The Junior League of Louisville has a long history giving back to our community. Some projects we have helped bring to Louisville are Ronald McDonald House, Komen Race for the Cure, Gilda’s Club and many more. Take a look at our 98 year history here.
The community focus of the Junior League of Louisville is education. We are impacting education in the Louisville community through a variety of dynamic projects including Little Libraries (in partnership with Metro United Way), Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (in partnership with WAVE3), Maryhurst, and Boys’ and Girl’s Haven. Other smaller projects include working with Blessings in a Backpack, the West End School, Gilda’s Club, Hope Scarves, Family Scholar House, KY Cancer Program, Brooklawn, Uspiritus, and the YMCA.
Read below for a list of all our current community projects and initiative:
READ – Imagination Library and Little Libraries
READ stands for Reach, Educate, and Discuss and it includes both our Little Libraries and Imagination Library programs. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Louisville was founded in 2016 through a partnership between the Junior League of Louisville, WAVE 3 News and the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation. Its mission is to put more books in the hands of Jefferson County children in an effort to foster a child’s love of reading and prepare them for kindergarten. We believe that by improving early education in our community, we can contribute to the lifelong success of Jefferson County children. Children from birth to age 5 will receive an age appropriate free book directly to their home every month. The Little Libraries project is in partnership with Metro United Way and builds and maintains five “Little Libraries” (wood boxes containing up to 40 books that can be borrowed by anyone in the community).
Lemonade Day is a national program to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. This is done through teaching them the fundamentals of business and life’s skills to set goals, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams within the structure of creating a lemonade stand.
GEM stands for Guide Educate and Mentor and is a project that plans and implements events for youth at Boys’ and Girls’ Haven and Maryhurst. These events are a mix of college and career readiness events and celebrations fostering engagement with our JLL members and the youth.
DIAD stands for Done in A Day and offers hands-on volunteer opportunities that can often be completed during a single day in conjunction with a wide variety of agencies and non-profit entities that share a similar mission to JLL. The DIAD committee plans these events throughout the year. DIAD allows JLL to work with multiple non-profits, and the activities this committee plans provide hundreds of hours of community service to our community. Partnerships include:
- Gilda’s Club
- Family Scholar House
- Hope Scarves
- KY Cancer Program
- West End School
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Louisville Public Library
- Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
- Many others!