We Are The Junior League
The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901.
True to their legacy, today’s League members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our society.
Our commitment, has remained unwavering: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think.
Junior League of Springfield
JLS members pride themselves on a 75-year history of volunteer training and community service. In the Springfield community, members have helped families in more than 150 programs through hands-on volunteer work, fundraising, and community grants. We also helped found vital social service organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and the Parent Help Line at St. John’s Hospital.
JLS members enjoy a variety of social, educational, and leadership opportunities while working together to improve the community. Experienced League members also donate time serving on boards of directors for various local agencies, including the Ronald McDonald House, Springfield Children’s Museum, Leadership Springfield and more. Such service helps us to use our League leadership training, develops our potential as women, and keeps us informed about the needs of our community.