A Note from the President

In the Junior League of Wichita, we define leadership as serving to create positive community change. We develop ourselves personally and professionally as we help build a better Wichita.

Since 2011, we have focused our collective efforts on combating on child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. To date, we have committed more than $500,000 to this endeavor. This includes our newest partnership with the Wichita Children’s Home, which includes a three-year commitment of $150,000 and hundreds of hours of volunteer service.

For this project, called Two Lives at a Time, the Junior League of Wichita and the Wichita Children’s Home will help teen moms develop crucial life skills, including how to build healthy relationships and effective parenting practices.

Our members will serve as mentors to these young women, celebrating both milestones and everyday successes with them. We are also providing and outfitting a van – the MOMobile – to deliver diapers, baby items and self-care items where they are needed most in our community. Alleviating some of the stress in providing for basic needs means babies and children will be safer.

We continue to take a multifaceted approach to combating child abuse. The Junior League of Wichita created and supports ChildAbuseWichita.org. Our partnership with Wichita Public Schools continues, with members performing puppet shows for thousands of elementary students annually to teach them about physical and sexual abuse. And we are proud to have contributed $300,000 to the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County for the creation of its training wing.

The Junior League offers members extensive training in areas such as leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, communications, advocacy and fundraising. The result is that Junior League members know Wichita well – and know how to get things done. We pragmatically assess problems and solutions, motivate volunteers and create new partnerships.

We hope one of those partnerships will be with you. We welcome all women who value our mission as members. You also can support our work by attending Holiday Galleria and Kitchen Tours events or by purchasing a Pinches & Dashes cookbook. Together we can combat child abuse and improve the lives of vulnerable children in our community.

Laura Roddy

Junior League of Wichita President, 2017-2019

Junior League of Wichita

6402 East 12th Street
Wichita, Kansas 67206-1306
Phone: (316) 682-7473