Monday, March 3, 2014

Fun! Fun! Fun!The Junior League of Washington’s Children’s Trunk Show is Saturday, March 8th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Crystal City. Bargain shoppers will love our quality pre-owned children’s clothes, furniture, high chairs, swings, toys, books, and maternity gear. Tons of brand new Lansinoh products too! Our “quality corner” features new children’s items and gently used designer children’s clothes. Fun for the whole family with entertainment, drawings and lite refreshments. Tickets $10; kids are FREE. Cash or check only for purchased merchandise.

Bring an unopened package of disposable diapers or baby wipes with you and receive 1 free drawing ticket.
Proceeds from the sales at Tossed & Found go to support the mission of the Junior League of Washington, including our focus on promoting literacy in the Washington area. For more information, visit

Metro accessible (Crystal City stop - blue/yellow line) and free parking! 251 18th Street, South, 8th Floor, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Support the JLW Mission All Year Long!

This past year at the Junior League of Washington, we have all accomplished so much in living out our mission of developing the potential of women, improving our community, and providing trained volunteers.  I hope that you all are as proud of all of the League accomplishments as we are at the Annual Fund.  One great way to continue supporting this mission is through your donation to the Annual Fund. Annual Fund is the League’s way of continuing to raise funds in support of our mission, outside of our dues and events, all year long.   

The great news is that there is still time to make your tax-deductible Annual Fund donation and to celebrate at our March 6th Sippin’ and DIPpin’ event! Our event’s name is a reflection of our commitment to DIP Develop the potential of women, Improve communities and Provide trained volunteers.  Donate $25 or more to earn a Membership Credit and to join us for a fun evening at JLW HQ on March 6th from 6:30-8:00.  This awesome event will include beverages to sip, nibbles to dip, speakers (including our own JLW President Shiela Corley!), and the chance to win raffle prizes. One of the raffle prizes is valued at over $700! RSVP here. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Calling for Diapers! A Quick & Easy Way to Make a Huge Difference.

By Sara Swabb

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Why Diapers?
Many of you are mothers, aunts, nannies, or have simply walked by the diaper aisle at the grocery and understand that the cost of diapers can add up quickly.  Statistics show that a baby needs 10 to 12 diapers a day, costing about $100 to $120 each month.  Parents who cannot afford this expense routinely run out of diapers.

Babies who remain in dirty diapers for prolonged periods experience diaper rash, infections, or other health problems, and typically express their discomfort through crying.  And the pain that a parent feels at not being able to meet their children’s basic needs adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting.

How Can You Help?
To help mitigate this relevant issue in the District, My Sister’s Place (MSP) volunteers are calling on all JLW members and their networks to donate diapers and baby wipes for the children of MSP.  Diapers must be disposable and all sizes (infant, toddler, pull-up) are acceptable.  Just drop off the items at the JLW headquarters in the first floor kitchen by March 15, 2014. 

Think You’re Too Busy to Help?
Sometimes it’s tough to get to the store, purchase the items, and complete the drop off.  If this is the case for you, check out or and get the items shipped straight to JLW headquarters:

Mail these to:
                      ATTN: Jackie Paranzino, My Sister’s Place Chair
                      3039 M Street NW
                      Washington, DC 20007

Still Have Questions?
Feel free to contact Jackie Paranzino, MSP Committee Chair, at

Monday, February 3, 2014

More Fun Than a Day At the Ball Park!

The Community Events Planning Committee spent Saturday, January 11th, at Children’s National Medical Center taking part in a new Kids In The Kitchen event. This was the first event in what will hopefully be a long relationship with Children’s National Medical Center.

Kids in the Kitchen’s goal is to provide children with nutritional literacy and equip them to make smart decisions about food and physical fitness. Saturday’s event took place in the Washington National’s Diabetes Care Complex within the Children’s National facility. The beautiful wing of the hospital added to the excitement of the day, with a replica of the baseball diamond from National’s Park built into the floor.

Young patients were treated to white chefs hats and goodie bags while they roamed from activity station to activity station to collect recipe cards, which fit together to form a healthy eating cook book.

The baseball theme continued throughout the activities starting with Healthy Eating Bingo. After getting three healthy foods in a row, winners received a baseball for a prize. And at the trivia station, children were quizzed about healthy foods in comparison to baseball-themed items. Did you know that a serving of fruits or veggies should be the same size as a baseball? At the face painting table, you could get a baseball painted on or if you were feeling silly, a fake mustache!

JLW will be hosting another, great Kids in the Kitchen event on Saturday, March 1st, at the YMCA National Capital. If you have young children, this event is not to be missed!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Reindeer & Cookies & Presents…JLW My Sister’s Place Committee Gives the Gift of Holiday Cheer

With the holidays just around the corner, the JLW My Sister’s Place Committee hosted their annual holiday celebration Wednesday December 11th.  The highly anticipated event was well attended by the women and children who are currently in the My Sister’s Place emergency protection program.

Cookies, Cards, and Candy Canes
JLW committee members and 7 mini placement new members brought in all the stops to make this holiday celebration special.  Various stations were set up at the party, and kids were able to decorate cutout cookies, create personalized holiday cards, and transform candy canes into reindeer.
The friendly clients at Langley helped to provide decorations and cards to each of the families for the holidays!

Thanks for Your Adopt-A-Child Donations!
Through the committee’s successful Adopt-A-Child or Mother drive, the JLW provided holiday gifts and necessities for over 28 children and 13 mothers.  The gifts for each child provided pajamas, outfit/shoes for school, winter coat, gloves/hat, books and a toy for each child to unwrap during the holiday seasons.

At the holiday party, JLW members presented My Sister’s Place mothers with unwrapped gifts – that way, moms can wrap and give the gifts to their children at the end of the month.
“This holiday party was a great success, and a great way to pull JLW’s membership community together and Langley (another JLW community partner) to share joy in this holiday season with My Sister’s Place,” said Jackie Paranzino.

What Is My Sister’s Place?
My Sister’s Place is the largest and oldest non-profit agency exclusively serving battered women and their children in the D.C. area and the Junior League of Washington (JLW) has supported their work since the 1970’s.  Every year, thousands of victims of domestic violence find sanctuary from abuse in its residential programs and supportive services. 

Want to Learn More?
If you would like more information about the committee, please contact My Sister’s Place chair, Jackie Paranzino,

Monday, November 18, 2013

Join us at Holiday Shops!

As we move steadily toward the holiday season, many people start to scatter across the city and the country. The weekend before Thanksgiving – while juggling thoughts of basting turkeys and mashing potatoes and packing to go home – hundreds will gather at the historic Sphinx Club in downtown Washington. Why will they be there? A holiday tradition 55 years in the making—Holiday Shops Presented by The Junior League of Washington.

They will huddle outside the ornate building fa├žade at the edge of Franklin Square on Thursday, November 21 as the doors open for an exclusive sneak peek at the goods gathered. Bright, sparkling lights and evergreen decorations will greet them as they sip cocktails and nibble hors d’oeuvres while they are mesmerized by the holiday fashion show. As a live DJ mixes festive music, others will have started buying up their coveted goods.

Removed from the hustle and bustle of K Street on a weekday morning, a special group will take advantage of a lesser known Holiday Shops tradition: the Early Bird Breakfast hosted jointly by Lindamood-Bell and JLW. While helping to support the JLW Meg Graham Scholarship Endowment, attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast buffet including a festive hot chocolate bar.

And as the breakfast plates are cleared, coffee cups washed and hot chocolate bar wheeled away, the Sphinx Club will awaken – General Shopping starts at 11 a.m. and continues through Sunday at 4 p.m.

During the feverish general shopping, set-up will commence for the signature event of the weekend: the Black, White & Read All Over Auction and Cocktail Party. This grand party will result in vital funding for critical JLW community committees, outreach and services and enable the Junior League to extend beyond our 101 years of service and dedication to the D.C. community. Delicious food, amazing drinks and fantastic music will make this a Junior League night to remember and a great start to the holiday party circuit.

And last – but certainly not least –during the holiday seasons – Santa and Mrs. Claus will detour for a D.C. visit as they take pictures with families and we’re all treated to the sounds of live bagpipes.

So why attend the Junior League’s Holiday Shops this year? It’s a great excuse to put off that Thanksgiving preparation, baking and cooking for a little while longer, and get some dancing and shopping in! Exciting news such as sneak peaks of fabulous auction items, merchant finds, and special event surprises are posted to the Holiday Shops Facebook page daily so ‘like’ the page to be ‘in the know’ on the 55th Holiday Shops! Tickets to special events are available on the JLW webpage and all events are open to the public.

By Amy Strope, Holiday Shops Communications Sub-Committee Volunteer

Beautiful shots from our photographer Natarsha N. Wright Photography at the 2012 Holiday Shops event.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

5 Steps to Adopt-A-Family Through CFLS and Lift Your Community’s Holiday Spirit

There are thousands of families in the Greater D.C. community that will go without necessities, much less the exchange of gifts, this winter. 

I know this is news to none of you. 

Here are five steps to help lift your community’s holiday spirit and Adopt-A-Family through Community Family Life Services (CFLS).

1. Learn About Community Family Life Services

Community Family Life Services (CFLS) is an 18-month transitional housing facility for men, women, and children who are formerly homeless, recovering from substance abuse issues, and most have regained custody of their children from the foster care system. 

Junior League of Washington (JLW) volunteers plan and facilitate life skills training for the CFLS parents, helping them as they transition to a new chapter of their lives.  An activity is planned for the children, and a dinner is provided for the group.

2. Adopt-A-Family

Each year, the women of JLW’s CFLS Committee adopt approximately 70 families to support through the holiday season.  These are families that the Committee members get to know and see on a consistent basis each month.

To adopt a family, please contact CFLS Committee Co-Chairs Lisa Buckley ( or Alexis DeBernardis ( who will send you information for a family that they know would appreciate your gifts.

3. Review Your Family’s Wish List

Once you’ve adopted a family, review the Family’s Wish List that is sent to you.  While some lists may contain recreational items, please be sure the highlight the essentials, such as books, food, coats and other clothing, as well as healthcare items.  These are the priorities on your list.

4. Go Shopping!

It is a $125 commitment to adopt a family and well worth the money.  Use the Family’s Wish List to help you procure the items.  And be sure that you do your shopping before the holiday rush!

5. Give The Gifts

JLW’s CFLS Committee volunteers plan and host a holiday party each December where the Adopt-A-Family gifts are given to CFLS families.  See some photos on our Facebook gallery from last year’s event.  All donations must be received at JLW Headquarters by Friday, December 6th, 2013 and clearly marked. 

- Sara Swabb, JLW Public Relations Committee