Current Community Projects
Changing Lives Through Literacy
Read · Learn · Grow
Photo courtesy of One Book 4 Colorado
Who We Are
The Junior League of Denver (JLD) is a women’s nonprofit training organization committed to changing lives through literacy in the Denver metro area.
In the 2012-2013 year, the JLD provided a substantial sponsorship to One Book 4 Colorado, an effort to distribute 70,000 copies of Duck on a Bike by David Shannon to every four-year-old in Colorado, May 6-20, 2013. The JLD participated in Colorado Literacy Week May 6-10, 2013, hosting JLD Literacy Night on May 9th, an educational networking opportunity for key community partners and JLD members to learn more from literacy experts about the challenges we face in Colorado. The JLD is proud to partner with Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and the Mile High United Way on Colorado Reads 2013 - The Early Literacy Initiative.
Founded in 1918, we are proud to celebrate more than 90 years of service: promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community.
The JLD was established in 1918, and played a large part in supporting and starting major Denver institutions such as: The Children’s Museum of Denver, the Red Rocks Concert Series, the Denver Santa Claus Shop, large projects at the Denver Museum of Natural History (now DMNS), Girls Inc., Families First, the Women’s Foundation and many more.
Our Tag Line
Our member tag line is Live the Legacy: Give, Grow, Get Connected. The JLD is an organization where women can Give back to their community, Grow professionally and as leaders, and Get Connected to other women.
2013-2014 JLD Community Programs
Done in a Day - Providing volunteers for day-long projects to nonprofits throughout the Denver metro area. Last year we completed 135 Done in a Days, and volunteers spent approximately 2,025 hours on Done in a Days in the community. The volunteers provided by our Done in a Day program help Denver nonprofits accomplish their goals while saving them money.
(The) Gathering Place - The JLD is partnering with The Gathering Place to expand and improve the current nutrition program. Volunteers also donate time at the Food Bank of the Rockies under a reciprocal arrangement between the two organizations. The JLD prepares four meals a month serving over 200 women. The JLD was honored with The Gathering Place 2013 Above and Beyond Award for an outstanding commitment to and support of The Gathering Place in the 2012-2013 year.
Kids Connect - Bimonthly literacy-based program centered on early childhood brain development. The program is held at Children’s Outreach Center and Sheridan Early Childhood Center in Denver, and was designed and implemented by the JLD. Over 300 books are distributed to the children and their families during the eight month program.
Read2Kids - event-based program promoting literacy through access to books and parental/caregiver involvement. In 2012-2013, Read2Kids provided 3,500 books to about 1,250 children and families.