Five Tips to Sparkle and Shine this League Year

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Can you all believe it is already time to start a new League year? The beginning of a new year is always so exciting. There are new faces, new opportunities, and new placements. But the beginning of a new year can also be overwhelming and take some time to get back into the swing of…

Generation Serve

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  There’s an organization in town helping the next generation of community members understand the importance of giving back. Marissa Vogel wanted to ensure her young daughters were community-focused. She says, “If [my] children were to grow into adults who cared about making a difference, they needed to learn a sense of responsibility for the…

Spotlight on Gay Gaddis: JLA Sustainer and All Around Renaissance Woman

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When I meet a member of The Junior League of Austin (JLA), I am continually impressed by the Renaissance women who make up our League.  This could not be more true of JLA  Sustaining member Gay Gaddis. Gay Gaddis founded T3 (The Think Tank), an award-wining advertising agency, and grew it into the largest independent,…

From the Archives: Interview With JLA’s Historian

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The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is just 12 years away from celebrating its centennial. Since its founding in February 1934, JLA has welcomed many women and housed a variety of community-centered events and programs.  One such program, the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP), started in 1992 with the goal of empowering young Latina women to…

JLA Community Partner: Mother’s Milk Bank Austin

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A Junior League of Austin community placement spotlight In 2018, my community placement with The Junior League of Austin (JLA) was with Mother’s Milk Bank Austin (MMBA). Coincidentally, I was also in the midst of nursing my son. Since I was already pumping and lucky not to be on any medications or supplements that would…

6th Annual Austin Entertains

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By: Kiley Sheehy The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is happy to bring Austin Entertains back for its sixth year – and we are even more excited to be back in-person at the Community Impact Center!   Austin Entertains is proud to spotlight one of JLA’s signature impact Programs, FIT – Food in Tummies, which helps…

Training & Education February 2022 Kick Off

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February 1 kicks off JLA’s annual Training and Education month, an opportunity to learn, explore, and try something new. This year, the Training and Education Committee’s goal is to offer unique classes where women can learn about various topics, even those not often talked about, in a space that feels comfortable. According to Mildred Hammond,…

What’s Your Why? End of the Year Reflections on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The racial equity movement of 2020 was a galvanizing experience for many. People’s eyes were opened to the idea that our Union might not be perfect, that liberty and justice may not be equally applied to all, and that everyone can take an active role in building a better world. For members of The Junior League…

Back in Action: Community Placements Post-Lockdown

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The League Gets Back to Serving In-Person With our Community Partners By: Nancy Funkhouser McTyre While we may not have yet completely turned the page on Covid, we have indeed turned the page on the lockdowns and the more restrictive measures that many of us experienced in 2020. That’s excellent news for the Junior League…

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Events and Lights Around Austin

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  Even if you’re feeling a bit “bah humbug,” it’s hard not to feel a bit of seasonal cheer when Austin and its environs get festooned with millions of twinkling bulbs. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Austin-area holiday light shows and decorations. Get a hefty dose of holiday spirit at these gorgeous…