Position Statement

The JLWS is committed to promoting, supporting and advocating for the following Position Statements, which are consistent with the mission, vision and values of the JLWS and provide the framework for the League’s involvement in the community.

The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. is an organization of women, committed to promoting volunteerism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained women that supports, promotes, and works to protect and encourage voluntarism as an essential component of our society. We also:

  • Provide trained volunteers to Community Boards

(adopted 5/15/84, amended 5/14/01, affirmed 5/23/05, amended 1/12/17)

To learn more about our volunteer development, click here.

Childhood & Adolescent Development & Welfare Development
The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. recognizes that every child,, ages 0-18, has the right to develop to his/her full potential, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. We also acknowledge the need to:

  • Implement programs that emphasize the importance of exercise, healthy living, and self respect.
  • Educate parents and children on the importance of good nutrition and a healthy attitude toward food.
  • Support community organizations that are working to improve access to produce and other healthy foods for children and families.
  • Implement programs that address issues of child abuse and neglect and online safety, for both children and educators.
  • Implement programs that encourage reading with children to help increase their language and development skills.
  • Help our community’s children develop critical thinking habits, strengthen language skills, and reinforce their natural curiosity and discovery skills.
  • Support community organizations that are working to encourage students to succeed in school and ultimately graduate.

(adopted 1/26/09, amended 1/12/17) 

The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. believes in:

  • Fair and equal opportunities for all women.
  • The enjoyment of physical and emotional well being.
  • Fair and equal employment and skill training opportunities.
  • The opportunity to serve in leadership positions in corporations, non-profit organizations, community and civic organizations.
  • The recognition of women’s accomplishments and contributions to the community.

(adopted 5/11/87, amended 5/17/99, 5/14/01 affirmed 5/23/05, affirmed 1/12/17)

Women’s Health
The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. recognizes the importance of health maintenance for women of all ages, including physical, mental, and emotional health. We support organizations, programming, and events that educate and advocate for prevention and/or eradication of women’s diseases and are dedicated to women’s health issues. We also recognize the need to:

  • Educate and support women with regard to family health and nutrition issues, understanding that women’s health is tied closely with the health and care of their children, significant others, parents, and other family members.
  • Support community organizations that are working to address issues related to women’s health, including women’s mental and emotional health advocacy.
  • Provide support for victims of domestic violence, strive to prevent and eliminate factors that perpetuate domestic violence, and promote awareness and understanding of causes and effects of domestic violence.

(adopted 5/14/01, affirmed 5/23/05, amended 1/12/17)