Junior League of Chicago Receives $5,000 from the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation to support The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC) of Chicago

CHICAGO – September 3rd, 2019 – The Junior League of Chicago (JLC) received a $5,000 grant from the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, to support its community-based efforts at The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC), which supports women who are recovering from addiction to rebuild their lives with their families and successfully re-enter the workforce.  While women are in treatment, their children up to the age of five can live with them.

With this grant, the JLC will improve operations at TWTC’s Clothing Room, a volunteer boutique run by the JLC. The boutique allows women and children at the Center, many of whom arrive with few or no belongings, to select from donated clothing in a dignified setting. This grant will allow the JLC to install a commercial-quality washer and dryer, so volunteers can ensure all donated items are in the best possible condition for re-use.

“We are so appreciative of this grant, which will help us improve our work at The Women’s Treatment Center,” says Abigail Gravenhorst, JLC’s TWTC Co-Chair of the TWTC Committee.  “Using the funds to install a heavy-duty, commercial quality washer and dryer, the TWTC Committee will be able to efficiently send clean donations to the Clothing Room at the same pace at which we receive them. Having a more fully stocked Clothing Room will ensure that more women are able to find what they need to wear to work, job interviews, and counseling sessions, along with weather appropriate clothing as the seasons change, and access to clothing for their young children as they grow into new sizes.”

The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation and the JLC work to provide the Chicagoland community with high-quality educational and cultural programming for underserved populations including women and children. Together, the JLC and the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation hope to enrich the lives of these families impacted by addiction with education and cultural exposure.

To learn more about the impact the JLC has on the community, please visit www.jlchicago.org.


About the Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC):

The Women’s Treatment Center is an Illinois 501(c)(3) agency, located on Chicago’s Near West side, established to provide a comprehensive family-based treatment program for women 18+ who are battling addiction. TWTC is the only substance abuse treatment center in the state focused solely on women and specializing in treatment that is framed and informed by women’s issues. Their continuum of care enables women to remain with their young children, and transition from addiction to recovery with the ultimate goal of rebuilding families to lead productive lives. For more information, visit http://www.womenstreatmentcenter.org.


About the Junior League of Chicago (JLC):

Junior League of Chicago, Inc. (JLC) is a metropolitan organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1912, JLC has been building a better Chicago by training our members to be leaders and by providing valuable volunteer service hours and critical funding to area nonprofits. This year, more than 1,500 JLC members will contribute more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service annually for Chicago area projects that focus on at-risk families, especially women and children. The JLC reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to volunteerism. For more information about the Junior League of Chicago, visit www.jlchicago.org. Connect with the JLC on social media anytime on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JuniorLeagueChi.

How to Succeed in the League

Whether you’re a born leader or one in training, the Junior League of Chicago provides an unparalleled platform to hone your leadership skills. As stated in our values, “the JLC provides training in a safe environment for responsible and thoughtful risk-taking.” Combined with the range of committees, outreach programs, and community partnerships, the opportunities abound for members to expand their skills in a sensitive and respectful environment.

The qualities of a JLC leader are similar to those of any organization (vision, dedication, assertiveness, etc.) but since the JLC is a volunteer organization, there are a few other important qualities to add to your repertoire. Laura Southwick, a former Annual Fund Chair, suggests strengthening five leadership attributes key to becoming a successful JLC leader.

1) Enthusiasm: Take an active interest in the League in general, the committee you are on, and the goals you set out to accomplish throughout the year.

2) Development: The best source to develop new leaders in the League is our current leaders. If you’re currently in a leadership position, keep an eye out for women who show the talents, skills, drive, and excitement for leadership.

3) Involvement: Get involved with general events of the League. Attend fundraising events, go to general meetings, or buy raffle tickets at events. This is your organization — own it!

4) Contribution: Support the League beyond dues. Contribute to the annual fund, buy tickets for fundraising events, and leverage outside relationships to help solicit additional revenue opportunities.

5) Communication & Listening: League leaders are liaisons between committees and the League’s management. This is key for information to flow freely, members to feel understood, and to cultivate ideas, thus allowing the League to make forward progress. Open communication will also keep your committee engaged and excited about the JLC.

Whether you’re taking on a new role or figuring out how to reach your committee’s goals, be fearless in knowing that you have the support of hundreds of other like-minded women. The League will stand with you as you strengthen your skills and lead the way.

By Melissa Bueninck, Fall 2008 topics
Contributions by Erin (Bonnivier) White