What We Do
Proudly supporting Richardson since 1966
The Richardson community has many needs for short-term volunteer projects that can be “done in a day.” Member volunteer opportunities include Wildflower Festival, Senior Center Dinner, Trash Bash, and more. Below is a sampling of the Junior League of Richardson’s (JLR) philanthropic partners:
Richardson Adult Literacy Center
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC), organized in 1990, was formed through the cooperation of the Junior League of Richardson, Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson, and various dedicated community leaders. These organizations created the mission of offering free English instruction to the increasingly diverse adult population of the city of Richardson and the RISD. The Center has now provided this service to non-English speaking adults for over twenty years. This literacy program was designed to model reading skills to children for pre-kindergarten parents at the Richardson Public Library. It brings parents and their young children together in a fun, educational setting to model read-aloud and other interactive parent/child educational activities.
Visiting Nurse Association
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) staff and volunteers gift-wrap and deliver holiday gifts to VNA Home Care, Hospice, Long-Term Care, Eldercare and Meals on Wheels patients and clients. The 4,000 VNA care recipients receive a gift bag containing full-size toiletries, washcloths, and socks. JLR assists by providing an in-kind donation of toiletry items for the VNA Holiday Gift Project.
The Warren Center
Here children with developmental differences or delays get the help they need to reach their full potential. Parents get a team of skilled and caring professionals who stand beside them and help them discover their own strengths. The Warren Center ensures families have the resources they need to weather the tough times and are there to celebrate each child’s success.
Richardson Reads One Book
JLR is a supporter of the Richardson Reads One Book event. In addition, JLR hosts a companion book discussion in the fall that features a female lead.
Miss Belle’s House
This two-story Victorian farmhouse, circa 1887, depicts life at the turn of the century in Richardson. It is currently located on Owen’s Country Farm. In 1902, it became Richardson’s first private school operated by Miss Belle. It is one of the oldest remaining structures of early Richardson. Miss Belle’s Place is a collaborative project between the city of Richardson, Owen’s Country Farm, and the Junior League of Richardson. In 2010, JLR updated the landscaping, and the structure received a new roof. Today, JLR is responsible for its maintenance.
Dobie Primary School
JLR is a long-standing sponsor of the Dobie Art Project, which provides the opportunity for creative expression among a largely ESL student population. In addition, JLR provides goody bags for the teachers and administration for the beginning of the year, Christmas, and the end of the year.