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Junior League Of Phoenix Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Voluntarism Promotion, Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: The Junior League of Phoenix 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. JLP's focus is on fighting hunger in the Greater Phoenix Community. The Junior League of Phoenix, along with a coalition of community partners, is working towards a food secure community through access, empowerment, and education.

Results: Junior League members have the opportunity through annual committee placements to apply their training and skills to internal League programs and events; as well as to take these skills out into the community. Recently, Junior League members have been involved in non-profits as executive directors or other leadership staff and volunteer positions in the Phoenix community including Ronald McDonald House, Phoenix Komen for the Cure, Arizona Humane Society’s Compassion with Fashion, Girls Scouts of Arizona, the Foundation for Blind Children and many more. Our trained volunteers have also been founding members of many local chapters of National Charity League. Over the past 10 years, Junior League members have served as event chairs for major community events including Children’s Museum of Phoenix annual gala, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man & woman of the Year campaign, Panhellenic Centennial, Valley of the Sun United Way Executive Committee, Beach Ball, pARTy, The Emily Center Luncheon, PANDA Luncheon, Science Center’s Galaxy Gala, HomeBase Luncheon, Heart Ball, Desert Foundation Auxiliary, Board of Visitors and many more.

Target demographics: Empower women to strengthen the community and help underserved people.

Geographic areas served: The 2nd largest county in the country: Maricopa County in the greater Phoenix metro area.

Programs: Junior League members have supported the greater Phoenix community by volunteering more than 100,000 hours at numerous events, which have made an impact on various community organizations. In addition to these partner relationships, members also have supported Junior League of Phoenix's Annual Rummage Sale, which is known as Arizona's Largest "Garage" Sale. This event has been a valley tradition for the 80 plus years.

Kids in the Kitchen focuses on increasing children's awareness of the nutrition in everyday foods, improving the quality of healthy food that kids eat by showing them easy and tasty ways to eat better, and increasing the amount of exercise that kids do during their daily routine. The Kids in the Kitchen programs involve many exciting hands-on components to get kids and families involved in learning how to be healthy. Programming focuses on four components led by league and community volunteers: chef presentation: students will create simple, healthy snacks with chef presenters. Eat this not that: an instructional presentation helping students choose healthy alternatives at popular restaurants and fast food chains. Food plate: an instruction of the food plate (the successor of the food pyramid) and how much food one should eat from each category in relation to their plates. Exercise: participation in 45 minutes of low-key and fun exercises to promote an active lifestyle. Kids also get to take home activity packets and recipes to continue their learning.

ROCKETS - Raising Our Children's Knowledge by Educating Through Science is a theme-based program that promotes early childhood development of science skills. The program provides hands-on science activities, supplemented with math lessons, to at-risk children in Maricopa County to help foster problem solving, critical thinking, and exploration skills that are critical to future academic success. The rockets program offers monthly classroom lessons for preschool and early elementary students and their parents. The program typically includes an introduction to the science lessons, followed by the science lessons, and a craft or healthy snack lesson. The curriculum is reinforced with a quiz to verify comprehension and a student take-home bag that includes a fun science-related toy and work activities that support the classroom lesson. Each classroom event engages an average of 300 children and families.

Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest is a large nutrition and health fair for the community. The fair consists of several interactive exhibits for adults, children and families to learn about various nutrition knowledge, tips to take home to assist in making healthy choices, as well as information about resources in their community that can enable a healthier lifestyle. The event also incorporates health and cancer screenings, children's dental screenings with fluoride, vaccinations and hiv testing. As well as interactive exhibits including a healthy iron chef kids challenge implemented by the current Junior League Kids in the Kitchen program, obstacle courses and exercise classes to promote physical activity at home, an exhibit on eating healthy on a budget, a garden area to teach families about growing their own healthy foods, myplate and portion size overview, exhibits on moderation (especially around sugar) and passports to make sure that the patrons are attending all of the educational exhibits. The goals of this health fair include: increase awareness of the nutrition in everyday foods, improve the quality of healthy food that families eat by showing them easy and tasty ways to eat better, increase the amount of exercise that kids do during their daily routine and increase activity in adults. Improve participants' attitudes regarding the importance of making healthy food and lifestyle choices. Program objective: the health fest wants to empower the community to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Our goal is to make an impact by educating the public at the grassroots level regarding solutions to address obesity.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Junior League of Phoenix is a wonderful organization, which develops the potential in women by providing opportunities to serve the community and develop leadership skills. I have really enjoyed the training I have received and the chance to serve my community and further develop my own skills. I have gone to many community shifts where I have served alongside other members to help improve the Phoenix community. There are a variety of shifts offered to members that are offered in various parts of the Valley, times, and days of the week.From a leadership and development perspective, I have been in leadership throughout my Junior League of Phoenix career. Through this, I have learned more about sitting on a non-profit board, leading meetings, public speaking, creating a strategic to annual plan, budgeting, and many other transferrable skills. Overall, Junior Lague of Phoenix is a wonderful non-profit, which allows its members to choose various interests and paths they want to pursue to help better themselves and those around them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a Community Ambassador for JLP over the last several years and gotten to know The members as well as the phenomenal leadership team. This is a standup organization that provides greatness for our community and I love being a part of it! Powerful women doing powerful work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love, love, love JLP! Members provide dignity to our unsheltered neighbors by providing laundry service. Each month, they show up on time eager to lighten the load for our customers. In our community, JLP is a dependable resources for caring volunteers.

ryancorry

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Junior League of Phoenix has been vital to St. Vincent de Paul's work to feed, clothe, house, and heal our neighbors in need. Recently, the JLP team took on the enormous task of helping SVdP feed our guests more fresh foods and expanding our urban farm program and our diabetes education and prevention program. By providing financial resources, expertise, and volunteer hours, JLP helped families navigate the COVID pandemic in healthy, sustainable ways.

We are grateful to JLP for their leadership, care, and bias for action in serving our neighbors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Junior League of Phoenix is an outstanding community partner! JLP members have been volunteering at our organization, Harvest Compassion Center, every month for over a year. Their volunteers are hard-working, excited to be there and work so well with our guests. Not only do they support HCC with hundreds of volunteer hours, they have also contributed to our operations by hosting food drives and purchasing needed items from our Amazon wish list. The women of the JLP are exceptional and we are so proud that they have chosen to partner with us, it’s a true honor.

Kate Wells

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past 20 years, the Junior League of Phoenix has supported the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in many instrumental ways. In our infancy, JLP provided a vital partnership for our Museum Without Walls program which consisted of hands-on, interactive exhibits and community build projects being presented at fairs and festivals throughout the valley. As a result of their dedication, the Museum was able to attend over 300 outreach events and serve more than 300,000 participants, allowing us to gain the community’s support to open our doors.

Since the Museum opened in 2008, the Junior League has served over 30,000 children and their families through their innovative ROCKETS program which takes place in our beloved Junior League of Phoenix Classroom. The ROCKETS program instills a love of science in our youngest learners and helps strengthen their critical thinking and exploration skills that are crucial to future academic success. Through their programming, JLP volunteers have supported our Museum's mission to engage the minds, muscles, and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them and have made a lasting impact on children who visit the Museum.

Without the Junior League of Phoenix’s involvement, financial support and dedicated volunteers, the Museum would not be what it is today.

wastenotaz1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years and with more than 100 nonprofit organizations as a fundraising consultant, I can easily say that Junior League of Phoenix is one of the most dedicated groups of civic volunteers I've encountered. These women are super committed to the League itself, the important work they do in the community to help disadvantaged kids and families and to the overall empowerment of women to create positive change and a more sustainable and healthy society. The Leadership training aspect extends for years and even decades for many of these compassionate members. Please join me in supporting them: https://www.jlp.org/invest/jlp-annual-fund/. Thank you!

Nancy Grace

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud member of the Junior League of Phoenix.

In 2015 I joined the league to volunteer, to socialize and to meet other like minded women in our community. Not only did I do that, but I learned so much about myself and my leadership potential along the way ...

The Junior League of Phoenix has provided me with countless training opportunities that I can use in both my personal and professional life. It has provided me the opportunity to serve at volunteer shifts at so many great nonprofits around our valley with emphasis on 'Fighting Hunger in the Greater Phoenix Community'. It has also provided me fundamental leadership skills in a safe space where I can learn, grow and be myself.

As I write and reflect on this six years later, I can confidently say that our league has truly lived up to its Mission Statement - From "promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers", the league has kept its promise to me and so much more.

Carter N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The JLP is an amazing place to meet like minded women who get things done! They have been a great organization to be apart of during COVID to stay connected and feel like you are making an impact during trying times. They have done an awesome of maintaining a sense of normalcy as well. The friendships and connections I've made during my tenure of being apart of the JLP I know will last a lifetime and have impacted my life immensely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being apart of the Junior League of Phoenix has been one of the greatest decisions of my life! I am always challenged, learning, and connecting. I highly recommend donating or joining. Our time and effort goes into promoting volunteerism and training women to be community leaders. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a member of Junior League of Phoenix since 2015 has been an incredible experience. I've had the opportunity to make a real impact in my community through volunteering with other non-profits and have received training that has given me tools to use in my roles in the league and in my personal/professional life. I've been able to meet and work alongside the most amazing and accomplished women and have built some strong friendships within the league. I can't imagine the kind of person or where I would be without JLP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The JLP has been the most amazing way for me to advance myself professionally, connect with like-minded women, and have fun along the way. I have learned so much from the other women in the League and I love the impact we have on the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Junior League of Phoenix has been a wonderful organization that provides direct impact to many other community partners within the Phoenix Valley for 85 years. In addition to providing direct impact to the community, they also focus on training their members in an number of other area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior League of Phoenix has provided me with a tremendous opportunity to give back to the community while further developing my own skill sets. This organization has provided me with hands-on training in leadership, diversity & inclusion, effective communication, website development, and so much more. I've also had countless opportunities to give back to the local community and make an impact in the fight against hunger. JLP has also provided an invaluable network of women leaders whom I rely on as mentors, sounding boards, and friends.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Junior League of Phoenix is an amazing organization of women who give back to community with a focus on Fighting Hunger in the Greater Phoenix Community. Not only does the Junior League of Phoenix promote volunteerism, but it also develops the potential of women and trains its members to be volunteers and leaders. Trainings teach skills in the areas of Community Leadership, Fundraising, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Interpersonal Skills, and many other areas. I have learned so much from being a part of this accessible, inclusive organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Junior League of Phoenix to serve my community and make personal connections. Despite being an almost native Phoenician, I was unaware of just how much the JLP has done and continues to do for the community. Not only do we serve others, but we also learn how to be leaders. The training and skills I've learned from chairing our annual rummage sale. It's a remarkable organization that values its members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is an organization that has been strategic in how it has helped me grow as a contributing community member. From my role as a provisional member to my duties with chairing committees and service as a member of the Board of Directors. Each step had allowed me to grow exponentially and has provided me with with a strong core in terms of the knowledge, skills and abilities to reach out through other community agencies.

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