I’m Nicole Flanagan, president of Junior Service League of Wenatchee. JSLW is a relatively new non-profit in the Wenatchee Valley. Established in 2008, JSLW’s membership has grown tremendously. We have just over 190 members spanning many generations ranging in age from 20 to 90.

Five Things to Know about JSLW:

1. The Mission and Focus: The Junior Service League of Wenatchee is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Our focus is helping the homeless community in our valley, especially women and children.

2. Largest Diaper Drive in North Central Washington: JSLW has been participating with Make a Difference Day for the last six years by collecting diapers, wipes, formula and cash to distribute to various organizations. This year was the most successful year to date. In eight hours, JSLW members collected 33,686 diapers, 53,493 wipes, 854.58 ounces of formula and $1,528.74 in cash. Also, members volunteered over 158 hours collectively throughout the day. Serve Wenatchee, SAGE, Women’s Resource Center, Haven of Hope, Grace House and Lighthouse Ministries received the donations that came in that day. The cash collected is used to replenish these diaper banks in the spring.

3. My Girlfriends Closet: This is the core philanthropic event that JSLW presents annually in the spring. A boutique shop is created from donated women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. It is only open for a four-day span. The first night is a ‘preview party,’ at which women can purchase a ticket to shop the night before the store opens to the public. MGFC is open to the public for three days and then reopened to women from the non-profit organizations that JSLW supports. These women are provided with personal shoppers (JSLW members) who assist in finding clothing and items. Donations of gently-used women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry are being accepted at Brad Huddle Allstate, 235 N. Mission St., during business hours.

4. Other service projects: JSLW also serves monthly meals at Solomon’s Porch and Grace House; participates in Serve Wenatchee Valley’s Baskets of Blessings, at which JSLW members decorate baskets that are then filled with food for community members in need; partners with Kiwanis annual “Coats for Kids”; holds the Touch-A-Truck event annually; and puts on Prom Dress Giveaway. JSLW is beginning a mentoring partnership with WestSide High School’s new “Jobs for Washington’s Graduates” program this year.

5. Meeting new people: Junior Service League of Wenatchee brings together women from throughout the community who may have never crossed paths with each other without the commonality of JSLW. Not only are long-lasting friendships created, but JSLW promotes and nurtures the leadership skills of its members. JSLW only takes new members August through November. JSLW meets once a month and childcare is provided at meetings. Please see our Facebook page: facebook.com/juniorservice leagueofwenatchee for more information.

If you’re interested in joining Junior Service League of Wenatchee, contact me at 509.433.8449 or jslw.nicole@gmail.com.