Junior League of St. Louis is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. During our 103-year history, we have been proud to serve St. Louis and our surrounding communities.
Our current community impact initiative, Day 366, centers on reducing the infant mortality rate in the greater St. Louis area. Every week in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, 46 babies are born too early, 32 babies are born too small and five babies die before their first birthdays. As an organization, we were astounded to learn that the infant mortality rate in parts of our community is worse than it is in some developing nations. And the thing is, these deaths are largely preventable. Whether it’s ensuring a mother receives proper pre- and post-natal care, that her baby has clean diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream to prevent infections, or that a mom has an opportunity to connect with other new mothers so she doesn’t feel alone, we are excited to work with our community partners to help the smallest in our community thrive to their 366th day and beyond.
This much-needed work would not be possible if it were not for our outstanding members who provide more than 16,000 hours of volunteer labor to the St. Louis community each year. These women give of their time, talents, and funds to ensure we continue moving forward in fulfilling our mission to build better communities. While they volunteer, they are learning valuable skills that help them in both their work and personal lives. We offer an annual leadership development curriculum, as well as volunteer training. Many of our members have utilized their JLSL skills to change or advance their careers, while others have made JLSL a career of sorts.
Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of St. Louis. I encourage you to learn more about us by exploring our website or by finding us on social media, and then let us know how we can connect with you. Whether you become a member, a friend of League, a community partner, or a sponsor of our impactful work, we welcome you.
On behalf of the 2017-18 Board of Governance, we are excited to team up with our members, donors, and community partners to act as catalysts for lasting change!