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.
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.
1922: The JLN is founded
1923: Founded the Junior League Home for Crippled Children (eventually became Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, now Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt)
Since 1970, the JLN Home Board committee has given $17 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
JLN has founded more than 20 community projects, including:
1931: Nashville Children’s Theatre
1956: Dede Wallace Center (now Centerstone)
1987: OUR Kids
1996: Renewal House
2000: The Junior League of Nashville Children’s Services at the downtown Nashville Public Library
2006: The Junior League Center for Advanced Maternal-Fetal Care
2009: Following an AJLI initiative, the Junior League of Nashville launched its childhood obesity and nutrition education program, Kids in the Kitchen.
2012: $1.5 million was pledged to establish the Junior League Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma Program, located at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.
2016: $1.5 million pledged to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to endow funds for the Child Life program.
2016: The All Booked Up program is created to support the JLN issue-based community focus on literacy.
What We Do
- Develop the potential of women by training them to be volunteers and leaders within our community.
- Identify and support needs related to women and children within our community through the effective action of trained volunteers.
- Advocate, initiate and/or support programs that allow women and children in our community to meet their full potential.
- Build capacity within existing partnerships that allow us to reach our defined community outcomes.
2016-2022 Community Impact Areas
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.
Our Impact on the Community
Total Membership … 1,592
Provisional Member … 129
Active Members … 666
Sustaining Members … 797
Community Gifts (2020-2021) … $338,198
Volunteer Service Hours … averages 50,000 annually