The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas was founded in 1992 as the Junior Service League born from a shared vision of a small group of local women who wanted to better this community in which we live. It was soon decided that the history and mission of the Association of Junior Leagues International and the organization’s strong emphasis on volunteer training would provide our local organization with the strength, clarity and resources to even better serve the needs of Northwest Arkansas.
The Association of Junior League’s International was founded in 1901 and includes two hundred and ninety-four Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Famous members of Junior League include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, First Lady Barbara Bush, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Pulitzer Prize Winner Eudora Welty, First Lady Laura Bush and Academy Award Winner Katherine Hepburn.
After seven years of working to improve our community, we accomplished affiliation and became the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas on April 21, 1999.
In 1998, the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas conducted a needs assessment to identify the largest gaps in the available services offered in our community. Research showed domestic violence as a significant problem in our community, yet there were no volunteer organizations taking a stand against it, nor raising awareness about the impact it has our community. Our League had already been involved with helping women and children in need on a project by project basis, so it was a natural fit to take on domestic violence in Northwest Arkansas as our community focus area.