What is the purpose and vision of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland?

For over 85 years, the Junior League of Greater Lakeland (JLGL) has advocated for the betterment of our community through our youth literacy outreach programs and community partnerships.

Every year, our members are offered opportunities to learn, grow and lead. Through the League, we cultivate a love of service and a giving spirit. We boast public officials, teachers of the year, Polk Emerging Leaders, business owners and more. Because of the League, the community receives trained leaders who are poised to contribute and make a difference.

The League’s effort, vision and fortitude can be credited with many of our community’s finest gifts. From the Polk Museum of Art and the Polk Theatre to Achievement Academy and the Learning Resource Center, the Junior League has played a significant role in founding and/or contributing to organizations that continue to make a lasting impression on our community.

With youth literacy as our focus, we have distributed more than one million books to local elementary school students. In the coming years, the League’s goal is to shift its focus to include children and women’s wellness. To make this change in programming and community outreach, we need your help.

Programming Supported by the Junior League includes:

  • In collaboration with the City of Lakeland, host the annual Lakeland Christmas Parade.
  • Grants and volunteers provided to local non-profits focused on children & family wellness through our Community Impact Program.
  • Yearly free World of Reading Festival with more than 1,500 families in attendance.
  • Approximately 10,000 books per year distributed to low income children through our Reading is Fundamental Program.
  • Ready to Read family night programming offered in collaboration with a Title One school focused on encouraging school readiness and family literacy.
  • Community Research and Project Development committee members work with community leaders to identify needs in Lakeland and align Junior League resources to address them.
  • With wellness as the focus area the Junior League is currently developing new programming to address children and women wellness.

Partner Levels:

By becoming a Junior League of Greater Lakeland Partner you are investing in our community. This helps our League continue making an impact and giving back to our community through leadership development, training and programs.



The League is happy to explore additional opportunities.

Thank you for your consideration to become a valued partner of the League. We look forward to working with you! If you are interested in exploring a partnership opportunity, please contact fundingdirector@jlgl.org.

Download our Sponsorship Packet here. 

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