“When the Junior League of Phoenix gets behind an idea,
Phoenix changes for the better.”
(Justice Sandra Day O’Connor)
At the heart of The Junior League of Phoenix’s mission is improving our community. For 80 years, our volunteers have continued to positively impact the Phoenix metropolitan area. From bringing the Race for the Cure to Phoenix, to beginning the Ronald McDonald House, and being an integral part of the Emily Anderson Center, Ryan House, and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) is invested in developing long term initiatives and programs that meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
Through our signature programs, the JLP will continue teaching children and families about nutrition and exercise through our Kids In The Kitchen program, and will help spread the love for science to children through our ROCKETS program.
All people in Phoenix should have access to healthy food and to the information that can help them improve their families’ health. The Junior League of Phoenix is Building a Healthy Arizona with programs addressing: (1) food insecurity/food access; and (2) nutrition and obesity. The JLP believes that tackling issues related to obesity in our community is critical to ensuring that Phoenix is a healthy place to live and grow. The statistics about nutrition and obesity within the Phoenix area are alarming - Arizona ranks 15th worst in the country for food insecurity, the obesity rate has more than doubled over the last 15 years in the state, and the USDA's "Food Desert" locator shows 55 areas in Maricopa County alone where people have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.
Because the JLP is invested in changing these statistics for the better, the 2016-2017 community programs and partners are focused on reaching out to diverse populations about the importance of nutrition and exercise, and combating hunger issues facing Phoenix. We are proud to announce our newest community partner programs with Phoenix Day and Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle.
In addition, our JLP volunteers are making an impact in the community through the “JLP Community Impact Projects” by investing their time with organizations like the Andre House, St. Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army, Phoenix Zoo, Arizona State University, and the Desert Botanical Garden, just to name a few. The above outlined community projects are made possible by the League’s fund development efforts: our annual Rummage Sale, the Legacy Celebration, JLP Cookbook sales, Touch-A-Truck, and our generous sponsors.
With our 1,000 plus Active, Provisional and Sustaining members contributing thousands of volunteer hours this year, we believe that “Building a Healthy Arizona” can be accomplished … together.