History

 

Our Early Heritage

Mary Harriman, a 19 year-old woman from a socially prominent family, founded the first Junior League in New York City to involve those more fortunate in helping people in need. Through the new organization, called the Junior League for the Promotion of the Settlement Movement, volunteers worked in settlement houses on New York's Lower East Side to improve child health, nutrition, and literacy.

 

Our Own Beginnings

The Junior Club of Spokane was organized on April 28, 1924, by Mrs. Harry Hawkins (Hanna Hinsdale). Sponsored by Portland and Tacoma, the Junior Club was admitted to the Association of the Junior Leagues of America, Inc. in January of 1925, and at that time changed its name to the Junior League of Spokane. It was the eightieth Junior League to join the Association.

Over the past 89 years the Junior League of Spokane has been a major force in making Spokane a better place to live.

We are proud to have developed and/or worked on many community projects and fund raisers from 1924 through the present. Click here to view our best attempt at listing these many efforts. We apologize for any omissions.