The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
The idea for this post came from my mom, a JLKCMO Sustainer. During her years as an Active, she spent much of her time working with initiatives related to children’s literacy through Hooked on Books. She still receives the Reach Out and Read newsletter, and she was thrilled to see a special feature on JLKCMO members visiting Turner House Children’s Clinic in a recent newsletter.
Our League at Work Tours give New Members a close-up look at the legacy of the Junior League across the Kansas City area. Sustainer Lisa Nickel gave me more information about the League’s history and the recent tour. Lisa said, “There is so much intertwined history between the JL and Reach Out and Read (ROR) that it’s hard to put simply. Laura Gregory is the co-chairman of the ROR Community Council and has been since the inception of ROR in Kansas City in 1997. When the League decided to discontinue the Hooked on Books project, ROR adopted the program and has been collecting books for waiting room visitors every since. Former JLKCMO President, Nancy Fuller, runs the program for ROR. Many JL members have served as volunteers for ROR in different capacities.
Lisa continued, “The Our League at Work tour focused on the ROR program and the work they do at Turner House, one of the 52 ROR sites. After the tour, Laura and I shared the combined history of ROR and JLKCMO to the New Members so they could see the impact the League and our members have on the community program. The New Members also helped put stickers on the book that the JLKCMO wrote and provides to ROR to distribute during well-child visits.”
You can learn more about Reach Out and Read and Turner House on their websites. We will feature more of the Our League at Work Tours in the coming months. They are such a great way for New Members to experience the Junior League legacy in the KC community.