The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has almost 1500 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers. Continuing our decades-long focus on women and children, the Junior League of Nashville will develop new initiatives in human trafficking and literacy, and continue our Kids in the Kitchen project, through our centennial in 2022.
The Junior League of Nashville is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). Of the 295 leagues around the world with a total 125,000 members, the JLN is among the largest in the association. JLN has founded many important Nashville resources, such as the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Renewal House, Our Kids, and the JLN Children’s Services at the downtown Nashville Public Library.
Our first community project was the Junior League Home for Crippled Children, founded in 1923 as a rehabilitation hospital for children with polio. In 1970, the Junior League merged that facility with the then-new Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the hospital remains a major focus of JLN philanthropy and volunteer support.
Our work is supported by community support and donations, Annual Fund gifts, membership dues, and by our major fundraisers.
JLN has been recognized for its volunteer management by one of our partner agencies, Hands On Nashville, in conjunction with the mayor’s office of Metro Nashville.
The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior League of Nashville is a premier women’s volunteer organization that offers our members the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with others who are unified by a desire to give back to our community. Through the talents of a diverse membership we will support and enrich the lives of women, children and families in our community. Together we have greater impact than we do individually.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The Junior League welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.
• Community: We value engagement with our community to anticipate and address its needs through education, service, and strategic partnerships.
• Connection: We value opportunities for engagement with a diverse group of women to develop lifelong personal and professional relationships.
• Growth: We value a dynamic organization that develops and empowers our members to be community volunteers and leaders.
In 2022, JLN will be known in our community as:
• A leader in driving community change
• An influential voice in a dynamic and growing city
• Courageous women who make things happen
In 2022, JLN will be known in our membership for:
• Transparent and efficient structures that support member development
• A place where members belong and matter
• Shared commitment to a mutually beneficial membership experience