our mission

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

Community Impact

The JLE has helped improve Erie since 1925. Community impact projects focus on issues effecting women and children and evolve to reflect current community needs and member interest.

Current projects:

Centering Teen Pregnancy

Centering Pregnancy is group prenatal care initiative to bring women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting. Centering research indicates dramatic improvements in maternal child health outcomes, enhancing the field’s goals for cost savings and better health.
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Literacy Through Music

Creating positive musical experiences that promote early music appreciation and early literacy skills in young students to better prepare them for success in school and beyond
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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Launched in 2013 by the United Way of Erie County, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) is a literacy program founded by country music superstar and philanthropist, Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation. The program provides books to Erie County children from birth to age five. The goals of the program are to build early literacy skills and improve kindergarten readiness. Kindergarten readiness is an indicator of educational success. The Junior League of Erie is proud to help support DPIL through the “Reading Buddy” program and fundraising efforts.  Participating children receive one, FREE, high-quality, developmentally appropriate book every month mailed directly to their home and in the child’s name. Click here to register your child today.

Baby Go Round

Baby Go RoundBaby Go Round was launched in May 2008 with the goal of educating parents and caregivers on the prevention and treatment of infant positional head flattening. The campaign includes local screening clinics and events, printed materials, community outreach and a website at babygoround.juniorleagueoferie.com featuring a video and local resource information.

Junior League’s Kids In the Kitchen

Junior League's Kids In the KitchenSince 2006 the Junior League of Erie, along with hundreds of other Junior Leagues throughout the world, has worked to combat childhood obesity through grassroots education efforts. With the generous support of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Junior League of Erie offers fun, interactive programming within local schools, after school programs and agencies. The four-unit educational program highlights key nutritional information: understanding the food pyramid, healthy meal choices, reading nutrition labels and the importance of whole foods.

Healthy Zoo, Healthy You

Healthy Zoo, Healthy You program is a collaborative effort between the Erie Zoo, Junior League of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Junior League volunteers helped write grants to secure refrigeration and storage equipment which allows zoo facilities to offer healthier menu choices for visitors to the zoo. As of Spring 2010, zoo visitors will also be able to make their trip to the zoo healthier by adding fun physical activity to their visit. Visitors can move like the animals by walking on the three new fitness trails: the Zoo Zig Zag, the Highmark Hike, and the Junior League Jaunt.

Past contributions to the community include:

Spitz Planetarium, 1925

Erie County Drug Council, 1970

Rape Crisis Center, 1979

Children’s Art Program, 1980

Beltman Seatbelt Safety Campaign, 1982

expERIEnce Children’s Museum, 1994

Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, 2000

Literacy Program at Blasco Library, 2004