The Junior League of Des Moines, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Junior League gals love to kick up their heels!
2014 Hill Day at the Capitol
Family Fun at the 2014 Follies!
Another successful Gift Mart in 2013!
Our next Prospective Member Social will be held on Tuesday, August 19, from 6:30-7:30pm at Blo Blow Dry Bar located at 521 E. Locust Street, Suite 101 in Des Moines. Please contact June Owens at email@example.com for additional information on becoming a Junior League member.
Our next New Member Class will be held September 3, 11 & 16 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Junior League Office located at 3811 Ingersoll Ave.
Click here for a New Member Application.
Heather Welch Puri
Heather grew up in Des Moines and is a graduate from Roosevelt High School. She has lived in various other parts of the U.S. (Chicago; San Francisco; Palo Alto, CA; New York City) and lived in New Zealand for a year before returning to Des Moines in 2007 with her family.
"I joined JLDM when I returned to Des Moines in 2007," said Heather. "After being gone for almost 20 years, it was a great way to meet other women in the Des Moines area and become more actively involved in the community.
Heather loves to take photographs, read, travel and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to her children, she is also really good at building LEGO sets, playing four-square, identifying most characters from Star Wars, the CARS movies, 'How to Train your Dragon' books/movies, and Minecraft; and she knows a lot about U.S. state capitols and presidents, animals of the world, and children's books.
Heather serves on the Board of Trustees for the Youth Homes of Mid-America, co-leads the Hanawalt Education Advocacy Team ('HEAT'), and is the 'official photographer' for school, sports and other kids activities.
Heather has served as Gift Mart Treasurer, Financial Vice President, and Board Member at Large. Over the last two years, she has been actively involved with JLDM's Community Research & Development committee and has greatly enjoyed participating in the community projects selection process.
Thank you to everyone in the Des Moines community and to our own league members for making the 2014 Capital City Celebrities Follies such a great success.
In February 2013, Junior League of Des Moines was honored to be inducted in the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Thank you to Volunteer Iowa and to all JLDM members for your time and dedication to voluntarism.
Junior League presented the 2014 Follies with lots of memorable acts, such as this one performed by our own members.
The Junior League of Des Moines celebrated a successful Gift Mart and are already looking forward to next year! Pictured are (left to right): Debbie Parenza and Lauren Denison.
Junior League of Des Moines hosted a special screening of the documentary Miss Representation.
Projects and Partners
JLDM members voted on the following projects to support during the 2014-2015 league year. We look forward to working with these worthwhile organizations and supporting their efforts.
JLDM Signature Project-Touch a Truck
Courage League Sports
Chrysalis-Human Trafficking Awareness
& Prevention Project
Teens Against Human Trafficking
50-50 in 2020
YMCA of Greater Des Moines-
Girls on the Run