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The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

 

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Community Impact

With a focus on the emotional health of youth, the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowered program seeks to improve the self-esteem of our youth and empower them to become leaders in our community.

Our strategies include:

  • Increasing access to leadership programs and opportunities
  • Providing educational forums on issues affecting the development of positive self-esteem
  • Increasing opportunities for empowerment through youth volunteer service

Young Women’s Summit

The JLR’s Young Women’s Summit is a four-day workshop, facilitated by the members of JLR, for historically underserved girls in local middle schools. The purpose of the Summit is to engage a diverse group of young women from Berks County in a meaningful dialogue that will: expand their developmental assets, cultivate their leadership skills, and empower them to make a difference in their community through civic engagement and the creation of a community project. At the end of the four-day Summit, the young women will have identified their personal strengths, defined an area of need within the community, and have completed a service learning project to positively impact their community. This process will move these young women away from being objects of programs towards being the creators of a resource to positively impact their community.

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Olivet Boys & Girls Club

In November 2010, we started serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to its members and their families. Fast forward to today, and this event is one of our most popular and favored among our members.  Our members volunteer to prepare turkeys, hams, all the sides and desserts that go along with Thanksgiving.  We deliver and serve the food while also providing entertainment for the kids who attend.

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Community Impact

With a focus on the emotional health of youth, the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowered program seeks to improve the self-esteem of our youth and empower them to become leaders in our community.

Our strategies include:

  • Increasing access to leadership programs and opportunities
  • Providing educational forums on issues affecting the development of positive self-esteem
  • Increasing opportunities for empowerment through youth volunteer service

Young Women’s Summit

The JLR’s Young Women’s Summit is a four-day workshop, facilitated by the members of JLR, for historically underserved girls in local middle schools. The purpose of the Summit is to engage a diverse group of young women from Berks County in a meaningful dialogue that will: expand their developmental assets, cultivate their leadership skills, and empower them to make a difference in their community through civic engagement and the creation of a community project. At the end of the four-day Summit, the young women will have identified their personal strengths, defined an area of need within the community, and have completed a service learning project to positively impact their community. This process will move these young women away from being objects of programs towards being the creators of a resource to positively impact their community.

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Olivet Boys & Girls Club

In November 2010, we started serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to its members and their families. Fast forward to today, and this event is one of our most popular and favored among our members.  Our members volunteer to prepare turkeys, hams, all the sides and desserts that go along with Thanksgiving.  We deliver and serve the food while also providing entertainment for the kids who attend.

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Events

The Junior League of Reading’s members devote countless hours to planning and volunteering at our annual community events.  We will see you at West Reading’s Fall Fest on September 17th.  Touch a Truck will be coming back in the Spring date TBD. 

Fundraisers

 

JLR is participating in Boscov’s annual Friends Helping Friends fundraiser.

How it works: Shopping Passes are available for $5. This pass offers our supporters 25% off the chain’s lowest sale prices on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 8am-11pm, plus a chance to register to win a $100 gift card at each Boscov’s location. This event will be in store and one day only. JLR keeps 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these passes.
The Community Contributions committee will have the shopping passes at Tuesday’s GMM for cash purchase or for online pre-order pick-up. If you would like to purchase coupons online, please visit this link. Add as many passes as you’d like to your cart and checkout. Buy as gifts for friends and family, or to sell on your own. FYI there is an online processing fee.
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Touch-A-Truck

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreation vehicles, farm equipment, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and much more! Enjoy this fun community event where kids can climb on, scramble over, and touch a variety of vehicles. Join us for live music, food, games, and Special Reading Fightin’ Phil actives at the ballpark. A sensory-free hour will be available for those who prefer a quieter environment.

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Events

The Junior League of Reading’s members devote countless hours to planning and volunteering at our annual community events.  We will see you at West Reading’s Fall Fest on September 17th.  Touch a Truck will be coming back in the Spring date TBD. 

Fundraisers

 

JLR is participating in Boscov’s annual Friends Helping Friends fundraiser.

How it works: Shopping Passes are available for $5. This pass offers our supporters 25% off the chain’s lowest sale prices on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 8am-11pm, plus a chance to register to win a $100 gift card at each Boscov’s location. This event will be in store and one day only. JLR keeps 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these passes.
The Community Contributions committee will have the shopping passes at Tuesday’s GMM for cash purchase or for online pre-order pick-up. If you would like to purchase coupons online, please visit this link. Add as many passes as you’d like to your cart and checkout. Buy as gifts for friends and family, or to sell on your own. FYI there is an online processing fee.
- Learn More -

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreation vehicles, farm equipment, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and much more! Enjoy this fun community event where kids can climb on, scramble over, and touch a variety of vehicles. Join us for live music, food, games, and Special Reading Fightin’ Phil actives at the ballpark. A sensory-free hour will be available for those who prefer a quieter environment.

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