Junior League of Denver grants $50,000 to nonprofits

Members logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours in honor of 100th anniversary

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The Junior League of Denver granted $50,000 to eight nonprofit organizations at the league’s 100th anniversary celebration May 22 at the Tivoli on the Auraria campus, according to a news release. Additionally, the release said, league members logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours since June 1, 2018, in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary in Denver.

The Junior League is granting up to $100,000 in honor of its 100th anniversary. Four nonprofits received $20,000 in May 2018, and up to $30,000 will be awarded in May 2020, bringing the total to $100,000 to honor a century of service, the release said.

The league also launched a yearlong initiative to track and log 100,000 hours of volunteer service from its 1,750 members. Junior League of Denver members were asked to count the time they give not only to the league, but also to other nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries and others in need.

“Celebrating our 100th anniversary year has been such a wonderful experience,” Becky Schaub, 2018-2019 Junior League of Denver president, said in the news release. “Reflecting on the league’s rich history is a humbling experience for all JLD members. We look forward to honoring all of the incredible women that came before us by continuing to provide trained civic volunteers to our community, as well as provide vital monetary support to fellow nonprofits through our granting program.”

Since 1918, the Junior League of Denver has dedicated itself to improving the Denver community through the leadership of its trained volunteers. Over the past 100 years, the league helped establish and fund some of Denver’s most significant institutions and programs including Children’s Museum of Denver, the first Red Rocks concert series, the University of Denver Speech Clinic, Denver Santa Claus Shop, Children’s Pavilion at what was then the City Park Zoo, Mile High Transplant Bank (now Donor Alliance), and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. In addition, the Junior League of Denver donated a trail to the State of Colorado as the first volunteer group to do so.

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