Junior League of Sacramento


The Junior League of Sacramento, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our current focus is Empowering Girls in grades 3-8 to have positive body image and healthy communication skills.

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Address: 778 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Heidi Pyle
Contact Email: officemanager@jlsac.org
Primary Phone: 916-921-1096
Fax: 916-921-1261
Website: http://www.JLSac.org
The Junior League of Sacramento came into existence through the efforts of a group of women working together to better the community in which they lived. Founded in 1942, the JLS is an outgrowth of the former Charity League whose work was primarily directed towards young girls. As the Charity League, the organization proved itself to the community by taking part in raising funds for the Fairhaven Home for Unwed Mothers and for a children's ward at the Sacramento County Hospital. In 1938, the Charity League created the Sacramento Community Welfare Council and later, a volunteer bureau sponsored by the council. Since its evolution from the Charity League, the community areas of concentration for the JLS have grown to include health, education, welfare, youth services, civic and cultural activities and appropriate political advocacy necessary to accomplish its goals. The Junior League of Sacramento has originated and/or assisted nearly 100 local agencies including Sacramento Children's Receiving Home, Fairytale Town, Crisis Nursery, Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Powerhouse Science Museum, and The Sacramento Children's Museum. The many projects and activities the league has been involved with during its 75-year history indicate the depth of commitment the JLS has demonstrated to the Sacramento community.
Our needs are related to further developing our new community impact focus, empowering girls to be confident leaders through programming centered on self-esteem, character development, and educational achievement. One major way we are doing this is through the G.E.T. Loud: Girls Empowered Together event, launched in October 2017. G.E.T. Loud is a free event, hosted in partnership with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, for 6th-8th grade girls with programming centered on STEM, self-esteem, health & activity, and community engagement. We featured partners such as Intel's robotics lab, the Sacramento Kings' basketball clinic, and City Councilmember Angelique Ashby's presentation on civic leadership. The 2018 event included a robotics lab, coding workshop, internet safety seminar, community engagement seminar by City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, basketball clinic by the Sacramento Kings, and an entrepreneurship discussion with a 13-year-old female business owner. We look forward to continuing and expanding this event in our 2019-2020 year and beyond. Our Done in a Day projects are scheduled throughout the year to fulfill a specific need in the community, such as teaching nutrition classes in a community garden, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving, posting positive quotes in elementary school girls' bathrooms, writing thank you letters to first responders across the country, and giving supply donations to organizations whose missions support our community's children. At the heart of everything we do is the desire to develop civic and community leaders who can make a great impact on the Sacramento region and beyond. We offer leadership training opportunities for our members to continually seek professional and personal development in this area. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - We're raising $10,000 to fully fund and expand our G.E.T. Loud: Girls Empowered Together event, inviting one hundred middle school girls (and their parents) to a free event with programming focusing on STEM, self-esteem, health & activity, and civic engagement. G.E.T. Loud will feature seminars and workshops that empower girls, with tracks focused on Head, Heart, Hand, and Imagination. We plan to continue expanding this event, allowing us to invite even more girls and parents to attend! 2. Funding: Program - Our Done in a Day projects are scheduled throughout the year to fulfill a specific need in the community, such as teaching nutrition classes in a community garden, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving, posting positive quotes in elementary school girls' bathrooms, writing thank you letters to first responders across the country, and giving supply donations to organizations whose missions support our community's children. We estimate $3,000 for our 2018-2019 Done in a Day projects. 3. Funding: Program - Our Done in a Day projects are scheduled throughout the year to fulfill a specific need in the community, such as teaching nutrition classes in a community garden, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving, posting positive quotes in elementary school girls' bathrooms, writing thank you letters to first responders across the country, and giving supply donations to organizations whose missions support our community's children. We estimate $3,000 for our 2019-2020 Done in a Day projects. 4. Funding: Program - At the heart of everything we do is the desire to develop civic and community leaders who can make a great impact on the Sacramento region and beyond. We offer leadership training opportunities for our members to continually seek professional and personal development in this area: $6,000. 5. Funding: Unrestricted - Unrestricted funding is the heartbeat of the Junior League of Sacramento, providing critical resources and support to every aspect of what we do. Thank you for making a difference with an unrestricted gift!
Junior League of Sacramento is thrilled to continue developing women leaders and trained volunteers to meet the needs of our community. For more than 75 years, we have made measurable impact in areas such as nutrition, literacy, resource accessibility and more. Our members are unstoppable women, genuinely committed to making a positive difference through collective action. By providing high caliber training, strong partner relationships and volunteer service hours, our members can continue to grow in their aspirations of civic and community leadership. We're currently working hard in our focus area of Empowering Girls, striving to offset the rate at which young girls struggle with self-esteem and leveraging our unique expertise to address this critical issue. Please consider making a donation and joining us as we endeavor to strengthen the local community, develop today's women leaders and empower the women leaders of tomorrow. Thank you!

-- Heidi Pyle, 2018-2020 President, Board of Directors