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What We Do

Pioneering positive change

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing 150,000 women in over 200 Leagues in four countries.

Our mandate has not wavered: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but also change the way people think. This important work has won us dedicated community and corporate partners and loyal supporters for more than 114 years as well as an enduring legacy as the foremost provider of civic leadership training for women.

For more than a century The Junior League has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems and finding solutions in a collaborative way. The list of issues they've tackled is long and complicated:  pollution, illiteracy, domestic violence, foster children without a safety net, to name just a few. 

Our approach is simple. Through hands-on training and formal learning opportunities we give women the skills they need to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Among our many successes are our contributions to the passage of the Clean Water Act, our campaign for free school lunches, the “Don’t Wait to Vaccinate” campaign, and The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which combats childhood obesity and educates families on health and nutrition, to name just a few.


The women of JLLC are determined to improve the childhood literacy statistics in our community through our "A Book of My Own" Initiative. Our goal is to provide a book to every 2nd grader in Dona Ana County.

You can help continue the legacy Junior League has established with its commitment to improving communities and supporting our children with your donations.  For more information, please email

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