As we approach the giving season, I am inspired to share my experiences with an organization that is near and dear to my heart, the Junior League of Milwaukee (JLM).
I joined the JLM before I had kids. Back then, I was looking to get involved in my community in a way that work and my small social circle didn’t allow me to. As soon as I learned about the Junior League, I wanted to join. It was the right mix of social interactions, personal development, and volunteer opportunities. Its vision is simple:
“The Junior League of Milwaukee will improve the community and respond to its needs through voluntarism and collaborative partnerships.”
Serving the Community
I admit, I haven’t taken advantage of every single opportunity that has come my way with the league. (I blame having kids.) Even so, I have already gotten to work with and learn about many outstanding organizations in Milwaukee. Truly, JLM reaches further into the community than I ever imagined before I joined. From the BloodCenter of Wisconsin (which JLM founded!) to Meta House, MCFI, Girls on the Run, Hunger Task Force, Habitat for Humanity, Milwaukee Public Schools, the Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Aurora Sinai, the United Way, Kids Matter, and the Milwaukee Police Department (among others!), I can see the work of the league throughout our great city.
Serving our members
In addition to giving back to the community, the league also provides many opportunities for growth to the women in its ranks. I let my career go to stay home with my kids, and it is the league that keeps my skills sharp. Through my position on the communications committee, I have gained valuable experience working in social media and with the newsletter. That experience helped me gain the confidence I needed to become a blogger. The league allows me to network with like-minded, driven, intelligent women on a regular basis. In fact, Chelsea, the MKEMB contributor who encouraged me to start blogging is a close friend whom I met through the league.
I can say without a doubt, that should I choose to return to the workforce after my “mommy break,” the league will have kept me on top of my game. I am one of several members who have updated their résumés with skills they have gained through the league. From stay-at-home-moms (like me!) to executives, the league empowers women.
Ways to Support the League
So, after reading all this, I’m sure you’re looking for a way to support this amazing organization. Here are a few:
Come shop for all your holiday needs on Friday, November 18 at our Holiday Boutique! This one-day shopping extravaganza has vendors of all sorts and is a perennial favorite for many. You won’t want to miss it!
Hearts and Hops
If you’ve loved the Milwaukee Mom Flight Events, you’ll love the Junior League of Milwaukee’s Hearts and Hops event on Friday, February 24. I plan on taking my husband for a long-awaited date night. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Ready to start your holiday shopping online? The Junior League of Milwaukee is an Amazon Smile organization! Simply #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/39-0893609 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Junior League of Milwaukee.
Finally, if you’re a woman who is looking for a place that will allow you to make an impact on our community, I strongly encourage you to consider joining the Junior League of Milwaukee. Fill out this form or join us for one of our upcoming information sessions.