Our Mission

The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. (JLR) 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.

To accomplish our mission, we depend on our enthusiastic and committed members!

Who can join?

Membership is open to any woman who is 18 years or older living in Berks County and interested in our community, expanding her skills, sharing her talents and making friends.

Member Benefits

Training is offered in a variety of areas. Some examples include grant and proposal writing, public relations, fundraising, advocacy, and parliamentary procedure. We develop the potential of women to:

  • be effective volunteers
  • have a voice in the community
  • influence strategies and decision-making on community issues
  • gain leadership experience

New Member Process

Below is our process for new members.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

*optional

1

Reach Out!

Send us your information to start the process!

You may also contact our league office at info@jlreading.org. You will then be contacted by a Junior League of Reading member.

2

Come To An Event*

Spend a fun evening meeting our active members at one of our Recruitment Open Houses.

August 22, 2018 New Member Open House at the Peanut Bar 6pm-8pm

September 13th, 2018 New Member Open House at Junior League Headquarters in Wyomissing 6pm-8pm

3

Take a Tour*

Take a Tour of our newly renovated Headquarters located on Penn Avenue in Wyomissing. Our Headquarters is used for committee meetings and socials. Contact us to schedule a tour.

4

Commit!

Commitment to join as a new member means trainings, personal development and friendships that will last a lifetime. Your new member year is a year of training and learning about the Junior League all while volunteering in the community. Dues for your new member year are $81.

Expectations

Here is what you can expect from your New Member training year and beyond.

New Member Year

1

Orientation Day "Super Saturday"

Join fellow New Members at South Mountain YMCA on October 13th for a fun morning getting to know one another, developing friendships and learning more about the Junior League of Reading. Join us for breakfast at 9 am and team building exercises will follow until 12pm.

2

Attend New Member Experiences

New members have the opportunity to attend an “experience” each month. The 2018-2019 experience calendar is as follows:
October: “Super Saturday” Training Day October 13th from 9-12 at South Mountain YMCA
November: Volunteer at Olivet Boys & Girls Club facilitating Thanksgiving Pre-dinner activities for children.
December: Christmas Social at Headquarters
January: Volunteer serving breakfast at Opportunity House and Escape Room Social
February: Volunteer at the Young Women’s Summit
March: Wine Mixer
April: Spring Social
May: Junior League Annual Dinner

 

3

Attend Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings and General Membership Meetings are held monthly at the Reading Public Museum from September through April with the exception of December. May’s General Membership Meeting is held during the Annual Dinner. Please join us for as many as you can!

General Membership Meeting (GMM) dates:
September 12th
October 10th
November 14th
January 16th
February 13th
March 13th
April 10th
May 15th (Ticket for dinner must be purchased)

 

4

New Member Project

New Members collaborate to plan and execute a project to support our community. Prior New Member Projects have included a book drive for 2nd Street Learning Center as well as a toy drive and organizing space for Threads of Change.

After New Member Year

1

Annual Dinner

Annual dinner will take place on May 15th, 2019. Our New Members will be recognized and promoted to Active members during this celebration of our league year.

2

Placed on a Committee

You will meet with an advisor at the Wine Mixer in March to share your strengths and interests for various committees in our League. Depending on your discussion, you will then be placed on a committee for your first full Active year. Each succeeding year you will meet with an advisor in the Fall and the Spring to determine where you will shine, grow and become a leader.

Reach Out!

Are you ready to join the Junior League of Reading?