Since its founding in 1901, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world. We are over 150,000 women strong in 291 Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. Across the world, all Junior Leagues are committed to Promoting voluntarism, Training women leaders, and Improving communities. Shirley Temple Black, Julia Child, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Bush, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Eleanor Roosevelt — along with many other women who have made history — were all Junior League members.
The Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB) was only the second League to be founded in the State of California. Established in 1924, it is now nearly 500 members strong across the Central Coast. The JLSB is an Unstoppable group of committed volunteers; women who work together to become trained volunteers and create positive change in our community.
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Through both training programs and hands-on opportunities, our members learn how to effectively volunteer, develop partnerships, communicate, fundraise, network, and serve on boards. In short, we equip women to lead in all areas of their lives. We also improve our community. The JLSB has made a powerful impact in many ways, and we are excited to continue meeting the needs of our community. Throughout our rich history we have taken up some of the most pressing needs, ranging from issues of education, awareness, health, family, child and social services.
During the 2018-2019 JLSB year, we will celebrate our League’s 95th year of service to the community and continue work within our 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.”
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and we need your help to fulfill our mission. By making a contribution of your time or your resources, your partnership with our organization and our members is solidified. In addition to welcoming you to volunteer with us, we appreciate donations, corporate sponsorships, and gifts-in-kind.
Deciding to join the Junior League will be one of the best choices you ever make. Since joining in 2009, I have been rewarded time and again with growth as both a professional and an individual, by finding purpose in helping build a stronger Santa Barbara, and in lasting friendships with smart, accomplished, and inspiring women. If you are looking to develop or improve your leadership skills, make a positive impact on your community, and connect with remarkable, like-minded women while making strides toward personal empowerment, the Junior League of Santa Barbara is for you!
Be Unstoppable with the JLSB!
I invite you to join me and the 500 other Junior League of Santa Barbara members and sustainers as a needed advocate for our mission, a valued sponsor of our programs, or an essential member of our organization.
With warmest regards,
Kielle Horton, President