Presidentʼs Message

Welcome to our website. I’m glad you stopped by to find out more about the Junior League of Lansing. We are an organization of extraordinary women leaders, with a long history of dedication to building better communities.

Our Commitment to the Greater Lansing Community

In 1948, a group of women who started out in 1931 as the Junior Service League, joined the Association of Junior Leagues International, www.ajli.org. These women understood that they could increase their impact in the Lansing community by joining forces with women from around the world. Today, 155,000 women in 293 communities from four different countries are making a difference in their communities as Junior League members.  

With our focus on essential needs, the JLL has transformed our community by supporting more than 100 organizations with donations of volunteer hours and funding. We are proud to say that the JLL played an integral role in bringing the American Red Cross and the Sight Conversation Program (which was later adopted by the Lions Club) to Lansing in the 1940s. In the 1970s, the JLL was one of the first organizations to pledge money for the Impression 5 Science Museum. The JLL started to extend our interest into public policy areas. In the 1990s, JLL led the charge in bringing Ele’s Place, Ballentine Stepping Stones and Otto Health Clinic to our community. 

Small Projects Make Big Differences

We also recognize that smaller projects can add up to make a big difference. At each of our monthly general membership meetings, members bring an item to donate to another nonprofit organization. These efforts translate into such things as dozens of warm winter coats, hundreds of toothbrushes and thousands of diapers for Lansing area children. JLL members also volunteer their time for “Done in a Day” activities, which include building houses for Habitat for Humanity, stuffing 700+ backpacks for Lansing students through St. Vincent’s Home, buying gifts for more than 400 foster children in the Lansing area, and feeding the hungry through food drives and soup kitchens.

Developing the Potential of our Members

We are proud to say that our members are not only leaders in the nonprofit sector, but are also making a difference in the professional and business realm. Junior League members are attorneys, elected officials, business owners, presidents of companies, realtors, mothers and professional volunteers. The training our members receive while participating in JLL activities is a vital part of preparing these women to be leaders of distinction in our community.

I invite you to help carry on the tradition and mission of the Junior League of Lansing by becoming a member or partnering with us as a Community Partner. Together we will build a better Lansing community, one project at a time.