About JLDM

What is the Junior League of Des Moines?
In 1926 Mrs. Ruth Wallace Wijkman founded the Junior Social Service League of Des Moines with 10 charter members.  In 1931 they joined with the Association of Junior Leagues to become the Junior League of Des Moines, Inc. The Junior League of Des Moines (JLDM) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Junior League of Des Moines is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) which governs 292 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain.

Mission
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. The Junior League of Des Moines, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origin who demonstrates an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism.

What is the focus area of JLDM?
Children's health, hunger, and poverty are the primary focus areas of Junior League of Des Moines' community impact. Junior League of Des Moines is committed to creating healthy and active communities with a broad range of community projects.

What is the current membership of the JLDM?
Currently, the JLDM has approximately 75 active members and 400 sustaining members. The majority of members fall between the ages of 28 and 36, but new members over 40 are common. Nearly 76% of the membership work outside the home, and a large percentage of those who stay at home are involved in part-time entrepreneurial efforts.

Vision

To develop women leaders who create healthy and active communities. We value connecting women through: leadership development, membership diversity, impactful volunteerism and community philanthropy.