It’s easy to forget in the bustle of our everyday lives that The Junior League has an impressive history. Not just as a 110-year-old women’s volunteer group now active in four countries, or as one of the largest and most effective nonprofit groups focused on voluntarism, but at the community level.
Consider the Junior League of Oklahoma City. In its more than 80 years of service, JLOC has done a lot to achieve lasting community impact. The League’s first project was construction of the Walnut Grove Community Center, which served approximately 55 children by providing health care, clothing, arts & crafts, books and community field trips. JLOC’s members held fundraisers in order to pay for that and other early programs, quickly becoming respected community leaders. In the following eight decades, JLOC members gave their time and talent to improve their city in a wide and diverse range of projects and initiatives, ranging from the arts to children and family issues to health and literacy. Even today it has 17 active community projects throughout Oklahoma City.
In recognition of JLOC’s 80+ years of service to Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma History Center has unveiled a kiosk on the third floor of the downtown Oklahoma City museum dedicated to JLOC’s history. The kiosk, created in partnership with the Oklahoma History Center, will remain in place for five years.
With more than 200,000 people visiting the Oklahoma History Center each year, JLOC sees a tremendous opportunity for the League to portray its history and the enormous impact members have made in the community.