Junior League directly impacts our community. Our outreach programs are designed to provide maximum benefit to our communities through our league volunteers, community partnerships, and direct financial support.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi
What is Community Impact?
Community impact is the lasting result of initiatives that enhance people’s quality of life through improvements in the conditions and environments that govern how people live, work and play.
The Junior League’s primary purpose is to develop the potential of its members so that they can perform effective voluntary service and civic leadership in their communities. The community initiatives undertaken by Leagues, therefore, should fully utilize the capabilities of these trained volunteers by producing positive, long-lasting effects on the individuals who participate in or are served by these activities and on the wider community.
Community initiatives have genuine impact when they mobilize, empower, and equip community stakeholders to undertake long-term solutions that build on the community’s assets, including the talents and diversity of its people. This means not only delivering strategies, including direct service, capacity building and advocacy approaches that bring about measurable outcomes on a defined issue(s), but also striving , through cross-sector collaborations to complement other efforts and fill gaps in service delivery.
An Issue-based community impact (IBCI) approach provides Leagues with the platform to effect lasting change in our communities and to develop the leadership skills and knowledge of our members. Issue-based community impact has a positive effect on member engagement. League members who feel they are learning about issues and making a lasting difference in their communities also tend to feel a deeper connection with the League and to participate more fully in the League’s internal and external activities.
–From “Achieving Community Impact: Creating Lasting Change for Healthier Communities,” by Vicki Clark, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Community Advisory Board
Providing guidance, support and feedback to the Junior League of Gainesville on community need and impact.
Dr. Nancy Hardt