For many the mention of the Junior League conjures images of high society ladies enjoying afternoon tea in their white gloves and fancy hats. The truth is, today’s Junior League is a comprised of a diverse group of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The purpose of the Junior League is exclusively education and charitable. If you are looking to develop your leadership skills, do good, make friends while making a difference, be inspired, change you community and the world, the Junior League is looking for you!
Founded in New York City in 1901, the Junior League has grown to include 291 leagues and over 140,000 members throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and the U.K. The Kalamazoo chapter of the Junior League was founded in 1928 as the Service Club of Kalamazoo and transitioned to the Junior League of Kalamazoo in 1980.
Some of the most notable contributions of the Junior league of Kalamazoo include: being one of the ongoing major supporters of Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, establishing the Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan in a collaboration with Bronson and Borgess Hospital in 1985, starting the Cinderella Project to provide free prom dresses to girls in need and collaborating with community organizations to complete to Able-to-Play playground at Upjohn Park.
One of the Junior League’s most notable fundraisers, is the annual Touch-A-Truck event which celebrated eight very successful years this May. The event is a fun experience where the entire family can explore over 65 unique vehicles including police cars, fire trucks and construction equipment (just to name a few). In addition to the vehicles the event has music, characters, a fun zone, arts, crafts and food trucks.
Right now the biggest need of this incredible organization is women, just like you, to join the League’s mission of voluntarism and community improvement. If you are a woman, at least 21 years old and are interested in learning more about the Junior League of Kalamazoo, visit their website jlkamazoo.org or visit their upcoming Garden Party which will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at The Hospital Hospitality House located on the Borges Hospital Campus at 1800 Henson Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048.
Heather Dombos is a Florida girl who brings a little sass & southern charm to everything she does. This wife, dog mom, and closet Trekkie loves reading, hiking, long days on the beach and exploring Michigan.