The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, Inc. is a community volunteer organization of women who provides over 350 trained volunteers to the Augusta community throughout the year. Members within our League share diverse backgrounds, but hold a common interest to improve our community through volunteer action. We began as the Junior Workers in 1925 and became the Junior League of Augusta in 1929. The Junior League of Augusta is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which includes 292 Junior Leagues and 150,000 members in four countries.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Over the last few years tragedies across the globe have weighed heavy on the hearts of the women in the Junior League of Augusta. As an organization we recognize that there is a crucial need to speak up for the values our organization believes in. The Junior League of Augusta understands that it is important for us to listen, learn and engage. Conversations on race can be painful, hard and personal. It is more important than ever for us to be open, vulnerable and actively listening.
The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League. As affirmed by our member Junior Leagues, we are accelerating our efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues. When we do this, we unlock tremendous power for our communities and realize our vision of women around the world as catalysts for lasting change.
The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The vision of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is to train volunteers who promote the education and empowerment of women and children in our community.
The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is to focus on the generational poverty of women and children throughout the Central Savannah River Area.
OUR POSITION STATEMENTS
Voluntarism: The purpose of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is to develop the potential of its members for voluntary participation in our community affairs; demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers; support, promote and work to protect voluntarism as an essential component of our society.
Women and Children Advocacy: The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, accepts and affirms the position statement of the Association of Junior Leagues International and therefore is committed to assuring that women and children have opportunities and services essential for optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, mental and social growth and will advocate that such opportunities and services are provided. The Junior League of Augusta is committed to ensuring the advocacy of the following areas: the Arts, Violence against Women and Children, Substance Abuse, Homelessness, Cybercrimes and Online Safety, and Sexually Exploited Women and Children.
Education: The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, recognizes education as a vital lifelong process that is essential to the well being of our state and nation and acknowledges the Junior League of Augusta has a responsibility in shaping Georgia’s educational process. In turn, we will support and promote programs, policies and concepts that lead to equity and excellence in education as long as it is in accordance with our Mission.
Health and Welfare: The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, recognizes that the health and welfare of women and children in the State of Georgia, at times, may be in jeopardy. We acknowledge that the Junior League of Augusta has a responsibility to service the needs of women and children at risk. We will, therefore, support and promote responsible programs, policies and concepts that lead to the improvements in the health and welfare of women and children in the State of Georgia.