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.
The League reaches out to women of every race, religion, and national origin who share a common commitment to voluntarism.
The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. (JLR) has been a leader in volunteer service in Berks County for 95 years! Today, nearly 400 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 296 Junior Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain.
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-aged girls to be community leaders.
- Life Skills Luncheons—a volunteer driven lunch program for middle school girls which engages them in conversations about meaningful topics.
- Educational forums, community documentary screenings and panel discussions impacting over 500 men, women and children
- A Touch-A-Truck community event providing family fun and education to over 2,000 men, women and children
Our efforts over the last year alone have impacted over 2,500 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 more than 70 active members and 160 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 the JLR because we have many women who work together to do great things in our community and make it a better place for everyone!”
“I am consistently awed and inspired by this tireless group of women and the incredible work they do in the community.”
“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.”
VP of Community
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.
VP of Finance
“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.”
VP of Membership
“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! “
“I love the JLR because it connects me with the amazing women, informs me about the issues facing the community and empowers me to get involved and make a difference.”
Board Member at Large
“I continue to be inspired by the dedicated women I’ve met through the years that put countless hours, support, and love back into our community. From the service projects to developing our future leaders, I know we’re making a difference.”
“Being part of an organization of women who truly inspire others to be the best they can be. Helping our local community members so others can excel and achieve their hopes and dreams.”
“I have many reasons why I joined JLR, but the most important reason for me was to have the opportunity to show my kids that there are positive ways that we can all help others less fortunate than we are in our community. An additional benefit for me personally was that I met so many wonderful women who have been supportive, inspiring and encouraging.”
Our 70 active members donate over 800 hours a year in community service at a value of over $19,752. Included in these hours are serving Thanksgiving dinner to children in need, empowering young girls over two weekends at our Young Women’s Summit and facilitating life skills luncheons in schools.
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 own 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.