Message from the President

For 86 years, the Junior League of Topeka (JLT) has been serving the needs of our community through the outstanding leadership and effective action of our trained volunteers. Since our founding in 1932, the JLT has established over 35 community service projects, awarded over $1.8 million dollars to area nonprofit organizations and contributed thousands of volunteer hours to our community. Each year, we provide critical support to community projects, programs, and partners – sharing our financial resources, expertise, and boots on the ground – to positively impact the lives of women, children, and families throughout Topeka.

Our legacy of community service in Topeka and preparing generations of women for a lifetime of civic leadership has left an incredible positive impact on our community. The skills and qualities that are created and refined through Junior League have resulted in tremendous impact on our community. The women of Junior League go on to serve in prominent leadership roles, serve as invaluable board members and most importantly teach the next generation of women what it means to serve, lead and excel.

In our history the Junior League of Topeka has taken on many of the communities most challenging issues. We are an UNSTOPPABLE force as we fearlessly address these issues and grow organizations that live on to maintain the impact. Most recently we transitioned the Diaper Depot to be a program of Community Action. Now we are launching into an issue based approach of addressing “Child welfare as impacted by violence and community instability.” Through this lens we will be exploring ways to increase parent awareness, create community stability and address how human trafficking is impacting our community. We are also empowered to remain active and create impact with our past projects and services.

As we approach our 100th anniversary our goal is to grant $100,000 to our community. We hope you will help us reach that goal by making a donation to the 100 year fund and making a monetary contribution of any size. Your donations help to continue our community work and provide training for our volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member, feel free to contact me about our new member program and how you can be part of this legacy.

It is exciting to be part of the large footprint that JLT and its members (old and new) have made in our community. I am blessed to be a part of it and honored to serve as President as we launch into exciting new areas.

Erin Aldridge
Junior League of Topeka President

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