President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Pueblo! As a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, we are part of one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world.  We are 150,000 women strong with 292 Leagues that span across four countries.  Our local chapter was founded 40 years ago coming this February and we have been changing lives and building a better community ever since!

Since 1977, the women of the Junior League of Pueblo (JLP) have been an instrumental force of positive change through both our own initiatives and our collaborations with other groups and institutions in our community.  Made up of 135 women, our JLP membership is diverse with a vast variety of personal and professional backgrounds, interest, and life stages. However diverse this group of women may be, we all share the same commitment to our mission: to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

One of the greatest strengths of JLP is our ability to offer extensive training to our members. This training includes areas such as leadership and organizational development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy, and fundraising.  We provide women opportunities to get hands on experience through volunteer work and nonprofit management.  Our members go on to serve in our community as champions of change and well beyond their active time spent in the League. That is one of our ultimate goals: for the Junior League membership to take the skills developed in the League into the greater community, sharing what they’ve learned with other nonprofits and making a real difference in our community.  Our long-standing Sustainer members, many of who are in important positions of public service and non-profit leadership, offer numerous real-life examples of the impact our membership can have.

The Junior League of Pueblo has an incredible legacy of making a difference in the lives of children and families in our community and is continuing to make a difference today. This is a very exciting year for our organization as we will celebrate our 40th birthday in February of 2017.  We are proud of our history working to establish community institutions such as developing the Pueblo Day Nursery, Pueblo Art Works (Buell Children’s Museum), the YWCA crisis center and many, many more! Today our members dedicate over 1,000 volunteer hours annually to service the community in a variety of ways.

This year, the Junior League of Pueblo will continue to look to the future as we welcome our largest new member class on record.  These talented women bring to our League a diversity of talents and skill sets that will ensure the strength our League for years to come.  These newest members will join our Active and Sustaining members in the community, working on numerous projects to help make a positive difference to the lives of the children and youth in the Pueblo area.  Through our Community Impact Model, a strategic initiative that targets specific identified needs in the Pueblo area, the League is striving to improve the basic needs, literacy and wellness of the children within our community.  By addressing these three focused needs, we believe we will continue to see success in our community.

Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the Junior League of Pueblo: who we are, our history, the diversity of our membership, our volunteer opportunities, and our community impact.  We also invite you to a partner with us in pursuit of our mission, whether it be though joining us a member, becoming a community partner, supporting our mission through financial sponsorship or contribution, or attending one of our many events.

I am excited and honored to be leading this tremendous organization of committed and dedicated community leaders in its 40th year!!

Mande Mathews

Mande Mathews

        Mande Mathews                          President                  president.jlp@gmail.com