Junior Charity League: Our Purpose
Junior Charity League is a longstanding active women’s charitable organization making a difference in the Dallas community since 1960. Junior Charity League was first composed of approximately 20 daughters and daughters-in-law of Charity League members. A constitution was formed, and JCL became incorporated in 1986.
From its inception, Junior Charity League has provided volunteers for a number of local agencies in Dallas. Beginning in 1988, additional “group project” volunteer opportunities were pursued exposing members to the diversity of needs throughout the Dallas area, and also providing the opportunity to complete tasks for agencies that a single volunteer could not perform.
Junior Charity League is proud of the relationship forged with Parkland Rehabilitation Unit since 1970. Funds raised by JCL have helped hundreds of patients having limited or no resources by providing them with necessary medical equipment allowing them to function more independently once they leave the hospital. Junior Charity League is proud to have donated over $2 million dollars to the Parkland Rehabilitation Fund.
Membership, Meetings and Operations
Junior Charity League membership is limited to 70 Active and Provisional members. Tenured (10 years of active membership) and Associate memberships are unlimited.
An Executive Board elected from the Active Membership on an annual basis governs Junior Charity League of Dallas. We hold our general membership meetings on the first Friday of each month, September through May. Meetings are held at University Park United Methodist Church unless a destination meeting is scheduled.
Junior Charity League is a non-profit group founded in 1960, and incorporated in 1986. We have no overhead, pay no salaries, and have no paid staff.
Spring Benefit Luncheon
Since 1970, Parkland Rehabilitation Fund has been the major financial recipient of Junior Charity League's annual Spring Benefit Luncheon. Parkland has recognized JCL for its service and donations of over $1.9 million dollars. Our small group of 70 women is proud to bring in major dollars and donors from the community.
Each year, Parkland Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department cares for more than 14,000 patients in inpatient and outpatient therapy. The therapists practice a holistic approach for patients, young and old, recovering from traumatic brain, spinal cord, and burn injuries, as well as strokes, diabetes, wounds and other debilitating conditions.
With community support, Junior Charity League is able to raise funds needed to purchase equipment essential to patient recovery including wheelchairs, portable ramps, and diabetic shoes. These necessities are a critical part of the rehabilitation process and made possible by JCL’s continued commitment to the Parkland Rehabilitation Unit.
With opportunities to win door and raffle prizes, play bingo and bid on over 200 auction items, Junior Charity League’s annual Spring Benefit Luncheon is a Dallas favorite for Dallas women. Staged each spring at Northwood Club, the event features something for everyone.
Local and out-of-town merchants graciously donate a vast array of Silent Auction items, ranging from handbags and sporting events to artwork and restaurant gift cards. Guests enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal served in a festive ballroom. The Bake Sale, Plant Arrangements, and Centerpieces are prepared, arranged, and created exclusively by Junior Charity League members for purchase by guests at the luncheon.
Parkland Rehabilitation Fund
Parkland Rehabilitation Fund is the major money recipient of Junior Charity League. The funds provided enable necessary therapy items to be furnished to Parkland outpatients who qualify for help. 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 since 1970 of over $2 million.
On behalf of the patients who benefit from the resources provided by the Parkland Rehabilitation Fund and the services provided by the staff of the Parkland Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Center, we thank you as you consider joining us in this worthwhile endeavor. Your generous support will make a lasting and significant difference in the lives of these patients.
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 function more independently at home 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.
The main fundraising activity for Junior Charity League is a Spring Benefit Luncheon with bingo, 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.
Since 1960, Junior Charity League has made a difference in our community, and we strive to continue that legacy. Junior Charity League is an organization of women committed to promoting compassion and volunteerism throughout Dallas County.
Throughout the year, our volunteers craft "no-sew" Blankets for Parkland rehabilitation patients.
At Scottish Rite Hospital, our membership donates homemade baked goods for their semi-annual Holiday Bazaar, assemble patient packets, and perform a variety of other jobs that are requested of us. Preparing and serving lunch at Ronald McDonald House, and working at their fundraiser, The Trains of NorthPark, is always a membership favorite.
The Stewpot is another agency that JCL shares a relationship with, serving lunch onsite once a month.
Members also volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank, packaging meals for members in the community.
Please visit the rest of our website to learn more about our programs, projects, and most importantly, how you can be part of our good works.
Contact Junior Charity League
Since 1987 Junior Charity League has been recognized as non-profit charitable organization exempt under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For more information about Junior Charity League or our services, please contact Barbara Daniel at:
Junior Charity League
P.O. Box 12487
Dallas, TX 75225
Employer Identification Number: 75-2079480
We welcome your monetary contributions, or for a credit card donation over the phone, call:
We also welcome tax deductible donations of merchandise, gift certificates, or services representing your business to be auctioned at our annual Spring Benefit Luncheon supporting the Parkland Rehabilitation Fund.
All funds raised are given to the Parkland Rehabilitation Fund.
Corporate underwriting opportunities are available to underwrite our Annual Spring Benefit.