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.

Next opportunity to meet JLR –

September 15, 2020 | 7pm – ZOOM with League
All are welcome to join the JLR via ZOOM to learn more about becoming a member this year!  RSVP to New Member Committee Chair, Meg Valente, at meganfvalente@gmail.com for the link!

 

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 Junior League Headquarters in Wyomissing on Saturday, October 3, 2020 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 9am and team building exercises will follow until 12pm.  Our 2020 plans are for a socially distant gathering.  Please bring a mask and feel free to contact New Member Committee Chair, Meg Valente, at meganfvalente@gmail.com with any questions. 

2

Attend New Member Experiences

New members have the opportunity to attend an “experience” each month. The 2020-2021 experience calendar is as follows:
October: “Super Saturday” at Junior League of Reading Headquarters on October 3rd from 9am-12pm.
November: Volunteer at Olivet Boys & Girls Club facilitating Thanksgiving pre-dinner activities for children pending PA COVID-19 guidelines for gathering indoors; Help organize the Angel Tree gifts for Concern ongoing throughout the month.
December: Holiday Cookie Exchange at Junior League Headquarters pending PA COVID-19 guidelines for gathering indoors.
January: Volunteer at Opportunity House serving breakfast (date TBD)
February: Volunteer at the Young Women’s Summit on February 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th.
March: Wine Mixer (date TBD)
April: Complete New Member Project
May: Junior League Annual Dinner (date TBD)

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 17, 2020 
October 14, 2020
November 12, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 18, 2021
March Options Meeting – dates TBD (not held at the Museum)
April 14, 2021

4

New Member Project

New Members collaborate to plan and execute a project to support our community. Successful New Member Projects have included a book drive for 2nd Street Learning Center, a toy drive and organizing space for Threads of Change, and a career fair for young women in Reading area high schools offering inspiration about possible career paths.  As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in Spring 2020, new members were still able to accomplish a fundraiser by gathering donations for the Helping Harvest Food Bank of Reading.

After New Member Year

1

Annual Dinner

Annual dinner will take place in May 2021 (date TBD). 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?