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Junior League members, reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change. Time and time again, the Junior League is among the first organizations to step up to the plate and tackle a community's biggest challenges.
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The Junior League of Little Rock, Incorporated, ("JLLR") is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
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Community Focus Statement
The Junior League of Little Rock works to improve our community through providing volunteers, funding and leadership support. These efforts, concentrated within the following areas of impact, give direction to our organization.
- Protection and Empowerment of Children
- Health, Education and Welfare of Women
- Support and Education of Parents
The Junior League of Little Rock may advocate for support of these positions. Routine action (such as phone calls or letters pursuant to the aims of the position statement) does not require Board approval. Other specific action will be approved by the Board. The membership will be kept informed of important developments and action.
Position Statement on Voluntarism
The Junior League of Little Rock, whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable, to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential of its members for voluntary participation in community affairs, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers, supports and promotes voluntarism as an essential component of our society. The Junior League of Little Rock further recognizes the critical role of the voluntary sector in experimenting, demonstrating, innovating, and advocating for needed change, monitoring the public sector objectively and impartially, influencing governmental program development, and providing those services unavailable through governmental programs. Therefore, the Junior League of Little Rock will continue to take action which will ensure the effectiveness of the voluntary sector.
Position Statement on Public Education
The Junior League of Little Rock recognizes the importance of public education to the well-being of every community and, to this end, will support and strive to promote quality education in the Little Rock Public Schools.
Position Statement on Children
The Junior League of Little Rock, recognizing that the future of every community lies with its children, is committed to ensuring that children have the opportunities, services, and protection essential for their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth and will advocate to promote that end.
Position Statement on Substance Abuse
Because the Junior League of Little Rock has shown a continuing interest in the emotional, physical, intellectual and social growth of young people in our community, and because the abuse of alcohol and drugs has been proven detrimental to this development, the Junior League of Little Rock will support efforts to combat substance abuse in the State of Arkansas.
Position Statement on Literacy
The Junior League of Little Rock, recognizing the importance of literacy for the continued growth and development of the community, supports efforts to ensure that all illiterate children, adolescents and adults have opportunities and services essential for the elimination of illiteracy. Furthermore, the Junior League of Little Rock, through continued advocacy of existing services and newly implemented programs, will strive to benefit the intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth of the illiterate citizens of Little Rock.
Position Statement on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Because the Junior League of Little Rock has a continuing interest in the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social growth of young people in our community, and because adolescent pregnancy is a critical issue, the Junior League of Little Rock will monitor, report and support selected programs and legislation which affect adolescent pregnancy prevention.
Position Statement on The Environment
Because the Junior League of Little Rock recognizes the state of the environment as a priority community issue and believes it is important to demonstrate concern for environmental issues, the Junior League of Little Rock will advocate for the education of the membership and community; recognition of community efforts; and support of selected legislation concerning the care and restoration of our environment.
Position Statement on Health, Homelessness and Hunger
The Junior League of Little Rock recognizes that for our society at large to achieve its basic potential, each person needs to have access to basic health care, adequate shelter, and sufficient food to alleviate constant hunger. Therefore, the Junior League of Little Rock is committed to the promotion of general well-being for all with regard to health, shelter, and the reduction of hunger and will advocate for and support these goals.
The Junior League of Little Rock, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. To further this purpose, the League raises money in the community to support its volunteer placements and projects. The primary purpose of the League is not that of a fund-raising organization; and as an organization, it should not act as a fund-raising agent for others. The League is obligated to dispense all money raised from the community in accordance with the League's charter purpose.
The League considers an ideal project one which recognizes the following: financial involvement, board representation, quality volunteer opportunities, and a termination date for League involvement. Financial support and projects are not automatically continued, but are reviewed annually by the appropriate committee to assure continued interest, quality placement and financial soundness.
The League has instituted the Contingency Fund to address emergency needs of local non-profit agencies. The Junior League of Little Rock, Inc. makes no other donations. The League must limit itself financially to those activities with which it aligns itself as a group.