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.
The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has almost 1,600 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers, with a focus on removing obstacles that prevent children from reaching their full potential by addressing the issues of Literacy, Human Trafficking, and Childhood Obesity
The Junior League of Nashville is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). Of the 293 leagues around the world with a total 155,000 members, the JLN is the 15th largest Junior League in the association. JLN has founded many important Nashville resources, such as the Nashville Children's Theatre, Renewal House, Our Kids, and the JLN Children’s Services at the downtown Nashville Public Library.
Our first community project was the Junior League Home for Crippled Children, founded in 1923 as a rehabilitation hospital for children with polio. In 1970, the Junior League Home moved to Children’s Regional Medical Center at Vanderbilt creating a hospital within a hospital. Today we know this collaboration as the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt which remains a major focus of JLN philanthropy and volunteer support to this day.
Our work is supported by community support and donations, Annual Fund gifts, membership dues, and by our major fundraisers.