Monday, July 14, 2014

Connect with the JLW!

Social media allows the JLW to spread its message of promoting literacy and keep its more than 2,000 active members connected. As an important part of the JLW's communication strategy, the JLW uses social media to highlight its impact in the community, showcase special events, and support its community partners. The JLW strives to harness technology across various media platforms to meet our members where they are today. For this League year we'd like to increase our social media presence by encouraging all JLW members to follow the JLW on Facebook and Twitter, tweet, retweet, "like" posts, join our groups, re-pin, and share our blog.

Here's the official JLW Facebook page.

The JLW LinkedIn group for professional networking.

And of course, the JLW Twitter feed.

Check out our Blog as well.

We also have a Pinterest page that we hope to expand this year.

Please join/follow us on social media. Have a great idea for a blog post? Feel free to offer suggestions and contributions by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Congratulations to JLW Community Partner CFLS!

Congratulations to JLW community partner Community Family Life Services on being named the 2014 non-profit of the year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. 

Community Family Life Services has provided housing, case management, employment counseling, mentoring, youth development, and emergency services to low-income and homeless families since 1969. Since its inception, the organization continues to expand its impact and now services over 1,300 people each year. This year, CFLS was featured in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy-Greater Washington as one of the best community-based non-profits in the Washington region. This distinguished honor is awarded to charities that display the highest degree of excellence in terms of financial sustainability and overall impact in the community.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sharing Our Story... Strengthening Our Community by Jennifer Hemingway

Women have so many more ways to serve as leaders in their community than in 1912 when JLW opened its doors. I am thankful to the 15 women who answered nominatings call to serve on the JLW board of directors for the coming year.

Cameron Gilreath, President-Elect; Catherine Smith Blakely, Secretary; Brooke Horiuchi,  Treasurer; Kelly Wilson-Pisciotta, Vice Treasurer; Deidra Lemons Johnson, Communications and Public Relations Council Director; C. C. Christakos, Community Affairs Council Director; Kim Tuomey, Adult Community Placements Council Director; Biffy Cathcart, Childrens Community Placements Council Director; Genevieve Moreland, Cultural Community Placements Council Director; Amanda Walke, New Membership Development Council Director; Elizabeth Keys, Membership Development Council Director; Crystal Jezierski, Nominating Chair and Board Member;  Kristen Anderson, Strategic Planning Chair and Board Member; Jan Abraham, Sustainer Chair and Board Member; and Anne Riser, Ways and Means Council Director.

We are fortunate to be joined at the Board table by Maria Estefania, Parliamentarian; Maria Marks, Deputy Parliamentarian; and Katherine Gensler, Recording Secretary.

We are ready to continue the great leadership JLW has enjoyed for more than a century.

During this next year, we will focus on “Sharing Our Story…Strengthening Our Community.” Sharing the story of why we continue our membership will help us connect with each other and find that internal sense of community. As we begin our 102nd year, it is important that we share the story of our work to strengthen our community. Sharing our story will help ensure the financial support necessary for us to expand our reach. 

Early childhood literacy is a component of our focus on literacy that is especially important to me. Some of my first volunteer experiences in the community were at the Umatilla Public Library. I planted bushes with my dad around a restored train caboose that would serve as the childrens reading room and as a middle school student I re-purposed my Halloween costume (a witch that featured green hair) to read “Green Eggs and Ham” to elementary students. Through the Junior League of Washington, Ive developed my potential as a community leader through the refurbishment of two middle school libraries, organization of reading materials for DC Public Librarys Adaptive Services Division, and funding of young poets through a targeted grant to the DC Creative Writing Workshop. Im blessed by the many Junior League friends Ive met along the way.

As a relatively new mom, I have experienced firsthand the benefit of daily reading to my son and taken comfort in the magic of a library story hour. Our public libraries expose children to books at a young age while at the same time giving parents some well needed support and encouragement. My training in the Junior League provided me with the experience needed to serve as Treasurer of District of Columbia Library Foundation Board of Directors, sharing the gift of literacy with District children. It is my hope the League will expand on its governance training this year and develop the next generation of League leaders for service on the JLW board as well as key non-profits in our community.

Your board of directors is excited and prepared for its placement. We are mindful of the rich history of the Junior League that will guide us as we continue to develop our potential as women leaders, promote voluntarism, and improve our community. Thank you for your membership and your commitment to our mission as we begin our 102nd year.

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!