League History

The American Junior League was founded in 1901 by New York City debutantes aspiring to work in settlement houses. It soon had chapters in other cities including Denver as of 1918. The Junior League of Denver (JLD) has evolved from an exclusive group of Denver's most elite women to an open membership organization that has responded positively to the civil rights and women's movements. By --Tom Noel.

Summary of the JLD's Projects and Volunteer History in Our Community

1918 - 1920 - 1930 - 1940 - 1950 - 1960) - 1970 - 1980 - 1990

1918-30 FITZSIMMONS ARMY HOSPITAL - Established and maintained a sunroom. The project included entertaining patients, decorating rooms and preparing gift packages to relieve the monotony of hospital life. $5,000

1918-23 CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - Refurnished a 4-bed ward and established trust fund. $18,000

1919-43 VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION - Assisted at 7 well-baby clinics by weighing and taking case histories for 8,000 to 10,000 babies a year.

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Highlights 1918-2004

Refurbished Children's Hospital Ward & Established Trust Fund - 1918-1923

Preschool Hearing Survey - 1955

Newborn Testing - 1964-70

Mile High Transpant Bank -1982-1986

Warren Village Without Walls - 1995

Damen House - 1995 

 

1921-66 NEEDLEWORK GUILD - Each year the League made and collected items which were distributed by the Guild to charitable institutions.

1923-31 THE JUNIOR LEAGUE HOUSE - Our first big welfare project was established to care for small children from tubercular homes. Children were given schooling and taught sewing, cooking and health habits. Parents were taught hygiene and nutrition so the children would receive proper care on their return home. Follow-up was continued for several years. Called the Preventorium, the annual cost of operation was about $9,000 and over 500 children received treatment. In 1931 the Preventorium was donated to St. Anne's Convalescent Home, 2701 S. York, where the physical plant is now located. $10,000

1928-85 CHILDREN'S THEATER - Junior League members brought live theater to children in the Denver community by performing at Denver Public Elementary Schools and providing hands-on experience relating to theater. Longest running JLD project.

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1930-40 SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM - Helping undernourished children as an outgrowth of Junior League House project. In 1930, with the Rockefeller Foundation, a survey was made of the health of all Denver school children. Subsequent project involved funding for feeding of needy children in DPS. $31,924

1931-46 RELIEF FUND The only Denver League welfare project not financed by the Junior League. The A.V. Hunter Estate and others gave money to the Fund which provided emergency relief to the unemployed. League members did all the casework. As times improved the work of the caseworkers turned from employment to health. $50,000

1931-68 SANTA CLAUS SHOP - Established by League members as a place where needy families go to do their Christmas shopping. The League was in charge of the toy booth and had several members on the Board of Directors.

1932-43 RUDE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER - A nursery, dental clinic and classes for mothers were run by League volunteers until the WPA (Works Progress Administration) took over. Rude Park has grown to a busy, needed center. Another project begun by the League.

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1940-56 COLORADO MILITARY HOSPITALITY CENTER - Staffed and supported by League members. It became a USO member in 1943.   

1942-46 COLORADO GENERAL HOSPITAL PREVENTIVE MEDICAL CLINIC - Started by the JLD and one of the first in the nation to provide medical exams for the community to enable civilians to remain healthy. The League terminated it at the end of the war. $11,500

1945-52 CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - Established in joint sponsorship of JLD and Denver Art Museum to make art a living experience for the average child and through the child to reach the parents. The entire community cooperated and our museum became a pilot project for UNESCO and many other museums. $16,500

1945-55 RADIO - Many projects in this field, including Arts Speak Your Language, Story Time, and These Kids of Ours. JLD also did a music series in connection with the Denver Symphony. Children's Symphony, featuring Peter and the Wolf, was so successful that the Denver Public Schools (DPS) continued the concerts.

1946-49 HOLLAND HOUSE - A foster home for homeless girls. The League had a recreation and education program for the girls and redecorated facilities. $2,000

1947 RED ROCKS - The League sponsored, with the May Company, the first series of concerts at Red Rocks. $7,792

1948-63 COLORADO GENERAL HOSPITAL - Provided volunteers and equipment, particularly for the OT and PT wards. $6,640

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1950-53 CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SNACK BAR AND GIFT SHOP - Established and turned over to the hospital auxiliary. $5,160 
 
1953-73 INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (I.I.E.) - League volunteers were trained to work in the office and act as tour guides. They also provided home hospitality to foreign visitors. In 1963, furnished 3 rooms. $2,170

1954-57 DENVER UNIVERSITY SPEECH CLINIC - A 3-year project now continued by University of Denver to provide occupational therapy to children for hearing, speech and psychiatry. Project served as prototype throughout nation and other countries. $12,672

1955 PRE-SCHOOL HEARING SURVEY - This project led to the Pre-school Hearing Project in 1957.

1955-58 TRAVELERS AID - Stapleton was the 5th airport in the U. S. to have a Travelers Aid unit to assist people with problems while traveling. The League financed and staffed the project with the aid of a caseworker until the community took over. $9,000

1955 COMMUNITY CHEST TV SHOWS - We get a start in television!

1957-60 ARTHRITIS CRAFT SHOP - The first of its kind in the U.S. The shop was co-sponsored by the League and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation. It serves as both physical and occupational therapy for arthritics and provides an opportunity for socialization. $3,000

1957-68 PRE-SCHOOL HEARING - The League supplied trained volunteers to work with the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Health Department and the Denver Hearing Society in testing all Denver pre-school children, using the Familiar Sounds test. $1,890

1958-66 LIVING ARTS CENTER - A continuation of the Children's Museum, which the League supported, both financially and with volunteers. $11,551

1959-61 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FORUMS - The League sponsored two of these forums. $1,400

1959-72 METROPOLITAN OPERA AUDITIONS - League committee was responsible for organizing and staging local and regional auditions for promising operatic singers in the area. $2,380

1959-90 KMGH SEMINAR - The League was responsible for arrangements for this seminar for non-profit organizations on the effective use of the media.

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1960-76 PUPPETRY - In cooperation with the Denver Public Library a puppet show was trouped in conjunction with National Library Week; later the program was taken to Head Start Centers and schools. The final two years at Children's Hospital were with an original script for pre-admittance orientation on hospital procedures for young patients; program is now being continued by the Children's Hospital staff.

1960-68 CRAIG REHABILITATION CENTER - Volunteers were supplied to Craig's Auxiliary to work with physical rehabilitation patients. In 1964 the League donated to the building program for a new therapy wing. $10,000

1960-68 * LIBRARY AIDES - Denver had the first library system in the country to use volunteers - a program inaugurated by the JLD. League volunteers performed all jobs in the library to free paid librarians for other work.

1961-64 UNITED FUND TRAINING COURSE - A committee of volunteers helped train solicitors for the United Fund Drive, using films and live presentations. The League furnished the board room of the Community Services Building in 1963. $9,850

1962-70 CITY PARK ZOO - League members performed clerical work, helped with the newsletter and served as tour guides for thousands of Denver school children. In 1963 the League funded the building of a children's pavilion and party house. $30,823

1962 CHILDREN'S REFERENCE LIBRARY - Established at Cherry Creek Branch of Denver Public Library. Many of the books are still in circulation. $7,000 1964DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTENNIAL - Brought Barbara Ward to speak.

1964-70 NEWBORN TESTING - A series of response tests on newborn babies in the nurseries of Denver area hospitals was conducted. This service has now been taken over by various hospital groups.

1964-67 COMMUNITY HOMEMAKERS - JLD provided funds to help pay a permanent director, did secretarial work, interviewed potential homemakers, taught homemaking skills, and did some casework. $28,367

1965-70 KRMA-TV - Our volunteers produced dramatizations for children's literature programs. Made possible the purchase of an Arriflex 16mm camera. $5,000

1965-73 EDUCATIONAL AIDES - Denver Art Museum - Between 1965 and 1967, the League gave $6,000 to pay one-half the salary of a Curator of Education at the Denver Art Museum. The Curator supervises the Educational Aide Program in which League volunteers have been involved. The project was renewed in 1967 without financial support. After intensive instruction in art history, volunteers served as tour guides and members of the Speakers Bureau in radio, TV and other areas of education.

1966-68 SURVEY OF HISTORICAL BUILDINGS - Volunteers were trained to prepare a historical and an architectural survey of Denver landmarks, working with the Denver Planning Office, Colorado Historical Society and American Institute of Architects.

1966-70 MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - League volunteers assisted in establishing an Accessories Department at the Museum and contributed to exhibit preparation.

1968-71 SPECIAL EDUCATION LIBRARY - Cerebral Palsy Center - The League approved funds for the purchase of high interest, low-vocabulary books and volunteers staffed the library and provided storytelling in the classrooms. The project was turned over to the CPC Auxiliary. $5,000

1969-70 DENVER CHILDREN'S HOME - Library study rooms were financed and staffed by League members from the Professional (evening) membership. $2,000

1969-75 DENVER GIRLS, INC. - Established by the League, Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Zonta Club of Denver to provide individual counseling for adolescent girls referred by teachers to DGI counselors. Rotary International became an additional sponsor in 1973. The project continues under the sponsorship of Zonta, Rotary and Ladies of Rotary. $21,400

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1970-71 DENVER GENERAL HOSPITAL - Volunteers established a gift shop and conducted tours of the new facility.

1970-72 MUSIC MAGIC - Project initiated in conjunction with Walter Charles of the Colorado Philharmonic to bring music appreciation to Head Start children. $7,265

1971-73 HISTORIC DENVER, INC. - Funds were approved to be used as part of the down payment for the purchase of the Molly Brown House. League volunteers conducted tours, did research, worked on collections. $5,000

1972-75 MAGIC BUS - A mobile book, record and toy service for poverty day care centers. A joint project with AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the National Council of Jewish Women. The bus continues under the auspices of the Denver Public Library. $6,000

1972-77 OPERATION COMMUNITY TALENT - A centralized referral service, housed at Teller School Trailer, later Steele School, providing volunteers from the community to enrich the school curriculum of elementary schools in DPS. Now continued by DPS, with a paid coordinator. $17,050

1972-75 MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - League volunteers helped set up the National Association of the Denver Museum of Natural History and establish tours and educational programs. Turned over to the Museum Education Department as a very viable volunteer group. $10,500

1972-74 FORUM: CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Core city arts learning center for children to engage in artistic activities after school. $6,000

1972-75 COLORADO TRAILS, INC. - The League gave the first trailway to the State of Colorado. Included mapping, identifying flora and fauna of 1.6-mile section of Hogback Trail west of Denver. System was dedicated in May, 1975. $11,900

1972-76 LITTLETON VIPS (VOLUNTEERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS) - This project was established with the Littleton School District to organize, recruit, train, and place volunteers in the public schools. The school district financed this project.

1973-74 CAREER EDUCATION - Needs Assessment and Career Fair Planning to launch DPS Career Education Center.

1973-76 CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR - Held in Currigan Convention Center in the spring of 1974, 1975, and 1976, the week-long Fairs were attended by 60,000 junior and senior high school students, as well as thousands of other interested persons. It brought industry and education together in demonstrating the relationship of the working world to the school experience. Two million dollars were generated by an original fund of $23,500.

1973-75 VOLUNTEER BUREAU OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES - For the Mile High United Way, the League conducted a recruitment fair for the purpose of placing community volunteers with organizations or agencies. League members also assisted in screening and placing volunteers. $2,230

1974-79 J.O.I.N. (Juvenile Offenders In Need) - A project initiated by the JLD to provide funds, services and volunteers for use by the Probation Department of the Denver Juvenile Court. $15,000 (A portion of the amount was received from an ACTION grant.)

1975-77 A MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN - Volunteers established a resource and recycling center, staffed and maintained Grandmother's Attic and gift shop; $17,600 toward salary of Museum's director for 2-year period. From those founding efforts, the Children's Museum has grown and thrived.

1975-77 LEARNING DISABILITIES - The project was organized to publish a learning disabilities directory for the State of Colorado. Volunteers also worked with CACLD (Colorado Association for Children with Learning Disabilities) to publicize and coordinate its state convention. In addition, the League educated the community in the field of learning disabilities by offering a seminar in the fall of 1975 and 1976. $5,200 · JLD established  

1975-77 H.E.A.R.T. - A project with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Colorado General Hospital. Volunteers collected data and conducted research in the following areas: Heredity screening, Early heart attack, Atherosclerosis in childhood, Research genetics and Teratology. $12,000

1975-77 COLORADO CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS (SPREE) - A three-day arts fair held in City Park and the Museum of Natural History. League volunteers staffed all parts of the project.

1976-89 CHILD ADVOCACY - This committee worked closely with community groups to address the critical issues which affect children in our society. In November, 1988, Child Advocacy helped implement Symposium '88, a national conference for health professionals, which the JLD co-sponsored with AMI-St. Luke's Hospitals. Funds allocated for the symposium were $7,000. Child Advocacy continues as a component of Public Affairs.

1976-77 ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY - A survey of Denver buildings of architectural and/or historical importance done in conjunction with the Denver Planning Office and Historic Denver, Inc. Volunteers were involved in surveying and researching these buildings; $1,050 provided for the survey and publication of individual neighborhood surveys for libraries and neighborhood groups.

1976-79 ST. LUKE'S SENIOR CITIZENS' HEALTH CENTER - Establishment of a volunteer corps trained in supportive services to aid the professional staff of St. Luke's Hospital in a geriatric clinic to meet the medical and social needs of patients 65 years of age and older.

1977-78 CAREER EDUCATION MEDIA - Established a comprehensive media presentation for the purpose of educating the general public about career education and its implementation into the state school system; $4,000 for research and development.

1977-78 AURARIA COMMUNICATION DISORDERS CLINIC - Volunteers worked at a centrally-located clinic serving the learning disabled. The clinic also served as a training center for learning disabilities teachers.

1977- COLORADO FOUNDATION DIRECTORY - The JLD researches and publishes a comprehensive directory of charitable foundations in the State of Colorado; the first such reference source of most facets of Colorado philanthropy. The directory has been published in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General with first-year seed money from The Denver Foundation. The 9th edition was published in the summer of 1994. The 10th edition was published in 1998 in partnership with Community Resource Center.

1977-81 HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECT - Researched the history and ownership of the proposed extension of the Curtis Park National Historic District; prepared a slide presentation; in 1980, published a self-guided walking tour booklet, Heyday on Quality Hill; and conducted tours with Historic Denver, Inc. 1978-81BIG BROTHERS - Provided support to the Big Brothers program, using League volunteers for fundraising, office work and as para-professional caseworkers. $7,500

1978-82 CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) - A project to facilitate the goal of the Colorado Heart Association to educate 10% of the metropolitan population in CPR techniques. Since 1979 Porter Memorial Hospital cooperated with this project, providing space and mannequins for the training classes. Assisted with establishment of Colorado CPR Association. Porter Hospital took over project at termination. $6,500

1978-84 PALMER DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM (PDAP) - Project to facilitate the establishment of a program for the youth of Denver, demonstrating the advantages of a drug-free peer group. The League provided a total of $83,500 to support this program. The League also developed and implemented a Drug Awareness Conference in 1980-81 for the metro Denver community.

1978-81 POISON PREVENTION - A program to reduce the number of childhood poisonings and increase public awareness of the Rocky Mountain Poison Center through the use of puppet shows for children in pre-school and day-care centers. $1,600

1978-80 VOLUNTEER S.E.T. - Development of a program to train volunteers to work in public and private special education classrooms. $2,300

1978-88 FOUR MILE HOUSE - A project to restore the oldest house in Denver and to reconstruct the 12-acre park site to the period 1859-1885. League volunteers worked on research, restoration, preparing and conducting an education program for school children, and staffing a living history summer day camp.

1979-86 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER - The Technical Assistance Center (TAC), established by the JLD, Colorado Foundation and the corporate funding community, provides management training and technical expertise to non-profit agencies. The Junior League assisted TAC in expanding its services to the non-profit sector, marketing its existing services, and as consultants and course presenters. $25,000

1979-86 BETTER AIR (formerly Ride Share Advocacy Coalition and Project Clean Air) - League volunteers worked with civic groups and organizations to help businesses develop and implement specific programs promoting the city-wide Better Air campaign.

1979-80 KELLOGG HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT - A project to establish a course on voluntarism as part of the regular curriculum of Denver area public and private schools. $2,425

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1980-83 ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - A project designed to integrate the arts into the general education of students through the school curriculum, to be accomplished by bringing cultural arts to the schools and related curriculum materials to the teachers. $10,000   

1980-81 ELDERLY HOUSING PROJECT - A joint project with Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., to develop a feasibility study of low cost rental housing for the elderly in the inner city. JLD established a network in 1982 to gather information relating to issues affecting the elderly in the Denver area. $15,000

1980-85 PARENT SUPPORT PROJECT - Working with Inter-Faith Task Force, Junior League members helped provide high risk parents with a support system through group activities and education.

1981-86 DIABETES COALITION - The Diabetes Coalition comprised of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, Children's Diabetes Foundation, Department of Health/Diabetes Control Project, and the Junior League of Denver, provided ongoing education about diabetes to school nurses and the broader community.

1981-83 DISPLACED HOMEMAKERS PROJECT - Worked with Passages, Inc. and the National Council of Women, to assist the displaced homemaker in achieving economic security and to provide scholarships to the displaced homemaker. $24,000

1982-85 GUARDIAN AD LITEM/DENVER - A project which teamed a Guardian Ad Litem (court appointed attorney) with a League volunteer in order to improve the representation of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. League volunteers provided non-legal services. $70,000

1982-86 MILE HIGH TRANSPLANT BANK - Founded by JLD members in collaboration with two doctors, the project reached its goal of establishing a full service transplant bank serving the Rocky Mountain region. League volunteers assisted in marketing, public relations and education, and worked toward the implementation of a Mother's Milk Bank in conjunction with the Mile High Transplant Bank. $130,100

1983/1985 VOLUNTEER FAIRS - A joint project of the Denver Business Challenge, Junior League of Denver, and the Volunteer Center of the Mile High United Way. The Volunteer Fairs were held September 13, 1983, and September 11, 1985, on the 16th Street Mall for the purpose of promoting voluntarism to the downtown population and to provide an opportunity for individuals to volunteer. Approximately 100 agencies participated in each Fair.

1983-85 EVENING PERFORMING TROUPE - Junior League volunteers provided live ensemble theater to senior citizens in centers in the Denver area.

1983-86 RONALD McDONALD HOUSE - League volunteers assisted in all areas of the House operation and were instrumental in founding Friends of Ronald McDonald House, the volunteer/funding organization for this low cost home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing treatment for life threatening diseases at Denver area hospitals. $10,000

1983-85 PEDIATRIC RECREATION PROJECT - This project provided an attractive playground for recreation for pediatric patients at University Hospital of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Volunteers also planned an adolescent recreation room and helped speed the children's recovery by providing recreational activities. $18,900

1983-88 DENVER COALITION ON EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES - A coalition of parent and civic groups. The major goal of this group was to ensure that Denver Public School funds were used in the most effective manner for the benefit of all its students.

1983-86 HISTORIC PARAMOUNT THEATRE - Junior League members aided in the revitalization and renovation of the theater during 1983-84. The League organized and sponsored a series of special events, marketed the theater as a multi-use facility, and provided historical and architectural information through its oral histories. The archives project including oral histories was concluded in 1986.

1984-87 SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS) - Volunteers provided community education by maintaining a speakers bureau, as well as by contributing public relations and marketing skills. JLD volunteers produced newsletters, brochures, and brochure inserts, as well as a slide show for the Colorado SIDS Program. $27,300

1984-88 GUARDIAN AD LITEM-BOULDER - This project provided assistance to abused and neglected children requiring court protection in Boulder County. In cooperation with court-appointed legal counsel, JLD volunteers acted as independent representatives of the child's best interests during litigation. Committee members assisted the Project Director and the Board of Directors in administrative and management areas; i.e., fundraising and marketing.

1984-85 YWCA SCHOOL AGE PROJECT - The purpose of this project was to establish a model before- and after-school child care program in the Aurora area to serve as a prototype for other neighborhoods and cities. League members developed and marketed this concept, and a day-care program was established in an Aurora elementary school.

1984-87 LEGAL AID SOCIETY SENIOR CITIZENS ADVOCACY PROJECT - This project involved assisting senior citizens with legal problems which can be handled through simple negotiation. Each committee member had a case load of seniors and worked with an attorney to resolve problems.

1985-90 MINORU YASUI COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AWARD COMMITTEE - The Committee honors outstanding volunteers in the community who have received little past recognition. JLD members assisted in the screening of nominations and administration of the program for the Committee. The project is now administered by The Denver Foundation. $36,000

1985-86 THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - JLD volunteers worked in partnership with the staff of The Children's Museum to design and test a comprehensive volunteer program. $12,850

1985-88 GIRLS CLUB (Girls Inc.) - This project was designed to enhance the program and membership of the Girls Club of Denver. JLD members provided expertise in the areas of special events, volunteer coordination, public relations, and instruction. In addition JLD volunteers worked to develop a core group of community program and administrative volunteers. $26,250

1985-88 GUARDIAN AD LITEM-ARAPAHOE COUNTY - This project was responsible for establishing a Guardian Ad Litem Project in Arapahoe County to assist abused and neglected children requiring court protection. $73,665

1985-87 OLYMPICS OF THE MIND (OM, Inc.) - Based on the premise that the mind, like the body, can be trained through practice and exercise to reach its fullest potential, this project taught students how to think creatively. League volunteers served as public relations and marketing specialists and analyzed the ways to expand this program, and developed a marketing and fundraising plan for the project. $10,000

1985-90 COMMUNITY CARING PROJECT - JLD volunteers worked with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to establish, through area hospitals, a Home Visitor System for new parents. With the success of the pilot program at Rose Medical Center, the project expanded the program into four other area hospitals. $89,684

1985-88 ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADOPTION EXCHANGE - The Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange is a clearing house matching hard-to-place children, social services, and prospective parents. League volunteers helped the agency expand its existing services to include a child advocacy program, development of a training manual, seminars for prospective parents, and adoption parties. $61,667

1985-90 UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL - JLD volunteers worked in the post-partum units, providing a support system for parents and newborns; in the neonatal unit with infants; and with children in the pediatric and pediatric dialysis units of University Hospital. $88,590

1986-92 HALL OF LIFE - This project assisted the Hall of Life in expanding its preventive health education program by marketing the programs and exhibits to schools and other groups. Volunteers participated in the opening of health exhibits, science and book fairs, and a children's annual fitness fair, Ready--Set--Go. From 1989-91, JLD volunteers worked with Hall of Life staff to support teen pregnancy prevention programs in the Denver Public Schools (DPS). Our members researched and developed two booklets, How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex and How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs, to be distributed to parents during workshops. $86,916

1986-89 CHOICE-Housing Options For Seniors - This project helped to inform the general public of available housing choices for Denver's senior citizens. Volunteers developed a video, updated agency's existing brochure, marketed the educational program to the community, and staffed educational presentations. $45,550

1986-92 ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - JLD volunteers interviewed and provided information to the victims of domestic violence and abuse about the legal services of a Legal Aid Society attorney. A video on the cycle of domestic violence was also completed and led to a speakers' bureau. $121,900

1987-90 FAMILIES FIRST - Families First is an emergency center for abused and neglected preadolescent children. League volunteers were involved in marketing, children's entertainment, and coordinating the Families First Speakers Bureau. $57,550

1987-91 METRO DENVER GIVES - JLD and a coalition of other organizations launched this program, whose purpose was to increase giving and volunteering in the Denver metro area. The coalition terminated 12/31/91.

1987-92 WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF COLORADO - JLD assisted in establishing the foundation which focuses on issues affecting women and girls. JLD volunteers managed the statewide volunteer program, participated in the grantmaking process, provided office assistance, and helped with special events. $50,000

1988 EPILEPSY AWARENESS - Working in a concentrated effort, January to April, 1988, League volunteers developed a slide show and a brochure for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. $8,600

1988-90 CORPORATE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - This project provided a corps of trained JLD volunteers who functioned as consultants to corporations to develop and implement in-house volunteer programs. $5,000

1988-92 SAMARITAN HOUSE - The Samaritan House committee planned and implemented creative activities for homeless families residing at the Samaritan House. Grant to the agency totaled $26,700.

1988-90 BOULDER VALLEY STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - In partnership with Volunteer Boulder County and the Boulder County Schools, the JLD volunteers researched and published a directory of volunteer opportunities available to youth, arranged volunteer fairs and assisted school counselors in the placement and evaluation of student volunteers. They also marketed the use of a motivational video documentary, entitled Make a Splash. $5,445

1988 PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY - JLD volunteers provided community agencies with one-on-one assistance in the areas of marketing, volunteer development, organizational management, fundraising, facilitating, grantsmanship, board development and finance. This program became a part of the JLD Training Consultants Committee.

1988-91 ADULT LEARNING SOURCE - League members tutored illiterate adults and initiated activities for a children's enrichment program to stimulate and encourage reading and language development. Expanding the Family Literacy concept into additional centers as a goal. $71,500

1988-92 DENVER EMERGENCY HOUSING COALITION (DEHC) - The JLD volunteers worked on the JLD-sponsored housing to make them comfortable and homelike. They also worked with homeless families to help them reintegrate into the community. $64,250

1988-91 WARREN VILLAGE - This project responded to the feminization of poverty issue. Residents of Warren Village were educated and supported toward their goal of economic independence. Volunteers provided classes in parenting, career readiness, self esteem, and budgeting. $26,450

1988-92 WOMAN TO WOMAN PROGRAM - The purpose of this program is to reduce and prevent the incidence of female alcoholism. JLD volunteers worked with Mile High Child Care Association and the Denver Family Opportunity Program. The volunteers assisted in testing and screening children and coordinated substance abuse training modules. League members formed a collaboration with Denver professionals involved with alcohol education in the first year of the project to increase awareness of the problem. The second year of the project saw JLD volunteers, with the Denver Dept. of Social Services, preparing and equipping a day care room for children of women taking part in education offered them at DFO. $16,800

The following Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (z) were funded through a partnership among the Governor's Office, The Colorado Trust, The Piton Foundation, Colorado Action for Healthy People, the Ford Foundation and the JLD. Total amount allocated from all sources was $200,000.

1988-90 ADAMS COUNTY EFFORT TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY provided preventive health education, one-on-one counseling and identification and referral of teens in need of family planning services. A second component focused on a male advocate social worker or health educator who offered classes to male teens in high schools.

1988 *BIG SISTERS - LIFE CHOICES educates pre-adolescent girls on self esteem and decision-making issues. The target population consists of girls, 11-13, with the potential to serve more than 3700 girls per year in metro Denver.   

1988-90 FENIX/MI CASA-DENVER INNER CITY PARISH PROJECT used youth counselors for outreach and advocacy for high-risk teens. The primary intent of this program was for selected teens to inform their peers of the services available in the community with a goal of reducing the alarming number of Hispanic teen pregnancies in north and west Denver.

1988-95 FLORENCE CRITTENTON COMMUNITY PRIDE PROGRAM focuses on high risk families and provides education about health issues with an emphasis on preventing teen pregnancy. JLD volunteers created mentoring teams comprised of teen mothers and creative committee members and planned and implemented joint activities that were informative and fun. Volunteers also planned and executed health and career fairs targeting the unique needs of teen parents. $59,000

1988-90 TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN was a cooperative effort conducted by the Colorado Initiative on Teen Pregnancy and JLD. The campaign marketed the prevention of teen pregnancy to parents, teens, and the entire statewide community with emphasis on high risk target populations.

1989-93 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT was a joint project with the Denver Bar Association. The JLD developed and distributed a handbook entitled, You Can Collect Child Support. Volunteers also publicized and conducted monthly child support enforcement clinics under the supervision of an attorney. The free clinics were presented through the Gove Community School registration process. $56,500

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1990-93 BOULDER COLLAGE MUSEUM - JLD volunteers were involved in every aspect of founding and creating this museum which opened in February, 1991, to serve 25,000 children, 2-14 years old, in the Boulder County and Denver metro area. JLD volunteers developed and maintained an exhibit, as well as assisted with research, staffing and management. $55,500

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1990-96 CURTIS PARK COMMUNITY CENTER - The Center offers programs dealing with gangs, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, unemployment, homelessness and child abuse. The JLD committee acted as aides in the pre-school summer day camp, and also planned curriculum and weekly classroom special events for children brought to the Shelter Day Care from Denver area homeless shelters during the year. In addition, the committee distributes necessities and information to mothers and newborns. A JLD volunteer worked with a skills bank to match community volunteers with the needs of the Center. In 1994, volunteers also began assisting with a new parent involvement program to draw parents to the center. Volunteers worked with Curtis Park staff to further develop its volunteer base in 1996. $200,100.

1990-91 DENVER YOUTH RESTITUTION AND VOLUNTEER NETWORK (DYRVN) - The JLD worked with DYRVN to promote a community-wide collaboration to help youth fulfill their court-ordered restitution. Volunteers worked with the Denver Public Schools to coordinate a tutoring program using offenders to tutor second graders. Other JLD volunteers developed a slide show and volunteer recruitment materials. The third sub-committee developed a letter and mailing list to potential employers. $14,200

1990-93 SEWALL COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN - This project served as a model program for families to focus on parenting skills and positive family interaction with their infants and pre-schoolers with developmental delays and disabilities. This was hands-on work with children. $63,750

1991-95 ADULT LEARNING SOURCE (Family Literacy Program) - Focused on improving the economic and educational well being of Denver women and their children by raising reading levels necessary to function in everyday life and/or assisting them to attain a GED; in addition to academic skills, these women were provided with workshops in family life and communication, self esteem and job readiness. This innovative model program focused on the development of academic and relationship skills in the context of a family group. $67,750.

1991-96 DOCTOR'S CARE - Volunteers computerized the Doctors Care program which was designed by the Arapahoe Medical Society to provide health care for the medically indigent population in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert Counties. Volunteers screened and interviewed indigent clients to assess qualification for Doctors Care program and developed and implemented a marketing plan to increase the visibility of the clinic, increase the number of participating volunteer physicians and develop a strong community volunteer base. $96,950

1991-95 KEMPE CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION (RECAP/Community Caring Programs) - The primary goal of JLD volunteers was to reduce the trauma of extra-familial sexual abuse to children and their parents. Objectives were to provide assessment of the emotional state of the abused child; to provide short-term treatment of children, ages 3-11; to provide information, guidance and counseling to parents; to further validate allegations of abuse and coordinate with law enforcement personnel. Volunteers ran the video camera and set-up the room for therapy sessions. $120,520

1991- SAFEHOUSE FOR BATTERED WOMEN (now SafeHouse Denver) - Committee members develop and coordinate semi-structured activities for children of SafeHouse residents. They also developed an activity handbook for mothers so that ideas may be shared with parents and other local shelters. Grants to date total $160,520.

1991-93 YOUTH TRAIN - Volunteers worked with Denver and Aurora juvenile courts to coordinate services to youth and their families who have been affected by gangs. JLD goals were to assist parents in developing better parent/child relationships; provide counseling and other services needed by youths referred to the program by the juvenile court system and to deter gang involvement through education. $45,000

1992-95 PUBLIC EDUCATION COALITION - A project utilizing JLD Facilitators to assist the Denver Public Schools (DPS) system toward organized, productive meetings and collaborative decision-making between school administration, parents, faculty and principals, targeting five DPS elementary schools. No JLD funds were used.

1992-95 YMCA: EARTH SERVICE CORPS - Volunteers assisted high school students across the metro area as they created, designed and implemented environmental projects and seminars. Students put together a promotion plan and then arranged special events with the support of teachers, principals, YMCA staff and JLD volunteers. $68,200.

1992-93 GLOBAL ACTION PLAN: ECOTEAMS - This program sought to bring together businesses or individual households into environmental balance in the areas of recycling, water and energy conservation, transportation, conscientious shopping and empowering others. Volunteers established a speakers bureau and worked with the media to promote the program to businesses and organizations. This agency ceased operation in Colorado in the Fall of 1994, terminating the project. $30,000.

1992- CENTER FOR HEARING, SPEECH &"entity">amp; LANGUAGE: SPEAK (School Preparation for Environmentally Affected Kids) Project - Volunteers assist in site identification and program promotion as well as teach classes in pre-academic learning stimulation to parents and children. This project is an innovative language stimulation and school preparatory program targeted toward working poor children. It addresses those children who otherwise may be labeled as slow when they begin school and, as a result, never catch up with the rest of the class. Grants to date total $117,600.

1992-95 COLORADO ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (CAEE) - Volunteers helped promote Think Earth by designing a flyer, developing target lists of school educators and teachers, and by coordinating and designing two seminars during the first year of the project. Volunteers also promoted other curricula, including wildlife education and forestry. Volunteers conducted a survey of teachers and principals to determine environmental education resources currently being utilized in classrooms and determine future resources needed. Project ended October 1, 1995. $35,500.

1994-95 COMMUNITY HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES (CHO) - CHO counsels the occupants of two apartment buildings on how to become economically self-sufficient with the ultimate goal of home ownership to ensure family cohesiveness and neighborhood stabilization. JLD volunteers tutored and counseled in such areas as GED preparation, learning English, and budgeting, and were involved in planning and materials acquisition for CHO's day care center. $60,000.

1994 FAMILY RESOURCE SCHOOLS (FRS) - In partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS), the City of Denver, businesses, community organizations and foundations, JLD volunteers work to enhance the programming and activities of two inner-city elementary schools with the objective of increasing student achievement with community and parental involvement. Volunteers work with school staff, parents, Collaborative Decision Making Teams and students. Activities for the parents and students in the early childhood education and kindergarten classes are a primary focus of the volunteers; library acquisitions and teacher and community appreciation events are also planned and implemented. Grants to date total $192,000.

1994-96 GIRLS COUNT, PARENTING OUR DAUGHTERS - This began as a portion of a collaborative effort of The Women's Foundation, U.S.West Women, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and others seeking to impact the educational achievement and economic futures of girls and address gender-equity issues. Through parent training sessions, JLD volunteers in the Boulder area targeted parent groups, tested, fine-tuned and evaluated a curriculum teaching parents to encourage their daughters to study math and science and pursue all career paths. $46,080

1994 KEMPE COMMUNITY CARING, - This project is a mentoring program that assigns a JLD volunteer to a first time mother within 48 hours of the birth of her child. The volunteer assesses the family's parenting preparedness and mentors the new mother in the first year of child rearing. Volunteers also coordinate social and educational programs for the new mothers. In 1995, JLD volunteers began assisting in a new study in which mothers view and discuss films of themselves interacting with their infants. Grants to date total $49,995.

1995- DAMEN HOUSE - JLD volunteers working through this residential facility for families who have been traumatized by homelessness and/or unhealthy relationships, help moms strengthen relationships within their families, provide a safe environment for children to build a similar family and community relationship and provide school readiness and education enrichment programs and activities for the children. Grants to date total $48,000.

1995- WARREN VILLAGE WITHOUT WALLS - Working in three components, JLD volunteers explored ways of expanding the Warren Village concept to others in the community, worked with the Warren Village Resident Council to develop leadership training programs, and worked with Warren Village residents and alumni to provide families with family enrichment education and activities. Grants to date total $50,000.

1996- ARAPAHOE HOUSE - New Directions for Families is one of 5 programs in the country to provide intensive, residential drug rehabilitation for mothers while allowing their children to remain with them. JLD volunteers work directly with families, assist them with self sufficiency, model appropriate behavior and interactions with children, suggest alternative discipline, promote reading and assist in the use of resources. Volunteers also interact with businesses in setting up internships for the mothers, helping with interviewing skills, etc. Grants to date total $14,000.

1996- BRIGHT BEGINNINGS-WARM WELCOME - This program's goal is to make Colorado the best place for a child to be born and raised. Volunteers work in the home visitation component and help to recruit and train community agencies to start their own Warm Welcome programs. Grants to date total $27,000.

1996- DECATUR PLACE - This is a transitional housing community for low-income, single-parent, at-risk families with young children. The goal of the program is to provide residents with information and skills to support a functional family life after leaving Decatur Place. League volunteers facilitate classes, tutor small children in self esteem, teaching job survival skills, etc., as well as provide extended, individualized mentoring to families selected from the residents. Grants to date: $39,000

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GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY
A program of grants to Denver metro area agencies in recognition of outstanding service.

1990 A grant of $100,000 was made to the CURTIS PARK COMMUNITY CENTER in recognition of its outstanding work in the area of Children in Crisis.

1991 A grant of $30,000 was made to THE GATHERING PLACE for the construction of a playground.

1991 A grant of $70,000 was made to GIRLS INCORPORATED for the construction of an integrated play and garden area and to furnish the computer lab.

1992 A grant of $70,000 was made to INNER CITY HEALTH CENTER for expansion of facilities to provide more clinic space.

1992 A grant of $30,000 was made to VOLUNTEERS FOR OUTDOOR COLORADO to fund a volunteer clearing house.

1994 A grant of $75,000 was made to CHARG Resource Center to purchase and renovate a building in Capitol Hill to provide services in a more effective manner. In addition, a portion of the building will be used as low-cost apartments for its mentally ill members.

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FUND RAISING PROJECT HISTORY
1918-1970 The League was involved in various fundraising activities, including balls, lectures, bazaars, follies, fashion shows and rummage sales.

Ongoing - Bridge Marathon - Duplicate Bridge tournament includes League members and other community members who meet on a regular basis, September through May. Since 1976 this project has generated more than $98,000 for the JLD programs and purpose.

1970-73 The League held Daisy Day at Elitch's, family fun for an all day ticket price. The League raised approximately $60,000 over the three years.

1973 The League voted to open a Thrift Shop, Second Hand Rose, which welcomed its first customers in April 1974. In late November of 1981, a fire destroyed the shop, by then named The Second Time Shop and located at 3449 S. Broadway. The Shop reopened on March 10, 1982 at 3372 S. Broadway. A move to new and enlarged space at 351 W. Girard occurred Oct. 19, 1991. Since its inception, the shop has generated over $2 million in net income.

1975-76 A calendar, Colorado: Then and Now, in conjunction with the Colorado Centennial year, was published in 1975.

1977 The League participated in selling season tickets to the Colorado Rockies hockey games, raising over $20,000.

1978 Colorado Cache Cookbook was first published in September 1978. This year, it is in its 28th printing, not including a 10th Anniversary Limited Edition, and is distributed nationally. To date, almost 1,000,000 copies have been sold to support the League's purpose and programs in the community.

1979-86 The Monogram Merchants, a stationary and related gift item sales project, contributed over $177,000 to the JLD during its existence.

1980 The first annual League-sponsored Christmas Mart was held in September 1980, featuring unusual gift items from specialty shops throughout the country. The name was changed in 1981 to the Holiday Mart. This fundraiser is one of the most successful events of its kind within the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). Since its inception, the JLD Holiday Mart has raised $3.7 million in net income.

1987 Crème de Colorado Cookbook has sold more than 500,000 copies to date. It is currently in its 12th printing and is nationally distributed.

1986-88 After two years of preparation and planning, the League, in cooperation with the Mile High Figure Skating Association, produced the 1988 United States Figure Skating Championships, January 4-10, 1988, in Denver. Profits from the event were shared between the League, Mile High Figure Skating Association, and the United States Figure Skating Association. The League's portion of this very successful event were $193,000.

1988-91 Two Quick Action fundraisers were inaugurated in 1989-90: Wine Tasting and Italian Cooking Demonstration, generating nearly $3,000 and providing a social outlet as well for League members. The Wine Tasting Event was held again 1990-91, contributing additional funds totaling $2,000.

1990 The Lord & Taylor Department Store Opening on August 15, 1991 was coordinated by JLD volunteers, at the new Cherry Creek Shopping Mall, generating $45,000 for the League.

Colorado Collage Cookbook was published in September of 1995 and is a successful addition to the two C&C Publications cookbooks already established, with over 225,000 copies sold to date. The three cookbooks have earned over $5.4 million to support the League's purpose and programs.

1996 Nordstrom at Park Meadows Grand Opening Gala on August 28, 1996, was a resounding success. The 2,500 tickets sold out within 10 days of the invitations being mailed and the fundraiser netted the JLD $250,000 and a successful on-going relationship with Nordstrom.

1998 The Colorado Shopping Card was launched as the JLD's newest fundraiser in the fall of 1998. For one week in November, card purchasers receive a 20% discount from over 100 participating retailers. The fundraiser is an event of the Denver Post Charities and is a collaboration with the Colorado Children's Campaign. To date it has raised over $17,000 to support the League's purpose and programs.

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Junior League of Denver

6300 East Yale Avenue, Suite 128
Denver, CO 80222-7184
Phone 303-692-0270  Fax 303-753-6846