A Message from the Community VP

The Junior League of Jackson’s commitment to our community has been unyielding for over eighty years.  By focusing on building partnerships with community organizations and working to develop shared solutions, our projects have helped provide better health, education, welfare, and safety for children and youth.

To ensure our volunteers’ service has a maximum and measurable impact, the League uses an issue-based community impact model for the selection of its projects. This model requires the League to identify a small number of critical needs in the community. Volunteers are then matched with projects in these areas, enabling our members to serve where they can make the greatest impact. The League currently focuses its work in three key areas: early literacy, children’s health, and the social development of children and youth, with the ultimate goal of improving the high school graduation rate in our community.

Our membership works year-round with our community partners on these issue-based projects throughout the Jackson metro area. Each year, our nearly 2,300 members provide more than 55,000 hours of volunteer work, giving their time and talents to help build a stronger community. Whether it is working one-on-one with students to sharpen reading skills or providing backpacks of nutritious food to students heading home for the weekend, our volunteers are dedicated to serving the community in meaningful ways. For more information about our community projects, click here.

Although many of the League’s projects focus on making a difference in the lives of individual children and youth, the League’s work has also resulted in projects that benefit the community as a whole. Our League led the charge to create the children’s cancer clinic at Mississippi’s only children’s hospital, as well as Mississippi’s only children’s museum. The League continues to support these signature projects as a way to impact the lives of all children in the Jackson community and beyond.

We are proud to say that the JLJ was able to discover innovative ways to meet community partner needs during the uncertainty of the last eighteen months and did not stop working. We got creative, went virtual, made activity boxes, provided meals, and learned just how flexible we could be. Unfortunately, the pandemic exacerbated many of the needs in our community, and as we navigate this new year and new normal, we realize just how much our work means, and we are ready to serve!

Under the Community section of our website, you will find information about our community project application process for the 2022-23 League year, as well as information about how your 501(c)(3) organization can apply for financial support through one of our community funds.

Thank you to our community partners, supporters, and members, for your work in deepening our impact in the community.

Best regards,

Virginia Hollingsworth
2021-2022 Community Vice President