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Done in a Day Events – Impact Day

Please join us for three great Done In A Day Events:

  • Impact Day 2012
  • Impact Day After Party
  • New Shift Opportunities

The DIAD Committee, Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project are excited to present Impact Day March 24th, 2012.

Currently, we have various community service opportunities that require more than 175 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Orion Center

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

IMPACT DAY: Magnuson Park Clean Up
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: IMPACT Day New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: Seattle Against Slavery Poster Campaign
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)



Our boots will be dirty and our muscles will be sore, but that just means we need a party even more!
Let’s celebrate a successful Impact Day and spend some time enjoying each others’ company after a great day of serving the community! We have reserved space at FX McRory’s, ordered some appetizers and set up drink specials for you and your guests. Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2pm-6pm. Surely, we will all be tired from our hard work, but who is ever too tired for a drink with friends?

Who: Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
What: Celebration of Impact Day and everything we do!
Where: FX McRory’s 419 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104 (Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)
When: Saturday, March 24th 2-6pm



DIAD partners with local organizations whose missions align with ours, supporting projects and programs that combat childhood obesity, anti-violence against women & human trafficking, and organizations that support foster care & disenfranchised youth. We plan projects and initiatives for JLS members to participate in to make an immediate impact on our community’s needs and inspire voluntarism. We post the shifts to the JLS website as soon as they are available, so please don’t forget to log in and check for availability and to sign up. Check back for availability if any of the shifts are full at this time! Please cancel at least 3 days in advance if you are unable to attend so another member has the opportunity to sign up.

DIAD: Create Easter Baskets for the YWCA
Mon Apr 2nd 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Life Skills For Women Collaboration Luncheon Celebrates, Looks Forward

WRITER: Gretchen Griffith

On January 25th, the Project Development committee hosted a Collaboration Luncheon for three of the League’s newest community partners: YWCA Young Parent Program, New Beginnings, and Mary’s Place.

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.”

Calling All Members To Donate to the Ruby Room

The Ruby Room is a nonprofit organization that provides formal gowns to Seattle area high school girls who are unable to purchase their own dance attire. Dresses and accessories are collected throughout the year and made available at boutiques in the spring. Each girl is paired with a personal shopper volunteer who assists her in picking out the perfect gown.

Ruby Room Needs:

Gently used, 2-3 year old gowns, sizes 14 and above needed in particular. (Gowns DO NOT have to be dry cleaned when donated.)

Accessories of all types – Jewelry, Wraps, Handbags, Dress Shoes – All styles and colors

How You Can Help:

Members, please bring your donations to the March Unit Meetings for collection. If you are not planning to attend a Unit Meeting this year, you may also drop off the items at the Junior League of Seattle Office in Madison Park starting Friday.

We will happily accept donations of dresses, accessories, hand bags, shoes, jewelry and other prom appropriate items from the community at large. Please call ahead to coordinate a time you can drop off items at the Junior League of Seattle office:

The Junior League of Seattle
4119 E. Madison
Seattle, WA 98112

Junior League of Seattle contact: Jen Gill – 206.399.9237 or eberenzjen@hotmail.com. If you have any questions, please get in contact with Jen and she will be happy to help you.

Call to Action – Impact Day – Volunteer & Celebrate

Impact Day is March 24! One of the greatest gifts we, as leaders in our community, can give is service to to the betterment and health of that community. In keeping with our mission statement, Impact Day is also a time we can promote voluntarism by inviting our friends and family to participate in our service shifts.

As of today there are 6 shifts with open slots:

  • Spring Cleaning at Youthcare
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Magnuson Park Cleanup
  • YWCA Breakfast
  • New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
  • Seattle Against Slavery Poster Hanging

I would like to encourage each of you to sign up to make an impact this year.

Impact Day Celebration – FX McRorys:

Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2 pm – 6 pm.  After a day of hard work, celebrate our accomplishments with a drink with friends.

Who:  Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
When:  Saturday, March 24th  2 pm – 6 pm
Where:  FX McRory’s
419 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
(Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)

Thanks so much for your support!!
Chris Lewis
2011-2012 Outreach Manager

Call+Response: Feature Documentary and Panel Discussion

Call + Response poster

January 22, 2012
5:00 pm
Hillel UW

4745 17th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary/musical performance film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A about ways you can respond to modern slavery and bring about change. This screening and panel is sponsored by the Junior League of Seattle. View the trailer and consider attending with your fellow League members.

Please note for Junior League of Seattle members this is an optional event that does not result in obligation fulfillment. JLS leadership has changed the status of this event. It is now worth one Training Credit.


JLS Volunteers at Amara

National Adoption Day celebration at Amara!

Done-In-A-Day has offered some wonderful shifts through the month of November. On November 12, Junior League of Seattle members volunteered at Amara’s National Adoption Day Celebration. Our members were able to interact with children (ages 1- 11) doing arts and crafts projects, face painting, and set-up for the party. Over 100 parents, children and board members participated in this fun and successful event.

Amara works to transform the lives of vulnerable children who deserve safe, stable homes to thrive. This is a celebration of successful placements. Amara is an independent, nonprofit organization in the State of Washington that has been providing services to families and children since 1921. Throughout their history they have developed pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth, and families. Amara’s mission is to create and support stable, loving homes for vulnerable children. Their vision and wish for the future is “A Home for Every Child.” Amara’s aim to transfer the lives of vulnerable children by helping provide them with safe, stable homes fits into JLS’ focus area of Disenfranchised Youth.

Our Amara service shift was managed by Kate Chiarella and Allie Okner.

JLS Volunteers at Amara

Done-in-a-Day Toy Drive for the YWCA.

Christmas time usually brings smiles to children’s faces. Sadly, many children throughout the Seattle area will go without something to open during the holiday season.

In 2010, YWCA of Seattle helped over 60,000 women and children throughout King and Snohomish counties. The need is even greater in 2011, and the Done-in-a-Day Committee is asking its generous Junior League of Seattle members and friends to give the gift of holiday cheer to many children in need this holiday season.

We are collecting donations of new toys, gift cards, movies, books, board games, and new clothing items geared towards kids from infant to teen ages. Done-in-a-Day will match all donations- so if you donate, your efforts will be doubled!

The Junior League Done-in-a-Day Committee will be collecting unwrapped new toys this December. Items can be dropped off at the Junior League General Meeting on December 4th at Nordstrom or at the League office. All donations must be collected by Monday, December 12th.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Mary Ellen Jilek at mejilek@gmail.com

Jingle Bell-evue Bldv – Come Join Us

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd

This December, Junior League of Seattle is hosting a craft and art project for children at Bellevue Art Museum. Stop by on your way to Snowflake Lane and experience this unique event full of family fun with f estive art ‘n craft project.

Jingle Bell-evue Bldv will be open every Sunday in December until Christmas, so come by on the 4, 11 or 18 from 4 – 7 pm to make arts ‘n crafts projects and enjoy all the following:

  • Private performances from the toy soldier drum line and local youth musicians
  • Hot cocoa, cider and coffee bar
  • Photo booth
  • Craft Stations
  • Face painting
  • Special Celebrity Guests
  • Raffle
  • Gift wrapping station

For more information, contact pilotprojects@jrleagueseattle.org.

Thanks to our corporate sponsor for help us bring this project to the public!

Shops at the Bravern

Done-In-A-Day Service Shift Recaps

Done-In-A-Day at Northwest Harvest
Junior League of Seattle members at Northwest Harvest.

Shift:NW Harvest service shift on October 22, 2011.

Donning plastic gloves and plastic hair nets, Junior League of Seattle members packaged 12,350 lbs of food for delivery to over 11,300 families in the greater Seattle area on October 22nd with Northwest Harvest.

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is to have ample nutritious food available to everyone in Washington State.

Shift:  Job Skills Training at REWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)

Refugee Women’s Alliance teaches a job skills class for refugees to help them build resumes. Two Junior League of Seattle members helped students write their experience, skills, and job history into template form while four other members manned the computers and turned the template into resumes.

Participating in the resume writing was a hands-on, face-to-face mentoring experience and truly the epitome of empowering women. In many instances, the refugee’s background experience consisted of running their own households or in selling items at a market back in their home country.  The Junior League members encouraged these women to think beyond just housekeeping as a potential career path and helped the women identify skills and experiences they have that could be used in other roles.  Several of the volunteers said it was the best shift they had done with JLS, and we hope to identify more opportunities to work with them in the future.

On the REWA volunteer shift: The volunteer shift on Friday was such a rewarding experience. I felt like I contributed a lot and made a connection with people and that my skills were used. I was telling all my friends and family about it! I would highly recommend this shift as a once month opportunity for JLS members.

Done In A Day is presenting multiple shifts this year our new partner YouthCare! One service shift was held 10/19/2011 at the Orion Center, which is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13 – 22. It offers a safe, open place where youth (including trafficking/child prostitution victims or those at-risk) can access a multitude of services from meals to case management.

The first step is the Drop-in Center, which offers three meals daily, showers, laundry, clothing, hygiene supplies, knowledgeable staff, and a safe, non-judgmental environment where youth are met with compassionate care. This year the Junior League of Seattle will be providing dinners and other service shift opportunities at the Drop-in Center for these at-risk youth. These shifts will be hands-on and we will be interacting with the youth. We are excited about this new partnership and hope you can come to one of our shifts.

 Shift: YouthCare dinner on October 18, 2011.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers served pizza, salad, fruit cocktail and fresh baked cookies to teens at YouthCare.  The teens were very excited about the Domino’s pizza.  The staff at YouthCare are so helpful and extremely appreciative of our partnership.  The Done-In-A-Day volunteers were excited to serve the teens and said they all received many thank you’s in the buffet line.  Everyone had a very positive experience, were impressed by the services offered at YouthCare, and are looking forward to returning soon.

September General Meeting – Recap

We had our first General Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at the Washington Athletic Club. Junior League women filled up the room early and quickly, excited to reconnect with their friends and kick off a new Junior League of Seattle year.

Renee Hartnett, our 2011 – 2012 Junior League of Seattle President, called the meeting to order at 7 pm. She led off with an interesting icebreaker, asking members of the audience to stand if they answered yes to certain questions. As many women stood to answer yes to such questions as, “Do you have a college degree?” “Do you own your own business?”, and “Are you committed to making a positive impact in your community?”, the incredible cumulative talent, education and passion of our League become evident.

Next, Renee presented the Leadership and Diamond Tiara awards to women from an impressive pool of candidates. Our September Leadership Award went to Susan Evani & Allie Switaj, Lifeskills for Women leaders who have already solidified a partnership with the YWCA of Seattle Young Parents program!

Lori Ayers was awarded the Diamond Tiara Award for taking the initiative to apply for a grant through Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch Process. Lori went after this grant for Kids in the Kitchen, our new committee she chairs.

The highlighted program of the evening was Lifeskills, which we operate through our community partner, Treehouse. Janis Avery, Treehouse’s Chief Executive Officer, presented a deeply educational oration on the foster care system, Treehouse’s role in Seattle’s foster care system, and how women of the Junior League of Seattle could help foster kids through their work with Treehouse.

Janis taught us that the three main priorities of foster care are safety, permanency and well-being, and that Treehouse’s role focused on the well-being of foster children. In 1988, local Social Workers founded Treehouse to meet the needs of foster children whose needs are not met by any other source. Janis took us through the raw data of the foster care system, the backgrounds of children who come into foster care and how they got there.  Janis also brought two teenagers from Treehouse, these young ladies spoke to us about their experience in the foster care system, experience with Treehouse and answered questions about themselves and the impact that the Junior League of Seattle had on their lives.  Our members visibly connected with and reacted to the girls; it was wonderful to see the spirit and poise that both girls possessed, and their honest answers to many questions sparked both laughter and admiration from the audience.

Janis Avery’s full PowerPoint presentation is available on the website on the Member Side of our website, under Documents > Meeting Materials > General and Unit Meeting. You will also find the PowerPoint presentation shown during the meeting at the same location.

Our evening concluded with League announcements:

Alison Jahn and the Planned Giving committee spoke about Legacy Circle, which helps JLS members promise a donation to the Junior League through their wills.

Elissa Puckett, Nominating Director, and Bonnie Marshall, Nominating Manager, stood up to announce the upcoming Women with Impact Training on Thursday, October 6th at the Seattle Tennis Club. They noted that the featured speakers would be Maria Mackey Gunn, Jeanette James and Darci Swanson.

Nominating also reminded those women interested in being future leaders that Leadership Information Sessions for all President Elect Nominee, Board of Directors, Management Council, Chairs & Vice-Chairs would be held at the JLS office on Thursday, October 13th, Saturday, October 15th, and Monday, October 17th, these sessions are your opportunity to discuss your JLS leadership career and ask Nominating about Leadership.  To see the available days and times or to register please check out the JLS website and if you have any questions Email Nominating at nominating@jrleagueseattle.org