Over 27 Years in Service
A group of energetic women who were interested in bettering Douglas County formed the Service League of Douglas County in 1973. At this time, there were only two “professional”members – the rest were homemakers. The first president of the Service League was Julie Young.
As this group of women expanded, volunteer placement requirements changed to meet the needs of the membership. Different service hour requirements were established for professional and non-professional members.
In 1987, after several years of growth in membership, the Service League members voted to affiliate with the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI), an organization devoted to effecting action through volunteerism. The Junior League of Douglas County admitted 101 women in membership in January 1988, while working to gather the information on themselves and their community that was required by AJLI. Finally, after several visits and an enormous amount of work, the process of affiliation was completed in 1990.
Over the past 42 years, the Service League of Douglas County and later the Junior League of Douglas County have been committed to such community projects as Board of Education Tutoring, United Way Advisory, Treasure Chests, Camp O’Kee Doh Kee, Special Olympics, Story Time at Douglas County Library, Red Cross, League of Women Voters, Emergency Room at Douglas General, Charlee House, Garden Terrace, Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Mile, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes Walk-a-thon, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Share House, Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), Teen Parenthood Support Group, Library Enrichment, Cultural Arts Center, Sheltering Arms Day Care, Escape, Domestic Crisis Hotline, Parents Anonymous, JLDC Partners Program, Breakfast with Santa and Reading Buddies at Head Start, Annual Gift of Food, Love for Learning, Guardian Angel, Parent Talk/Children’s Chat, Book Brigade, Old Courthouse Museum, Gift of Live, Kids in the Kitchen in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, and the Douglas County Senior Center.
The League’s most ambitious project to date has been the building of the Children’s Playgarden at the Clinton Nature Preserve in Douglas County. The Children’s Playgarden is the first truly wheelchair accessible playground in our county and the first completed Boundless Playgrounds project in Georgia. It is a fun, safe and challenging play area for children of all abilities. Special features include the Pratt & Whitney Airplane play structure, Soundplay outdoor musical instruments, a sandplay house, special area for toddlers and a tot cycle path. There is a picnic shelter and plenty of seating to enjoy the raised garden beds. Significant donors to the park include Pratt & Whitney, the State of Georgia, John Bleakley Ford and the Knights of Columbus. The Junior League of Douglas County thanks every member of our community who gave their time and money to make this dream come true.
The culmination of community service work and countless hours of volunteer time have improved the quality of life in the Douglas County community, not only for League members, but also for ALL residents.