What is Junior League?
Our Mission statement best describes what Junior League is: Junior League of Lafayette 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.
What does Junior League of Lafayette do to serve the community?In 2015-2016, Junior League of Lafayette contributed over 25,000 volunteer hours valued at more than $355,000 to support community agencies and programs throughout the Lafayette community. Junior League is partnered with many local nonprofits, working within their programs to help better our community. In addition, JLL offers direct assistance in the form of resource and enrichment grants awarded to nonprofit agencies. As part of its Mission, Junior League also trains its volunteers to assume leadership positions once they are no longer active members of the League. Many League members sit as outside board representatives on the boards of nonprofit agencies throughout the city.
How does Junior League determine which agencies/projects it will support?
Junior League of Lafayette takes volunteer requests. Our Community Research Committee will research and review each request to determine whether the request represents a critical need in the community and whether the volunteer service requested will meet the needs of Junior League's volunteers. The Community Research Committee then prioritizes the requests based upon a determination of the interest of the general membership, and presents the approved requests for final approval.
How can my agency request volunteers and/or funding?
Any interested agency should submit an application to Junior League of Lafayette to be considered for volunteers and funding for their projects. Contact the Community Vice President with any further questions.
How does Junior League raise money?
Junior League of Lafayette has three fundraisers. Our annual Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market is a fun and exciting event where retailers from around the country gather in Lafayette for a three-day shopping event at the Cajundome Convention Center. The market is open to the public and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 337-988-2739 or at the door. The Junior League has four award winning cookbooks: Talk About Good!, Talk About Good II, Tell Me More and Something to Talk About. Cookbooks can be purchased here by calling 1-800-757-3651. The most recent fundraising event is Kitchen Tour which is a self-guided tour of kitchens and outdoor entertaining spaces in the Lafayette area. We have proudly presented this last event for two years.
Why does Junior League raise money?
The money raised by Junior League of Lafayette is largely given back to the community in support of community programming and through grants awarded to nonprofit agencies. In addition to funding, hundreds of trained volunteers contribute to community efforts both in the area of child health and development, as well as other areas of need.
How can I become a member of Junior League of Lafayette?
Junior League of Lafayette conducts a Prospective Member Meeting in the winter of each year. Membership in Junior League is open to all women who are 23 years of age who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins. Learn more.>>
I am a member in good standing of another Junior League. How do I transfer my League membership when I move to Lafayette?
Contact the Secretary of the League you are transferring from, and she will initiate and assist you with the transfer process.
I used to be a member of the Lafayette League, but resigned in good standing. How do I reinstate my membership?
Contact the Secretary or League Headquarters with your desire to reinstate your membership in Junior League of Lafayette and enclose current year's dues plus a reinstatement fee.