Our Mission

The Junior League of Reading is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

Our Vision

Women around the world acting as catalysts for lasting community change.

Our Focus

The trained volunteers of The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. are focused on empowering youth by creating, improving, and expanding the resources and opportunities available for their growth, development and overall welfare, so they can become stewards of leadership in their communities.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.

Who
are
we
?

The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. (JLR) has been a leader in volunteer service in Berks County for 100 years! Today, nearly 300 members from every corner of Berks County pledge their support to the League’s mission. The JLR trains women to be effective leaders in the community through seminars, national conferences, and hands-on training in personal and leadership development, organizational management, and community impact.

JLR is part of an international organization, The Association of Junior Leagues International, which has over 295 Junior Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

 

What
we
do
!

Our goals are to improve the self-esteem of youth and empower our youth to become community  leaders. We achieve this by increasing access to leadership development programs, increasing awareness of issues affecting the development of positive self-esteem and increasing opportunities for empowerment through youth volunteer service.

Our current programming includes:

  • Young Women’s Summit: a two-day summit designed to empower middle school girls to be community leaders
  • Touch-A-Truck: a community event providing family fun and education to over 2,000 men, women and children
  • Community Connections Club (formerly known as Service Saturdays): done-in-a-day service learning projects with young women at Olivet Boys and Girls Club
  • Educational forums, community documentary screenings and panel discussions impacting over 500 men, women and children

Our efforts over the last year alone have impacted over 2,000 children and empowered over 100 women leaders!

Our Legacy

Organizations and programs that were founded or substantially assisted by the Junior League of Reading and collaborative partners include: Leadership Berks, Opportunity House, Children’s Alliance Center, BEACON House, Emma’s Place, Second Street Learning Center, Safe Berks (formerly BWIC), VOiCEup and the Young Women’s Summit

Our Members

The Junior League of Reading has 93 active members and 154 sustaining members.  Our membership consists of business owners, professional women, working mothers, and stay-at-home moms who devote countless hours to help improve our community.

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Board of Directors

The Junior League Board of Directors are responsible for the governance and management of the League. They directly plan and oversee the effectiveness of the League’s programs, promote the achievement of established goals, and further the work and impact of the League.

 

Alyssa Redding

President

“I became a member of The Junior League of Reading to give back to the Berks County community, to empower young women, and to learn from the amazing women who are JLR members. My favorite memory from The Junior League of Reading is Fall Fest 2018.”

 

Jenna Hiester

President Elect

‘I joined JLR to be a part of something bigger than myself. I love working with so many amazing women with diverse talents and backgrounds to achieve lasting change in our community. I truly believe in the positive impact of our League’s mission of Youth Empowerment. I am thankful to learn more about effective leadership and programming from mentors I am now lucky to call friends.’

Caroline Lash Hill

President Elect Elect

‘It’s the team! Incredible women in our membership and as many opportunities as you can handle for working with community stakeholders in Reading and beyond. Nothing happens without volunteers here, and the quality of our programming makes me proud to be a part of this.’

Becky Doutrich

Secretary

‘I am a member of the Junior League of Reading to connect with like-minded women and be a positive part of our community.’

Alexandra Yeity

Treasurer

‘I joined JLR because I was looking for a way to connect with women in Berks and give back to our community. I stayed because of the meaningful work we do and the personal growth opportunities provided through JLR & AJLI.

One of my favorite things about JLR is The Period Poverty Initiative.

Coming off of a great centennial celebration year I am most looking forward to laying the ground work for the next 100!’

Melody Walley

Member at Large

‘I love being part of an organization that empowers women to take on leadership roles and have an impact on our communities. Through my time with JLR I have learned skills that have helped me grow personally as well as professionally, and made lasting friendships with amazing and inspirational women!’

Sharon Phillips

Sustainer Representative

‘I am a member of JLR to collaborate with women who want to improve their community. I am looking forward to being a member of the Board of Directors.’

Yuriko Beaman

DEIB Vice President

‘Learning and personal growth are important to me. JLR provides opportunities to develop skills and serve our community with amazing women. We help each other to grow!

Young Women’s summit is a fabulous opportunity to serve and also to share skills with others. I love volunteering at this event!

I am looking forward to serving on board and promoting Belonging and Empathy for our league members!’

Christina Yatron

Community Council Vice President

‘Community service is very important to me and the JLR provides many opportunities for me to get involved. We work with many different types of organizations and do many different kinds of work so I am able to get a better understanding of what is going on where I live and where the need is. I have learned so much through these projects and the people I have met along the way. It is also important to me that my children see this involvement so they too will be inspired to give their time in meaningful ways. ‘

Maria Hottenstein

Financial Resources Council Vice President

Coming soon

Dana Heins

Membership Council Vice President

‘I love being a member of JLR because of the inspiration I feel when working with so many fabulous women! Many hands make light work, and JLR is the perfect example of that. When empowered, creative women come together, we can meet the needs of Berks County!

I can’t wait to work with new members because I love their energy and their new perspectives!’

Active Members

Our 93 active members donate 355+ hours per year in community service at a value of over $10,130. These hours include 30+ volunteer events such as Girls on the Run 5K, Thanksgiving dinner and Community Connections Club at Olivet Boys and Girls Club, and Young Women’s Summit.

Sustaining Members

Our Sustaining Members continue to support the Junior League mission.  Since June of 2008 Sustaining Members have donated over $84K to not-for-profit organizations that support children’s issues within Berks County.  In addition to financial support, members volunteer at Done in a Day projects  that support initiatives such as JLR’s Young Women’s Summit and various not-for-profits within Berks County.  While volunteering can keep us busy, we do enjoy time together at book clubs, luncheons, dinners, happy hours and issues trips.