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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Junior League of Seattle (JLS) is an organization of nearly 1,400 women who are committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As one of 294 leagues world-wide, the JLS has been a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) since 1924.
Junior League of Seattle was formed in 1923 and joined AJLI in 1924. Members opened the Eastlake Branch of the Seattle Day Nursery and took responsibility for the welfare of 50 children, paying all maintenance and operating expenses, managing the medical and dental clinic at the nursery, and supplying members to assist the matron and kindergarten teacher. Today this childcare organization still thrives and is known as Childhaven.
During the past decade, the League has not only provided one million volunteer hours for community projects but provided over $1.5 million in funding. Since its inception, JLS has raised funds for its projects in a variety of ways. From the 1920s through the 1960s, The Follies was a popular fund-raiser. League members staged and acted in a musical revue presented to a fee-paying public. The Christmas Shop was a unique fundraiser for many years. The Wise Penny Thrift Shop opened in 1960 and brought in revenue for forty years. The Simply Classic Cookbook, an award-winning bestseller, was created and published in 1993, and continues to be a major fundraiser. Our newest History & Annual Report History & Annual Report cookbook shows similar promise. The Annual Campaign provides direct funds to the League from our members. Revenue has also been raised through successful silent and live auctions of donated merchandise and services since 1994.
Throughout its 85-year history, the Junior League of Seattle has successfully met the emerging needs of the community by initiating cutting edge programs and providing trained volunteers to manage and direct service projects, community education, fundraising and advocacy efforts. As a result of League training, the Junior League of Seattle has also provided a legacy of leaders who bring knowledge and experience to the community in which they serve.