History

1924: A group of 24 young women initiated an organization of volunteers in Santa Barbara. The JLSB was founded shortly thereafter and was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues. The Sunshine Cottage was a school organized for the prevention of tuberculosis in children. The purpose was to prevent undernourished children and tuberculosis. The Sunshine Cottage later became Juvenile Hall. The JLSB was incorporated on January 2, 1925 (the first general meeting was held on November 24, 1924) with 50 members.


1925: Following Santa Barbara's devastating earthquake, the JLSB created a motor corps to serve the relief agencies in town.

1930: Despite the Depression, the JLSB paid off the $10,000 mortgage on Sunshine cottage.

1934: The JLSB's first Rummage Sale was held.

1948: The Volunteer Bureau was started in Santa Barbara pioneered by the League. In cooperation with the City, JLSB also started Camp Conestoga a camp for underprivileged children, which received accolades nationally.

1963: The League contributed to the building fund of the Girls’ Club of Santa Barbara and helped to develop the Child’s Estate, a community project that later became the Santa Barbara Zoo.

1975: The JLSB celebrated its 50th anniversary, 85 members strong and successfully completed the FOCUS Education Course, a leadership training program.

1995: The 70th anniversary of JLSB. The League became a partner on the national Silent Witness Project and helped in opening the Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART) Cottage.

2005: The JLSB celebrated its 80th anniversary, 511 members strong and continued to impact our community through volunteer hours, leadership and donations. The League has formed strategic partnerships with many nonprofit agencies including Domestic Violence Solutions, Noah’s Anchorage and Transition House.

2015: The JLSB celebrated its 90th anniversary, with over 450 members.  The League leverages over 11,000 community impact hours yearly, and announced the new focus area of "Improving the lives of at-risk young women by educating & empowering them to reach their full potential while working to prevent exploitation and injustice in our community."

2017: The JLSB vited in its Signature Project, SAFE House Santa Barbara. The facilitation of the opening of a 6-bed shelter, designed specifically to provide trauma-informed therapy and housing for victims of sex trafficking.

Junior League of Santa Barbara