Spotlight on Nonprofits
Spotlight Junior League of Little Rock
What’s It All About? Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR) is one of the oldest women’s groups in the city, tracing its roots back to 1922. It was formed to promote volunteerism and to develop the potential of women to effect positive change. JLLR membership opportunities are open to women of every race, religion and national origin who share a commitment to improving the community.
As a service organization, Junior League of Little Rock has contributed millions of dollars and thousands of service hours over its history. Some of Little Rock’s best-known and most-loved institutions came about with the help of the JLLR, including the Arkansas Arts Center, Riverfest, Potluck Food Rescue and Museum of Discovery.
The group’s fundraisers and events include:
Holiday House: Approximately 14,000 shoppers visit Holiday House every year to kick off the holiday shopping season. Over almost three decades, Holiday House has raised millions to fund JLLR’s community priority projects. This year’s event is slated for Nov. 6-9, 2019, at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.
Kota Camp: The JLLR created Kota Camp in cooperation with Little Rock’s Camp Aldersgate. Kota Camps are weeklong inclusionary camps for disabled and non-disabled children, ages 6 to 18. Children with disabilities and medical conditions, along with their non-disabled siblings and friends, come together to experience the benefits that camp can offer.
Stuff the Bus: Launched in the spring of 2006, Stuff the Bus provides basic back-to-school items to children whose families struggle to afford school supplies. STB serves seven elementary schools within the Little Rock School District, assisting more than 3,000 elementary age students.
Little Readers Rock focuses on promoting literacy for young children up to third grade by improving their reading skills. During the 2017-2018 school year, Little Readers Rock supplied more than 5,000 books to students through reading days at seven local schools, via the Arkansas Literary Festival and other book giveaways.
Boosters & Big Rigs, August 10: This family-friendly, free community event provides children with dental, vision and wellness screenings. The event also provides children with an educational and fun opportunity to explore and touch community vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars. Boosters & Big Rigs is presented in partnership with UALR Children International.
Where Can I Find It? JLLR is housed at 401 S. Scott St. in downtown Little Rock.
When Can I Attend? Membership applications and information are available at jllr.org.
Who’s Leading? Junior League of Little Rock is governed by a 12-member board. The 2019-20 president of the organization is Jennifer Goss.
Why Is It Important? Junior League of Little Rock has been the driving force behind the kinds of initiatives and institutions that make the Little Rock community a healthier, more vital place to live. After nearly 100 years, it’s still living out that mission, most recently with a 10-year strategic plan unveiled in 2010. That plan outlined goals and objectives, including decreasing childhood obesity in Little Rock by increasing access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity and to improve literacy skills among Pulaski County students by narrowing the readiness gap. In these and many other ways, the Junior League has established itself as the premier source of female leadership development in Little Rock.
How Can I Help? In addition to attending fundraiser events or joining the group outright, donations may be made via the JLLR website, jllr.org.