Organized in 1960, Junior Charity League was first composed of approximately 20 daughters and daughters-in-law of Charity League members. Eventually a constitution was formed and JCL became incorporated in 1986. Junior Charity League evolved into a strong group of 70 active and provisional members who contribute volunteer hours and money to the community. Included in the roster are tenured members who have served ten years of active membership. Inactive members may remain a part of Junior Charity League through associate membership.
From its inception, Junior Charity League provided volunteers for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The late Dorothy Colgin, former Director of Volunteer Services at Scottish Rite and a member of Junior Charity League, was most instrumental in developing this relationship with the hospital. Beginning in 1988, members were offered additional “group project” volunteer opportunities from which to choose that were selected by the Second Vice Presidents. The group projects expose members to the diversity of needs throughout the Dallas area, and also provide the opportunity of completing some tasks that a single volunteer could not perform.
Parkland Rehabilitation Fund is the major financial recipient of Junior Charity League. The funds provided purchase necessary therapy equipment for Parkland patients who have limited or no resources, which allows them to continue their rehabilitation and function more independently once they leave the hospital. The association with the Parkland Rehabilitation Unit began in 1970 through the efforts of Junior Charity League’s first President, Peggy Hanley. Parkland Hospital has recognized JCL for its service and donations of over $2 million dollars since 1970.
The main fundraising activity for Junior Charity League is a Spring Benefit Luncheon with silent auction, plant arrangements, raffle, and baked goods. Donations may also be made to other charities deemed worthy by the club.
Other Club functions include business meetings held on the first Friday of each month from September through May and socials held throughout the year. Through the rich heritage from Charity League and the members’ participation in various volunteer and fund raising activities, Junior Charity League continues to honor its commitment to the community.