In 1923, ten New Orleans women dedicated to improving Metropolitan New Orleans recruited like-minded volunteers and joined the Association of Junior Leagues International. The Junior League of New Orleans officially launched on March 31, 1924 with 40 women. Now, JLNO is home to about 2,200 Provisional, Active, and Sustaining members, making it the 8th largest League in the world.
Historically, JLNO has identified needs in the community and designed projects with an eye towards maximum community impact. A few examples of JLNO projects over the years are:
- The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital
- Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
- Parkway Partners
- The Louisiana Nature and Science Center
We have also created or supported programs at Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Kingsley House. JLNO has been involved in over 100 community programs, investing millions of dollars and millions of volunteer hours. For what we are working on today, please see our Community Impact page.
To understand the value of an organization, one only has to imagine what a community would look like without it. JLNO’s work is impactful, and the absence of experiential training for our members would mean less nonprofit organizations in our community. New Orleans would have fewer founders conceiving of these organizations, fewer board members leading them, fewer volunteers serving, and fewer donors valuing these causes through their financial support.
JLNO’s platform of voluntarism goes beyond teaching entrepreneurial skills to a child or providing diapers for families. Guided by our mission and focus, our members identify a need, envision a solution, and then administrate, staff, and execute projects that improve the lives of the under-served in our community.
One civic-minded woman can start a movement. JLNO is proud to have a thriving organization where one such woman or all 2,200 of our members can envision and execute her commitment to voluntarism in a way that is impactful and relevant to both that member and the community in which she serves.