Women Building Better Communities

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

Welcome to The Junior League of
Greater Lakeland®

We are an organization 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 Junior League is exclusively educational and charitable.

A Message From Our President

Hear from Maggie Briggs, The League's 2022-2023 acting President, on her vision, mission and goals.

The League has a long history of fulfilling our mission – to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This year, the league will focus on empowerment, with our members and the community, in an effort to positively impact the heads, hearts, and homes, of the children of Polk county.

Community Impact

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland invests thousands of volunteer hours in community projects and programs that align to our Mission and further the League’s impact in our community. Learn about how the Junior League directly impacts our community. Our outreach programs are designed to provide maximum benefit to our communities through our League volunteers, community partnerships and direct financial support.

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is a national book distribution program that is exclusively funded by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland. This program continues to distribute books to children with the greatest need in schools in the Lakeland area.

World of Reading

The World of Reading event is one of the League’s signature programs that focus on school readiness and family literacy. It’s hosted annually in April at Barnett Family Park and is a free public event featuring authors signing their books, crafts, and lots of family-friendly activities.


Ready To Read

Ready to Read is a JLGL initiative designed to support the literacy-related needs of one school in the community each year. This school is selected based on the academic performance and economic needs of the majority of the school’s students and the school’s improvement plan.


Upcoming Events

See what events are coming soon, all hosted by The Junior League of Greater Lakeland.

General Membership Meetings

On the first Tuesday of each month, The Junior League of Greater Lakeland hosts a General Membership Meeting to update our members on community activities, League announcements, and our community impact. These meetings are held at our Headquarters, The Junior League Building on Lake Morton.


Black Diamond Ball 2023

Sat, Mar 4, 6:00 PM Bonnet Springs Park
The third annual Black Diamond Ball will be held on March 4, 2023 and will include an unforgettable evening of jazz, custom cocktails, casino games, and entertainment as we raise…

World of Reading 2023

Sat, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Barnett Family Park 730 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801
The Junior League will be hosting its annual World of Reading Festival in Barnett Family Park on Saturday, April 15th, 2023,  9:00 AM-1:00 PM. This free event is open to…

League Updates

Here's what's happening with The Junior League of Greater Lakeland.

Remembering Past President and Sustainer Emeritus Patricia Cosby Blalock… On September 16, 2022, members of the Junior League heard the sad news of the death of Past President and Sustainer Emeritus Patricia Cosby Blalock (83).  Born in Kentucky on May 10, 1939, Pat grew up in Danville and graduated from high school there where she cheered […]

The JLGL is the proud recipient of the GiveWell Community Foundation(GWCF) through the Impact Polk 2022 grant cycle for our annual Clothe the Community initiative! Through our Clothe Our Community initiative, Junior League of Greater Lakeland partners with local nonprofits and other organizations to make sure our neighbors have greater access to clothing security. We […]

JLGL 2022 Award Winners

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland held its annual Spring Banquet at the Lakeland Club on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Over 100 provisional, active and sustaining members were in attendance for the event celebrating all the Junior League of Greater Lakeland accomplished this year. Highlights included: The Junior League of Greater Lakeland thanks outgoing President, […]

Support The League

Donating to The Junior League of Greater Lakeland directly supports funding our mission. There are a variety of ways you can give back to help us make an impact in the communities we serve.



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