Learn More About Junior League
What is Junior League?
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) 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. Currently, there are 292 Leagues with more than 150,000 women in four countries.
The Junior League was started in 1901 by Mary Harriman. Harriman and her friends would organize to help improve social conditions in their city. In 1921 the Leagues joined forces as an association, which is today known as The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. This allowed them to bolster their power and amplify their voice through shared knowledge and common causes.
About Junior League of the Flint Hills
The Junior League of the Flint Hills is an organization of women dedicated to making the communities of Manhattan, Wamego, and Junction City a better place to live by training our members to be effective, meaningful volunteers in the community. The Junior League of the Flint Hills joined the Association of Junior Leagues in 1998.
We are a membership of active and sustaining women who are dedicated to the long-standing tradition of Women Building Better Communities. In our history, we have committed many hours to multiple agencies in order to better our communities.
What we do
Through a variety of community partnerships, JLFH members actively volunteer in the community. League members accounted for more than 228 organized volunteer hours through Do In A Day programs in 2012 alone. Some of the many organizations we've worked with in the last few years include: Manhattan Emergency Shelter, The Crisis Center, CASA, Boys and Girls Club, the Manhattan Public Library and the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
In addition to supporting volunteer opportunities directly impacting women and children in the Flint Hills, Junior League members receive hands-on training and experience mentoring, leadership, fundraising and skill development. If you are looking to lead, the league may be just the right fit for you to practice and develop leadership skills.
Improve Our Communities
Just in the last five years, the donations of league ladies have supported the Junction City Library, Flint Hills Breadbasket, Wamego Community Health Ministries, Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan, Manhattan Public Library, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, and the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.
One of the primary focus areas of JLFH is literacy. Fundraising efforts through the year supply books to our Flint Hills communities. In an average year, the league donates nearly 3,000 books through the Books for Babies program at local hospitals. JLFH ladies also stock several community bookshelves with almost 1,000 books per year.