The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior League emphasizes the training of women in volunteer service and developing their potential to act as community leaders. This commitment to training serves the needs of our League, as well as our partners through our community impact focus of ending against domestic violence.
We serve and partner with local agencies who strive to prevent further acts of domestic violence through education for our community, increasing awareness of domestic violence, communicating information and resources, and empowering our community to end domestic violence.
The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins, who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. There more than 300 trained volunteer members that contribute more than 35,000 volunteer hours and raise more than $50,000 annually to support our community projects and partners to raise awareness about domestic violence in Northwest Arkansas.
That’s My Bag is our signature program and it annually provides over 500 children in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties who are removed from their homes or enter the foster care system with a backpack that includes a blanket, clothes, undergarments, socks, personal hygiene items, books and journals, stuffed animals, and toys. The bags are organized and sorted by age group and sex ranging from infant to teenager.
Hundreds of children are removed from their homes each year in Northwest Arkansas because of neglect or abuse. These children are placed in foster care by the Department of Health and Human Services. Often times, these children aren’t able to bring many, if any, personal items with them because all items immediately become evidence.
Additional Projects include:
- Done In A Day
- Rom remodels at our partner agency locations
- Educational session for those impacted by domestic violence whether in shelter or out
- Flash Drives throughout the community for the needs of our partner agencies
- Hosting Literacy Week at EOA Children’s House semi-annually
- Hosting Valentine’s Day and Easter gatherings at Peace at Home Family Shelter
- Partnering with Peace at Home for their Santa Sack Program.
Our 2016-17 Partners include:
- Children’s Safety Center
- DHS of Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties
- EOA Children’s House
- Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter
- Northwest Arkansas Domestic Violence Emergency Services
- Peace at Home Family Shelter
Our Fundraising Efforts
Each year, the JLNWA sponsors and hosts a number of fundraising activities to support the efforts of our Mission – they include:
- The Little Black Dress Initiative – the first week of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
- Purple for a Purpose 5k and Character Fun Run – the first Saturday in October
- Moonlight Masquerade – October, date dependent on football schedule
- Winter Dreams Tour of Homes – the first Sunday in December
- Touch A Truck – the first Saturday of May
Please save the date for April 11, 2017 – this is our annual Prospective Member information session, and application launch date.
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