their communities. We also invite you to invest in our work as a donor, sponsor or guest at an upcoming event.
It is my honor to be the 92nd President of the Junior League of Grand Rapids, and on behalf of the active and sustaining membership and the Board of Directors, I am excited to welcome you to explore our website.
JLGR President 2016-2017