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Founded in 1930, the Junior League of Rockford, Inc. (JLR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. is a member of an international organization known as the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI). AJLI is comprised of over 155,000 women in 292 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and England. AJLI supports local chapters by offering leadership development training, maintaining the AJLI website, facilitating networking with leagues, and providing members with discounts on a variety of products and services.
The Junior League of Rockford, Inc., founded on April 11, 1930, has contributed 85 years of service to the Rock River Valley. Throughout its long history, Junior League members have received the training and knowledge necessary to build coalitions, identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The Junior League of Rockford’s first community project, Ken-Rock Community Center, was initiated in 1930 and remains an integral part of the community today, along with many other JLR projects that were developed over the years.