The Junior League of Omaha is nearing 100 years of service to the Omaha community. In honor of that amazing feat, we caught up with current League President Megan Riebe Reay to learn more about “women building better communities”.
Tell us a little bit about your organization.
Since 1919, the Junior League of Omaha has trained volunteers, provided civic leadership, raised funds and developed programs and services to help make Omaha great. Throughout our League’s 99 years of service, our membership has donated more than $2 million and more than 1.4 million volunteer hours to causes in our community.
What’s the most exciting thing happening right now with your organization?
The most exciting thing happening with JLO is our Community Impact Transformation Rollout, where we are examining the needs of the Omaha community and determining how our members want to respond. The best part of this is that it requires us to focus on all aspects of the League – our fundraising events, our membership trainings, our projects and programs – and ensure that they all tie into our mission, our strategic plan, and the needs of the community. It’s very exciting to see all pieces of the League working together as one unit to help Omaha community.
How can supporters get involved with your organization?
Supporters can get involved in many ways! Obviously, we welcome them to join the Junior League of Omaha! We have a new member class each year that kicks off in June, and anyone who is interested can email: firstname.lastname@example.org. New members needs to register before the end of May! Supporters can also volunteer at many of our events, attend our events, and donate. You can check out our website for a list of all of our programs and events: www.jlomaha.org.
Why should people consider TAGGing for you? How does your organization promote/use TAGG?
People should TAGG for JLO so we are able to continue training our members to become community leaders, and support our focus areas: Disenfranchised Youth (youth ages 16-24 who are disconnected from structure within their lives), Hunger and Access to Healthy Foods, and Abuse in Women and Children. We train our members to TAGG in their everyday lives, have committees set meetings at TAGG participating spots, and include TAGG in every weekly League email!