Signature Projects

Children’s Cancer Center at Children’s of Mississippi

In 1986, the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ) initiated a $2 million fundraising campaign to build the Children’s Cancer Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This initiative was the League’s first signature project, and in 1989, we reached our fundraising goal, and groundbreaking ceremonies took place for the 20,450-square-foot facility adjoining the Children’s Hospital. The clinic was completed and dedicated on May 15, 1991. More than three decades later, JLJ volunteers continue to spend time with pediatric cancer patients and their families through JLJ’s R.E.A.CH. (Recreation, Enrichment, and Activity for Children’s Health) program.

Mississippi Children’s Museum

In 2003, the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) became JLJ’s second signature project with its $1 million financial commitment and a dedicated 70-person committee of League volunteers to see the project to completion. Thanks to JLJ’s perseverance, impetus, direction, fundraising help, and volunteers, the museum opened its doors in December 2010. The MCM is a first-class facility built to provide a unique and exciting educational experience that ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children.

Community Initiatives

The Junior League of Jackson works to meet critical needs in the local community. As an organization founded in service and creating the most potential for community impact, JLJ sponsors the following initiatives that provide members with additional ways to support their community:

Day of Service
(Various Community Partners)

Coinciding with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January, the League’s annual Day of Service consists of a series of half-day projects across the city of Jackson. These impactful projects strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and inspire shared solutions.

Junior League Gives
(Various Community Partners)

Throughout the year, League volunteers collaborate with community partners to host targeted collection drives, such as needed items for foster children, coats for those seeking warmth in the winter, and new uniform pants for Jackson Public School students.