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 Barb Cadiz, The League's 2023-2024 acting President, her vision and goals.

As we begin 2023-2024, I will challenge our board and leadership to help each member uncover what your passion and goal is for your individual contribution and the community we serve. Together, we will strive to cultivate positive influence through empathy, partnership and recognizing the utmost needs of the women and children within our community.

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.


Clothe our Communithy

1 in 5 children in Polk County lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. Through our Clothe Our Community initiative, JLGL partners with local nonprofits and Polk County Public Schools to make sure our community has greater access to clothing security.

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.


2023 Lakeland Christmas Parade

Thu, Dec 7, 7:00 PM
  The 2023 Lakeland Christmas Parade will be held on December 7, 2023. 2023 Christmas Parade Application - Deadline is September 30, 2023 Christmas Parade Rules & Regulations Waiver of…

Black Diamond Ball

Sat, Jan 6, 6:00 PM Lakeland Country Club
The fourth annual Black Diamond Ball will be held on Saturday January 6, 2024 and will include an unforgettable evening of jaw-dropping aerial entertainers, dinner and fireworks as we raise…

League Updates

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

What an absolute honor it is for me to serve as the League’s President! I have some big and beautiful shoes to fill considering the many amazing and accomplished women that have come before me. Some of the strongest and most passionate women I know have served the Junior League of Greater Lakeland as President, […]

Junior League of Greater Lakeland and the City of Lakeland are thrilled to announce the 2023 Lakeland Christmas Parade, Christmas In Candy Land will be held Thursday, December 7, 2023, in downtown Lakeland. More details and applications will be announced soon. Questions? Please email ChristmasParade@jlgl.org.  

During a special meeting of the General Membership on Thursday, May 25, 2023, via Zoom, the Active Membership of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland approved the below slate. President-Elect: Katherine Fitzwater Nominating Chair: Courtenay Fulmer

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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