About JLDM

What is the Junior League of Des Moines?
The Junior League of Des Moines was founded in 1926 as the Junior Social Service League of Des Moines by Ruth Wallace Wijkman. They joined the Association of Junior Leagues to become the Junior League of Des Moines, Inc. in 1931. Currently, JLDM is one of 293 Junior League chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain.

What is the current membership of the JLDM?
Currently, JLDM has approximately 40 active members and more than 330 sustaining members. The majority of active members fall between the ages of 25 and 40, but women of all ages are invited to join. Nearly 76 percent of the membership work outside the home, and a large percentage of those who stay at home are involved in part-time entrepreneurial efforts.

Mission Statement: 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.

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