How the Junior League Can Help

The Junior League of Raleigh (JLR) is here to help your organization!

Need rental space at reasonable rates for your next board retreat?

JLR’s headquarters, the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership, offers affordable training, meeting and event space to nonprofits, businesses and individuals. To schedule a tour, call 919-787-7480, ext. 1061 or email

View rates or make reservations.

Running an event and need a few extra hands?

Please contact Team Quick Impact to request assistance. Quick Impact is a group of Junior League of Raleigh volunteers that help our fellow community agencies complete short-term projects or specific events.  For more information, please email

Interested in applying for a grant from the JLR?

Since the inception of the Junior League of Raleigh’s Legacy Fund in 2004, the League has recognized nonprofit agencies with more than $220,000, funded through proceeds of our annual A Shopping SPREE! event.  A current or sustaining member of the League must nominate the organization in an email to the Community Funding team. The organization must have 501(c)(3) status and provide services/work within Wake County. The organization must be involved in activities consistent with the JLR mission and focus area(s), and have significant involvement of the JLR and/or JLR member(s). For more information, please email

Interested in hosting the Community Action Poverty Simulation?

The Community Action Poverty Simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others. Poverty is often portrayed as a stand alone issue – but this simulation allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are.

• A single parent with limited resources and no transportation must find a way to get to work and get their child
to daycare.
• An elderly person must find a way to pay for both utilities and medication.
• A young adult must care for siblings while their parent is incarcerated.
• An elderly couple must raise their grandchildren and deal with their own health and employment issues.

During the simulation, participants are assigned roles as members of a low-income family or as a provider of a community resource (teacher, employer, etc.). To start the exercise, each family is given a card explaining its unique circumstances and a small amount of money. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the 4 15-minute “weeks” in the simulation while interacting with various community resources around the perimeter of the room. After the experience, individuals then have the opportunity to discuss what they’ve learned with their peers.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation is a tool that helps participants rethink the challenges that millions of low income individuals must face each and every day. More importantly, this tool helps people identify areas of change that can directly impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families and communities.

In order to host the Poverty Simulation, your organization will need:
● A space large enough to host the event (3,000 feet is typical).
● 13-15 tables set up around the perimeter of the room.
● 70-150 chairs (total depends on number of participants) set up throughout the room.
● A registration process/some way to know how many people will be participating.
● 3 hours set aside for simulation in order to have an orientation for people in provider roles, a brief orientation for all participants, 4 15-minute weeks of the simulation, and a debriefing period at the end.
You will need a minimum of 45 participants.

Nonprofit/faith community rate: $500 fee for the simulation for up to 65 participants; $600 fee for 65-100 participants.
Corporate rate: $1000 fee for the simulation for up to 65 participants; $600 fee for 65-100 participants.

As facilitators, we will:
● Bring the simulation kit and all materials needed.
● Make role assignments/plan family scenarios. During the registration process, it’s helpful to find out who has done the simulation before or anyone that has mobility issues so that we can assign appropriate roles.
● Provide language describing the simulation for you to send to potential participants.
● Provide a room set-up plan.
● Provide 1-2 facilitators to run all aspects of the simulation.

For more information or to book the Poverty Simulation, please contact Marisa Bryant (

Want to publicize an upcoming event for your organization?

Any JLR member may submit information about an upcoming community event to run in our League’s eLink newsletter. For more information, or to submit an event, please email