By Shanna Lisberg
The Junior League of Seattle 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.
If you’re thinking about joining the JLS, here are 7 compelling reasons to do so:
To meet new people. Are you new to the area or looking to make some new friends? The Junior League of Seattle has over 1,200 members. With those numbers, you’re bound to meet someone who lives in your neighborhood or works in your office.
To be a leader. The Junior League of Seattle trains its members to become valuable leaders in the community. The JLS provides the tools and training to prepare women to be effective collaborators, poised negotiators, and committed volunteers, so that they may go out and serve their communities and change the lives of those who live in their neighborhoods for the better.
To make a difference and become directly involved in the community. The Junior League of Seattle works with a variety of organizations to help women and children. Not only do we volunteer at Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, Treehouse, and Westside Baby, to name a few, but our committees such as Northwest Art, Kids in the Kitchen, and Life Skills: Women help make a positive impact in the community. You, too, can help children discover and appreciate the beauty of art or help a teen learn how to shop for and cook a healthy meal.
To learn new things. Have you ever wanted to learn how to start your own business? Are you looking to learn more about diet and nutrition or financial stability? The JLS offers its members a training curriculum that covers a wide variety of topics, including leadership and fundraising skills, advocacy efforts related to human trafficking, work/life transition, and more.
To put the fun in fundraisers. It’s not just volunteering and learning. You could bid on a fabulous vacation package at the JLS’ Premier Event gala or dance and play boardwalk-style games at its Boardwalk Empire Game Night. Help cheer on the Mariners at Mariners Night or dance the night away at the JLS Halloween party. The Junior League of Seattle has many opportunities to mingle with fellow members and have fun.
To get healthy. Did you know that volunteering can improve your health? Volunteering has been associated with lower depression and increased happiness. Plus, studies have shown that having a large network of friends may help you live longer.
To join a great organization of women. There are 293 chapters of Junior Leagues spread over four countries. For over 100 years, Junior Leagues have been at the forefront of social reform, confronting critical issues, to help improve society. From funding a tuberculosis clinic and treatment center during the Depression, to promoting live weekly television shows featuring panel discussions with teenagers, to advocating for the enactment of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Junior League is one of the largest and most dedicated volunteer organizations in the world. And you can be a part of it!
If you’d like to join the Junior League of Seattle, email the Provisional Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website to sign up for one of our Meet and Greets where you can learn more information about our organization. You will meet and mingle with current JLS members and leadership as well as watch a few short presentations. Meet and Greets run through the month of April.