Junior League of Indian River defines focus area and aims to tackle violence against women


The Junior League of Indian River (JLIR) is constantly striving to better serve our community and bring greater satisfaction to our members.  JLIR is participating with other Leagues across the country in an initiative process called IBCI, or Issue-Based Community Impact. The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) is helping Leagues across the country think about how we can focus our efforts to develop sustained long-term community impact, measurable outcomes, and become a more relevant organization. This process also allows the JLIR to seek projects that fit our membership instead of the other way around. Through this process, JLIR members voted that our new focus area would be Violence Against Women.

“Through this process, our League was able to take time to truly understand the needs of our community and compare those needs with the areas of impact that aligned with the goals of our membership,” said Meg Cunningham, president of JLIR. “This is an exciting time for our League as we develop ways to help women and families in our community who have been affected from violence.”

Violence against Women, which is a large umbrella term that includes domestic violence, sexual assault, financial violence and human trafficking, is a prevalent issue that faces our community. Through this new focus area, JLIR strives to prevent further acts of violence against women through education for our community, increasing awareness of the many faucets, communicating information and resources, and empowering our community to end violence against women in all forms. The fight starts with each of us better understanding what violence against women encompasses.

JLIR began the IBCI process in 2017. A small task force was formed and contacted local community leaders from elected government officials, business owners to members of other non-profits. The goal of this research was to identify a pressing need in our community and which groups of people are under-served in Indian River. Educating the JLIR membership of the progress of the research along the way, the membership formally voted on the focus area in April.

JLIR has incorporated this focus area into the all facets of our organization and our long-term strategic plan. In 2019 we are making efforts to refocus our grants and community projects to reflect our focus are issue. One of the biggest goals of this process is to have a measurable impact. We are currently working to continue monitor our efforts in a way that will allow not only our membership, but the rest of our community, to more easily see the positive impact of the Junior League of Indian River on our community.

For more information about JLIR, please visit www.jlir.org.

About Junior League of Indian River

Founded in 1990, the Junior League of Indian River is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Indian River is a volunteer organization for women interested in making an impact in their community.

About Association of Junior League International

The Junior League of Indian River is a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of transformational female leaders who set bold goals, open their circles, disrupt convention and change the conversation for the betterment of civil society. Today, there are Leagues across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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