This year, your Junior League of Greater Lakeland has been hard at work re-engaging with our members, our stakeholders, and our community. Here are but a sampling of those successes since June:
Over 4,500 items of clothing, home goods, and toiletries were donated to 5 specifically selected, local non-profits during Closet Cleanout.
The 40th Annual LakelandChristmas Parade was back and better than ever, spreading joy to tens of thousands of Polk county residents.
Over 3,850 books have been distributed to children in our community during Snowfest (750), Reading is Fundamental (2,428), a Mobile Library donation to Called to Serve Farmworkers (468), and through a partnership with Polk County Public Schools (227).
The first two Leadership Development Nights were presented to the Active and Provisional membership. Members who attend at least 2 of the 3 evening trainings will receive a Leadership Development Certificate.
Light up Lakeland, held on December 19, raised funds to support our literacy initiatives and bring awareness to a critical need in our community.
The Sustaining Council, led by Sustaining VP, Alice O’Reilly, collected over $5,000 worth of personal hygiene items for their Bee the Difference campaign.
Fun and fellowship were had at our Welcome Back Bash (September), State of the League (October, Sustainers only), Fall Luncheon (November), GMMs, Provisional events, and more!
In September, the Junior League of Greater Lakeland was presented with the ATHENA International Organizational Leadership Award.
The league’s first Backpack Initiative fundraiser, in support of Black Diamond Ball (January 1, 2022), has already raised enough money to fill over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Almost 50 ladies are enjoying a wonderfully designed Provisional year.
Thank you, for all you do to help our League make a difference in the lives of so many!
With gratitude, Lauren Albaum
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