WRITER: Gretchen Griffith
Junior League Director Jeanette James led a lively discussion among key League members and partner representatives about their collaborative efforts to provide adult women with a variety of practical skills and education. Focusing on the League’s newly formed Life Skills for Women committee (LFW), the League specifically sought to evaluate its relationships with these partners by looking at current project collaborations and exploring potential areas of expansion and opportunities for advocacy.
Community partners praised their interaction with the League, citing the passion, consideration and professionalism of its members. “Junior League of Seattle volunteers listen and incorporate the actual needs of participants,” remarked Liz McDaniel of Mary’s Place. “Other non-profits come in and say, ‘Here’s what we want to do.’”
Recognizing the LSW committee’s early success, the Project Development committee will offer feedback and make recommendations, likely including:
- Develop a set of best practices for working with new community partners.
- Continue to address the high demand by partner clientele for job skills training and financial literacy. Partners enthusiastically responded to a proposed League-branded curriculum that could be implemented with multiple organizations, thus reaching more women.
- Consider expanding LSW committee offerings via mentorships.
- Share relevant areas of opportunity with the Done in a Day, ENERGY, and Kids in the Kitchen committees.
- Continue exploring advocacy opportunities by further understanding the community partner’s needs and issues facing its clientele.
“It’s clear that the Life Skills for Women committee and its community partnerships are off to a great start,” says Charlotte Comer, Project Development chair. “Susan Evani, Allie Switaj, and their team have done a tremendous job laying the foundation for success. We are thrilled to see these relationships thrive and benefit women in need.”