The Volunteer Powerhouse

1 movement. 4 countries. 291 communities. 140,000 women. Inestimable impact.

The Junior League is a volunteer powerhouse of transformational female leaders who set bold goals, open their circles, disrupt convention and change the conversation for the betterment of civil society.

In celebration of National Volunteer Month (April) in the United States we pay tribute to organizations that support and value voluntarism and to the individuals who generously volunteer their time to generate awareness of important issues and effect positive change in the world.

As April is also Celebrate Diversity Month; Financial Literacy Awareness Month; Child Abuse Prevention Month; Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Equal Pay Day; World Health Day and Earth Day, we’re taking a look at how The Junior League and its members have shaped conversations concerning these issues through the voluntarism/volunteer lens.

Celebrate Diversity Month

Honor diversity this month by taking time to learn more about the subject by participating in the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge.

For over a decade, YWCA and its community partners across the country have come together each year for Stand Against Racism. This year, the theme is Stand Against Racism: Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future. Voting rights and civic engagement are today, and have always been, core components of racial justice work. As civil rights are eroded for communities of color, YWCA looks forward to focusing this year’s campaign on supporting full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process.

If you are looking for additional resources, check out this Calendar of Observances from the Anti-Defamation League or this 88 Ways to Celebrate Appreciate Diversity Month from ProGroup.

Read more about The Junior League's journey towards becoming a truly diverse and inclusive organization

Financial Literacy Month

According to a study done by FINRA, Financial Literacy has been slowly decreasing over the years with 63% of people unable to correctly answer questions on basic topics such as interest rates, inflation or mortgages – leaving many Americans unequipped to make thoughtful decisions that impact their financial wellbeing. 

Bedtime Math is setting children up early to be better “number crunchers” later in life by challenging them with a daily math problem at bedtime.

All is not lost for us adults either! Financial Gym is teaching anyone the basics to be financially fit and will be showcasing some of their tips and tricks on our Instagram account on April 12.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit preventchildabuse.org to learn what you can do to support kids across the country — and around the corner. Support #greatchildhoods  #CAPMonth

Read about the work of the Junior League on our editorial platform: Who Wouldn't Want To Stop Child Abuse

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Learn more about how you can help raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate your communitiy on how to prevent it, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center  and NoMore.org #SAAM

Find out what Junior Leagues are doing regarding Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking and delve into these topic sfurther on our editorial platform "19/01":

In Birmingham, Raising Funds And Community Awareness

Facing Danger On The Front And In The Barracks

What’s The Value Of ‘Volunteer Experience’?

Sustainable Assets: Jan Langbein

What If They Renamed “Domestic Violence?”

JL Interview Exclusive: Holly Dunn Pendleton

World Health Day: April 7, 2018

On World Health Day, the World Health Organization shines a spotlight on the need for all people to be able to obtain essential health services #HealthForAll #WorldHealthDay

True to our mission, the women of the Junior League have a consistent track record of tackling issues that mainstream society wanted to ignore. Read about our work in AIDS, Childhood immunization; Childhood obesity; Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Hunger and Poverty.

Earth Day: April 22, 2018

Stop by Earth Day Network and get information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Then learn more about the Junior League's trail-blazing legacy in environmental advocacy. #EarthDay2018