Our Mission: Empowering Women for Positive Change in the Community.
Catalysts for Change
The Junior League of Akron is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities. All through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Since our founding in 1926, the Junior League of Akron has grown to represent nearly 30 communities throughout the Greater Akron area. Our members include business leaders, entrepreneurs, professional women and stay-at-home moms who are committed to serving our community. In fact, Junior League of Akron members have become catalysts for change— raising funds, chairing events, founding organizations and delivering critical assistance to local people in need.
The Junior League of Akron provides training opportunities in five distinct ways: organizational and committee leadership; development of and service to the League’s Focus Area; volunteer support of local non-profit organizations; fundraising; and event planning and management.
Each calendar year, active members of the Junior League of Akron deliver a minimum of 1,000 hours to one-day volunteer opportunities throughout Greater Akron. This number is in addition to the personal time contributed by each League member.
The Junior League of Akron’s most recognizable events include sale of our Beginnings cookbook and our signature fundraising event— Designer ShowHouse. The Designer ShowHouse offers the public the opportunity to tour one of Akron’s finest homes, completely redesigned by local professional design firms.
Meeting an Emerging Community Need
The majority of the Junior League of Akron’s training, volunteer hours and funding is dedicated to a Focus Area, an unmet or emerging need within the community. It’s typically supported for up to five years, with programs and projects developed around it. Current initiatives within our Focus Area, “Strengthening Families for a Better Tomorrow,” are concentrated on childhood wellness.
Become a Member
If you’re interested in joining the Junior League of Akron, you must be willing to help continue our legacy of meaningful service to the Greater Akron community. We accept applications each spring, with the new member class begining in the fall. Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who are at least 21 years of age. Click here to learn more.