The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club
Thanks in large part to the fundraising efforts of the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club, money is no longer an obstacle for local women in need of a mammogram. The Junior’s recent $17,500 donation to the Conejo Free Clinic directly supports the Free Mammogram Fund, which allows women in the Conejo Valley to receive a free mammogram if they can’t afford to have one.
“To have the Junior’s gift be $2,500 more than we requested was such a thrill. Our mammogram outreach over the coming year will reach even greater heights because of the Juniors,” says Susan Murphy of the Conejo Free Clinic. “This year I know that the total number of mammograms sponsored by the Westlake Juniors will surpass 1,000 for the first time—an astonishing achievement!”
With more than 70 active members and hundreds of alumni, the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club has been serving the needs of the Conejo Valley for over 45 years, disbursing more than half a million dollars to deserving local charities. Many Mansions Homework Tutoring Program, the Conejo Free Clinic Mammogram Fund, the Cancer Support Center Kids Circle Program, Lutheran Social Services, Temple Adat and the Triunfo YMCA are just a few of the many charities supported by the Juniors.
In addition to providing financial support to local charities, the Club also provides volunteer services by hosting events, including the annual Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura and Beyond Food Drive (which serves over 200 local needy families), Meals on Wheels and Feed the Hungry.
On a Mission
Founded in 1968 by women dedicated to improving the lives of others through volunteer service, the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club comprises daughters, mothers and sisters united by their desire to be deeply involved in their community, ignite motivation and inspire change. Their mission is to “unite women within the Conejo Valley area in friendship, to promote education, civic and philanthropic work; emphasizing local charities, and to provide opportunities for leadership development and personal growth for the benefit of both our members and our community.”
“Being a part of a women’s organization like Westlake Junior’s means that not only do we get to support deserving charities in our own backyard, but we get to do so side-by-side with other women with the drive to make a positive impact,” says the Junior’s President Elizabeth Quon.
“Westlake Junior Women’s Club has given me an opportunity to serve the people of the community that I love. It has allowed me to see, hands on, the changes that we as a group are making in the lives of others. Contribution, of some sort, from community members is what is needed to have a thriving, loving and supportive community. That’s the honor and privilege we as Juniors have in doing our part,” notes Cindi Cockrill, past disbursement chair.
Encouraging each member to “discover your purpose and unfold what being a Junior means,” the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club focuses on giving back to the community as well as each other.
“The women in Westlake Juniors inspire us every day with their commitment and compassion. We hope to continue to inspire this impressive volunteer organization and look forward to working with everyone to achieve another year of great accomplishments,” says the organization on its website.
Membership is open to all women from the greater Conejo Valley area. To learn more about getting involved with the nonprofit Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club, affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, visit them at WestlakeJuniors.org.