The Junior League of Chicago is dedicated to strengthening and transforming our community through effective action and leadership of well-trained volunteers. Over 1,100 volunteers are actively engaged in our focus initiative, which is to increase awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles, particularly the reduction of childhood obesity, in the Chicago community and its surrounding suburbs. Through collaboration and community engagement, we seek to remove the many barriers to success which limit the ability of disadvantaged children and families to improve themselves and their community. Each year, The Junior League of Chicago donates over 124,280 volunteer hours to community agencies and programs that support child welfare and education. In addition, the JLC raises thousands of dollars each year to fund our 10 community projects. For more than a century, the JLC has diligently worked to empower at-risk families—especially women and girls—through hands-on mentoring, advocacy and education.