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About Us

Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Nashville is one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in our city. Today, it has grown to 1,500 members who are focused on collaborating for meaningful community impact in Middle Tennessee. 

 

Over the past 100 years, the League has contributed millions of hours of direct volunteer service and millions of dollars toward serving women and children in the Nashville community. It has been instrumental in founding more than 20 nonprofits and programs, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Oasis Center, Renewal House, Children’s Services at the Nashville Public Library and many more. Learn more about the Junior League’s history and current work at www.jlnashville.org

 

Our Mission
The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Programs Founded by JLN

 

  • The Junior League Home for Crippled Children (now Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt), 1923

  • Nashville Children’s Theatre, 1931

  • Dede Wallace Center (now Centerstone), 1956

  • Volunteer Action Center/The Volunteer Center, 1969

  • Curiosity Center – Cumberland Science Museum (now Adventure Science Center), 1981

  • Museum Experience Room – Tennessee State Museum, 1981

  • Artist in Residence Program of the Nashville Institute for the Arts, 1982

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 1983

  • Junior League Children’s Lung Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1984

  • Amanda the Panda, 1986

  • Recovery Residences of Nashville, Inc., 1987

  • Metro General Child Abuse Project/Our Kids, 1987

  • Heart of the Matter, 1987

  • For Santa’s Sake, 1987

  • Kare for Kids Homeless Daycare Center, 1990

  • Junior League Center for Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities of Children, 1992

  • Junior League Women’s Center at Meharry Hubbard Hospital, 1992

  • National Immunization Coalition/Don’t Wait to Vaccinate, 1992

  • Teen Outreach, 1992

  • The Junior League Respite Care Center at Vanderbilt’s Children Hospital, 1994

  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation/Nashville Chapter, 1996

  • Renewal House, 1996

  • The Junior League Child Care Center at Red Shield Family Initiative, 2000

  • Lily’s Garden, 2002

  • Art Therapy Room, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, 2009

  • Junior League Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma Program, located at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, 2012

  • Endowed the Child Life program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, with 1 million dollar gift, 2016