A Note from the President
Thanks for visiting Junior League of Wichita's website. We are a women's organization whose mission is
to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve our community. We welcome all women who value this mission and are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
The net profits from our fundraisers (Holiday Galleria, Kitchen Tours, Cookbooks) allow us to continue to make significant contributions to the Wichita community. Please continue to browse our website to learn more about those events.
Since 1925 we have been dedicated and passionate about making a difference in the Wichita community. In 2010-2011 we selected child abuse awareness, prevention and intervention as our issue area. Here are some of the strides we have made since then:
- Developed www.ChildAbuseWichita.org as a gift to the community. This website is a single-point resource for the Wichita community to learn about child abuse and how to get involved in combatting it.
- Performing “Someone To Talk To” puppet shows to 3rd and 4th grade students on physical and sexual abuse. Thus far we have reached over 5300 children in 41 schools and will continue our efforts in the 2016-2017 school year. Sadly, several children have reported potential abuse to a school counselor or teacher after seeing one of these shows; by giving them the courage and knowledge necessary to come forward, we are making a difference.
- Donated $300,000 to the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC) to fund the education/training wing of their new building. This facility brings together several agencies that serve victims of abuse, reducing the number of times they must share their painful stories. Our members will work closely with the center to increase public awareness and education.
- Working with Wichita’s USD 259 McKinney-Vento Program. McKinney-Vento is a program to help homeless youth with school supplies, hygiene needs, travel accommodations and nutrition. Last year, USD 259 identified more than 2,400 students as homeless. Our involvement in this project includes helping with monthly parent meetings, offering child care at parent meetings, helping with the annual holiday distribution and other tasks.
- Trash Bag Handbag, a new effort this last year, increased awareness about children removed from the home in police protective custody; often, their belongings are put into trash sacks. For a week, our members swapped their purse for a blue trash bag and wore a button “Ask Me About My Bag”. Monies were raised for kits that included duffle bags, pillow pets, hygiene kits, coloring books and crayons; the kits were distributed by various community partners. This campaign was a tangible way to uplift and empower children in crisis.
Discover how you can be a part of and benefit from our organization. We look forward to another 92 years of positive impact in the Wichita community.
Junior League of Wichita President, 2016-2017
Remember: If you suspect child abuse or neglect call 911 or 1.800.922.5330.