A Century of Service

League Establishes a Free School Library

All text books of the time had to be purchased by individual students, and for many families this was impossible. In the first year the library supplied 92 grammar school children with their books, and the next year nearly one thousand dollars was used to equip 432 children, in 28 schools with their texts. The League stepped up to assit 105 junior and high school students with the purchase of their books. In addition, the League bought countless books of street car tickets to enable needy Atlantan children to attend school.

JLA Partners with Atlanta Girls Club

JLA began financial and volunteer support of Metropolitan Atlanta Girls’ Club, which opened in 1952 offering programs focused on “training girls for their roles as wives, mothers, and citizens.”

League Receives $250,000 Grant from State Crime Commission

JLA works with McKenzie and Co. to create a process to measure community impact and membership satisfaction for all projects and placements. The League hosts community Art Shows and a Health Fairs at headquarters. The League also receives $250,000 grant from the State Crime Commission and votes to give $50,000 to the High Museum of Art's Expansion Fund (over a five-year period) JLA also participates in a task force with the AJL and Atlanta University on Volunteers and Staff Relations in Social Work.

"Atlanta Cooknotes" is Introduced

JLA celebrates its 65th anniversary with the introduction of the cookbook "Atlanta Cooknotes" as its third ongoing fundraiser. The goal of the committee was to produce a cookbook that would be uniquely sophisticated and provide an elegant blend of the varied flavors of the League and Atlanta. Over three thousand recipes were tested, and ultimately, 750 traditional favorites were chosen. "Atlanta Cooknotes'" initial publication was celebrated on May 16, 1982 at a gala at Lenox Square.

League Advocates for Science Museum

In 1982, Mary O'Coner and Sue Trotter, fellow Junior League members decided to pursue a science museum for Atlanta. The League advocated for the securing of community funds for the creation of the museum. SciTrek was incorporated in 1982, with an initial grant from the Metropolitan Foundation. The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation donated $1 million. With help from the city of Atlanta, the city committed 96,000 square feet of the Atlanta Civic Center exhibition space to the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta. After years of planning and fundraising SciTrek-The Science & Technology Museum of Atlanta finally opened its doors to the public on October 29, 1988. SciTrek housed more than 140 exhibits appealing to all age ranges. The interactive displays offered visitors the opportunity to explore and discover the marvels of the scientific world, with a special Kidscape section specially designed for the two to seven years age group. The "Mathematica: A World of Numbers... and Beyond" exhibit detailed the major achievements in the history of mathematics from the twelfth century. Other exhibits focused on electricity generation in unusual ways, creating energy from magnetism, 'freezing shadows' or stepping inside a kaleidoscope. The museum was forced to close in August 2004 due to reduced federal and state funding, as well as poor fundraising results.

Junior League Participates in Habitat for Humanity's "First Ladies Build"

In the spring of 2000, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity erected its seventh house with the Junior League of Atlanta. League volunteers were joined by Georgia's first lady, Marie Barnes who participated in the build herself. Mrs. Barnes and others were there as part of Atlanta Habitat's first "First Ladies Build." The program was part of a nationwide effort by Habitat to raise the profile of their cause. Governors' wives joined Habitat's bandwagon, and first ladies Cathy Keating of Oklahoma, Janet Huckabee of Arkansas, Martha Carper of Delaware and former first lady, Libby Jones led the effort.

JLA Helps Children in Need

JLA provided free dental work for children at English Avenue School and created a Milk Fund for undernourished Atlanta children.

Children's Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden Opens

The Children's Garden, a two acre garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, opened in September 1999. It was built in partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to emphasize wellness and healing. The garden closed in 2015 for renovations but re-opened in June of 2016. The placement allows volunteers to provide an informal, fun and educational experience to children through hands-on activities and demonstrations such as seed experiments and nature related crafts.

Kids in the Kitchen Placement is Adopted

In 2008, the League adopted and began volunteering with Kids in the Kitchen, an AJLI program designed to empower children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and associated health issues.

League Supports High Museum Expansion and Exhibits

By 1981, the High Museum was having growing pains having been housed for 13 years within the Memorial Arts Center (built in the memory of the Orly plane crash). The High was ready for a new facility. The league's $50,000 contribution along with funding from outside sources helped make the dream of a new museum building a reality. In 1983, the new building was opened, giving Atlanta a six-level, 130,000 square foot museum brilliantly designed by Richard Meier. In addition to the capital campaign, the League supported the High Museum with volunteer hours and several grants. During the eighties, the League was instrumental in the success of the two major exhibitions installed in the Museum's Junior Gallery (started by League members in 1966). "Sensations," which opened in 1982, addressed the ways in which we use our senses to relate to the world around us. "Spectacles" was on exhibit from 1986 to 1994. Grants that the league provided during the decade include the Discovery and Art Explorers Program, Spectacular Saturdays, Partnerships, and the Junior Gallery exhibits. All of these programs are designed to promote art awareness in children.

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