Membership in the Junior League of Huntsville brings with it numerous benefits. Because of its longstanding and prominent presence in Huntsville and Madison County, the Junior League opens up a vast network of connections with our community. The Junior League of Huntsville has partnerships with agencies across our area, including the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Girls Inc., and the Y.M.C.A. In its 65 year history, the Junior League of Huntsville has been a driving force behind the Panoply arts festival, the Volunteer Center, Sci-Quest museum, and more. In addition, many of our members currently serve on boards of other non-profit agencies in our community, from the HudsonAlpha Foundation to the Museum of Art to the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
The Junior League offers its members the opportunity to make an impact in our community by working with a wide variety of projects, including the Huntsville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, arts activities at the Y.M.C.A.’s child care centers, and much more. These programs allow League members to provide hands-on educational and enrichment activities to children at every age level. Our volunteers are also active year-round in short-term projects through agencies such as The Arts Council, Autism Society of Alabama, and The Salvation Army.
While we are actively involved in improving our community, another important aspect of our mission is developing the potential of women through training volunteers. Within the League, this training takes many forms. Whatever volunteer placement you choose—perhaps working with children at a local child-care center, helping plan one of our fund-raising events, or playing in our Rainbow Rhythm Band—you receive valuable on-the-job training in that area. The League also has numerous leadership positions through which you can learn skills such as public speaking, boardsmanship, collaborative decision-making, and financial management. And on an ongoing basis, we offer workshops on a variety of subjects that help educate and enrich our members, from parenting skills to gardening, starting your own business or being a productive corporate team player or manager.
In our organization of more than 700 active and sustainer members, who come from a wide geographic area in and around Huntsville and Madison County, members form friendships and make community connections that last well beyond their active years in the League. And many of our members have developed skills and relationships that have led to even greater professional and civic opportunities, whether that means taking a position as executive director of a community agency, chairing the board of another non-profit, or even serving as an elected official in our local government.
The Junior League of Huntsville gives women throughout our area the opportunity to meet new friends, learn valuable skills, and make a significant volunteer contribution to the future of our community.
Criteria for Membership
The bylaws of the Junior League of Huntsville specify three criteria for membership:
- Interest: A candidate for Provisional membership shall possess an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service and an interest in developing her potential as a community volunteer.
- Age: A candidate for Provisional membership must be at least twenty-three (23) years of age at the beginning of her Provisional Course Year (August).
- Residency: A candidate must reside in Madison County or Madison City and shall have been a resident of either for at least one (1) year prior to the beginning of her Provisional Course Year (August).
How to Join
There is no deliberative process in the admissions system. All prospective members participate in an informed admissions process. If you are interested in joining the Junior League of Huntsville, please review the criteria for membership, then fill out and submit the Application for Membership form online. If you know someone in the Junior League of Huntsville who would like to sponsor you, please list the sponsors’ names in the areas provided on the application form.
If you don’t have a sponsor, no problem! Just check the Membership Council option on the application and we’ll arrange for a sponsor for you.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. All applications received after April 1, 2017 will be held and considered for the 2018-2019 Provisional Class.