Message from the President
In 2015-16, the Junior League of Little Rock will celebrate WOMEN EMPOWERED. To empower someone is to enable them; to give them the authority to do something. The Junior League provides members with the resources, mentors, and foundational training, both experiential and formal, to be community and civic leaders. Our commitment to voluntarism and improving the community is our legacy to Little Rock.
As an organization of more than 1,200 women, we contribute our talent, time, and resources to impacting our community. We annually invest more than 47,667 volunteer hours, worth an estimated $1.5 million dollars. We are not alone; rather, our volunteer hours provided in service to Little Rock are possible due to the support of various community and business partners.
The impact of the JLLR on Little Rock can be seen in some of the projects that we have initiated, many of which live on today, such as: the Baby Welfare Station, Visiting Nurses Association, Speech Correction School, Arkansas Arts Center, Gaines House, Volunteers in Public Schools, Riverfest, the Parent Center, KATV's "Seven on Your Side," and Potluck.
This League year marks the JLLR’s 94th year of service. As we move toward our 100th year, we, as WOMEN EMPOWERED, will continue to execute our ten-year strategic plan to:
- Decrease childhood obesity in our community by increasing access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity;
- Improve literacy skills among Pulaski County third graders by narrowing the readiness gap;
- Secure our financial future through the growth of investments, endowments and sustainable fund development;
- Establish the JLLR as the premier source of female leadership development in Little Rock.
The year ahead is full of exciting projects, which include:
- Stuff the Bus, providing over 3,000 students with all of their basic school supplies for the year;
- KOTA Camp, a partnership with Camp Aldersgate that provides an inclusive camping experience for children both with and without special needs;
- Little Readers Rock, which provides over 400 children enrolled in Headstart with new books of their own;
- Nonprofit Board Institute that trains community members to be effective board leaders;
- Nightingales, a respite and diversionary activity program for patients and families who are visiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS Family Home; and
- Nonprofit Center, housing nonprofit partners on the third floor of the Junior League of Little Rock Headquarters.
I am eager for the year ahead, as we move our mission forward and continue to serve our home.