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.
Women around the world acting as catalysts for lasting community change.
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.
The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. (JLR) has been a leader in volunteer service in Berks County for 96 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 291 Junior Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
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 four-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
- 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!
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
The Junior League of Reading has 80 active members and 162 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.– Learn About Becoming a Member –
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.
“I love working with caring, inspiring women whom are driven to make a difference in our community and the future of our community. I would have to say it’s the League as a whole that inspires me… the mission and how we work together to fulfill the mission.”
“I moved to Reading as an adult and I joined league to get to know the city and some of the women committed to making this a better place to live. I stay in league because I am in love with our initiative to empower youth and with each year we find better ways of making this happen. The connectedness that working with these women brings together makes it seem like we could change the world.”
“I joined the Junior League of Reading in order to help build a better community, be a positive example of volunteerism and leadership for my children, and meet like-minded women!”
Member at Large
“I joined the JLR 7 years ago because I did not grow up in the area, and was looking for a way to not only serve my new community, but to make new connections. The JLR has provided many ways for me to give back and new friendships, and I love that it also gives me the opportunity to teach my son by example how to care for the community we live in.”
Community Council VP
“I transferred to JLR from another JL chapter when I moved to Reading in 2016. The Junior League has given me the opportunity to get involved and give back to my community. More specifically in Reading, JLR has provided me with invaluable leadership and organizational training that I have applied in both personal and professional situations.”
Membership Council VP
“I was a stay-at-home mom new to the area with little kids 6 years ago when I joined JLR as a way to meet new women.
I have always believed that volunteering is such an amazing chance to give back to the community and strongly believe in the JLR’s Youth Empowerment initiative.
I love JLR for the same reasons I joined! It’s a great opportunity to continue meeting amazing new women, grow as a leader and give back to young women in our community.
I stay in JLR because there is always more work to be done-with myself and the community!”
Financial Resources Council VP
“The Junior League provides me with an opportunity to collaborate with other women to influence, change and build up our community. I believe in our youth empowerment mission and the importance and value in working together to help all of those in our area to be better and stronger together.”
“The Junior League of Reading is a shining example of the power of women, and the tremendous things we can accomplish for ourselves, our community, and each other, when we come together, share our strengths, and take action. JLR is a force in Reading, and I am honored to be a part of it!”
“I was an active member of JLR for 11 years. When my kids were young, I decided to go sustaining because we were living in Oley, I was teaching full time and my plate was very full. My family moved to Wyomissing a few years ago and I wanted to re-engage with JLR to make community connections and get back to volunteering on a regular basis. Serving as the Sustaining Rep on Board allows me to make connections with Sustainers, Actives and continue to support our community.”
“Throughout the past 4 years, I’ve witnessed the tenacity our members have to better our community and support our youth empowerment initiative. I joined the Junior League of Reading to help build the community up, and to meet women with the same mindset. I was not disappointed!”
Our 80 active members donate 700+ hours per year in community service at a value of over $17,801. These hours include 30+ volunteer events such as Girls on the Run 5K, Thanksgiving dinner and Service Saturdays at Olivet Boys and Girls Club, and Young Women’s Summit.
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.