Junior League of Cincinnati Begins Search for New Community Partner

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The Junior League of Cincinnati (JLC) is now in the beginning stages of their request for proposal (RFP) process to identify the League’s next community partner. The JLC plans to partner with an existing 501(c)(3) organization that has an idea or need for a new initiative or additional aspect of an existing program for the JLC to support and champion. The JLC will provide trained volunteers and seed funding for a period of three to five years to a local organization and project aligned to the JLC mission. The JLC has a long history of creating and partnering with non-profit organizations in the Cincinnati area to address community needs. Some past incubated signature projects include Fernside, GrinUp, MindPeace, and RefugeeConnect. Their most recent acceleration partnerships include Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and their current partner, Family Nurturing Center, which has entered into its final year of partnership.

Over the past several months, the JLC met with local non-profit and business leaders to see where they could best impact the community by conducting a thorough needs assessment to identify and prioritize critical local issues. From that assessment, the JLC has determined that the greatest needs are Affordable Housing, Mental Health, and Job & Life Skills Training. Organizations are invited to submit an application to partner with the JLC as its community partner over the next 3-5 years. The project must align to key focus areas identified as needs in the Cincinnati community. Submissions are reviewed by the JLC’s Program Development Committee and the finalists will be put to a vote before the membership in April 2024.

Phase 1 applications open on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 are due on Friday, November 10, 2023. Details about the application process, key dates and what you can expect from a JLC partnership are available at jlcincinnati.org/community/programs/requestforproposals.

The JLC is committed to improving our community by stimulating change and empowering people through the direct efforts of trained volunteers. Partnerships with the community strengthen their ability to make an impact in the lives of those they serve, and they commit financial and volunteer resources to community projects that further their focus area, Strengthening Women and Children’s Environments. In addition to their Community Partnership, the JLC provides high-impact volunteer support for several community organizations, including Saturday Hoops. Mentoring Plus. Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, Bethany House, Our Daily Bread, and Survivor Cards. The JLC offers 40+ CandO volunteering hours a month for our members and direct services opportunities averaging more than 650 volunteer hours each year.



The Junior League of Cincinnati is a Member of The Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women whose shared mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. Established in 1920, the Junior League of Cincinnati plays an integral part in the communities of Greater Cincinnati. By empowering women and providing valuable leadership training, we are giving local women the tools to get involved, put their talents to work, and positively impact the communities of the Greater Cincinnati region. For more information on the Junior League of Cincinnati or becoming a Junior League member, please visit  www.jlcincinnati.org.