Our Projects

Done in a Day is a series of concentrated projects that provide volunteer mobilization and funding for community-based events on a short-term basis. The committee partners with other non-profit organizations to help execute community projects that have a significant impact in the Tallahassee area.

“Done in a Day” volunteering allows our members to see a variety of community projects with immediate impact. If you have a short-term volunteer need that ties in with the Junior League of Tallahassee’s mission, we may be an excellent match!

 

Guidelines for Done In a Day Projects

Criteria we look for when deciding to partner with an organization include:

  • The JLT’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families. With that in mind, DIAD will focus on partnering with organizations working to provide basic needs for children and families in our community. Past projects include school supply drives, volunteer support for large community projects and holiday events for ill children.

  • Projects cannot involve any type of direct fundraising (selling tickets, obtaining silent auction items, etc.)

  • Projects can, however, include activities related to a special event (registration, set up, event proctoring, etc.) 

  • Volunteer placements are generally scheduled in 3 to 4-hour shifts over a time span of half-a-day or one-day periods.

 

Applications for Partnerships

2016 – 2017 JLT DIAD Application

 

Past Partners

AMWAT/Move for Hunger “Fill-A-Truck” Summer Food Drive

Tallahassee Movies in the Park

Goodwill & The Heart Gallery of North Florida “Back 2 School” Fashion Show

Children’s Home Society of North Florida’s “Wish Upon a Star” Event

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric “Pumpkin Palooza” Fall Party

The Ronald McDonald House Stone Crab Fest

Oak Ridge Elementary Pre-K Museum Event

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s NICU Stocking Project

Pediatria Healthcare Holiday Party

Jazz for Justice Event benefiting Legal Services of North Florida

Gretchen Everhart School Prom

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The Junior League of Tallahassee has partnered with with the Girls on the Run Big Bend (GOTRBB) since the summer of 2014. The mission of GOTRBB is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The JLT assists GOTRBB achieve their mission by volunteering and providing organizational support for their existing events.

Girls on the Run Big Bend (GOTRBB) currently serves 7 schools and over a 100 girls in Leon County. During the first year of this partnership, the JLT assisted this organization by volunteering at several community events including the Turkey Trot, Springtime Tallahassee and other community festivals. The JLT also provided volunteers for GOTRBB existing events including the Practice and Celebratory 5k. Several of the JLT members also participated as Running Buddies, serving as mentors for the with GOTRBB girls by actually running side-by-side during the 5k. At both the fall and spring GOTRBB Celebratory 5k, the JLT provided over 50 volunteers between the GOTR Committee, General Membership and Running Buddies for this important event.

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The end of summer means a back-to-school shopping event with the JLT’s annual Kids’ Boutique. The JLT works directly with guidance counselors at Leon County elementary schools to identify children in need of essential school clothes and shoes. In partnership with Kohl’s, the League purchases back-to-school items for over 100 local children and provides each child with a backpack filled with school supplies, not only giving the children much-needed tangible items, but also a sense of self-esteem and pride to start the school year off right.

The 20th Annual Kids’ Boutique was held August 7, 2016 at the Kohl’s Department Store on Apalachee Parkway.

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For many young women, prom is an important, but costly, part of the high school experience. At its annual Operation Prom Dress, the Junior League of Tallahassee invites area high school students to attend a one day boutique-style shopping event where prom dresses, shoes and accessories are provided at no cost.

Operation Prom Dress began in 2001 as an event for the students of Gretchen Everhart, a school for exceptional students. The event has since grown into a regional project serving hundreds of local teens each year.

Operation Prom Dress would not be a success without support from sponsors and generous donations from the community. Dress, shoe, and accessory donations from the public are accepted year-round.

For more information: [email protected]

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The Junior League of Tallahassee Teen Board offers high school age junior and senior women from all local high schools a foundation of service and leadership.

Each academic year students have the opportunity to apply for membership on the Teen Board. By laying the groundwork for volunteer opportunities within our community these young ladies gain a greater understanding of community involvement, enhancing leadership skills, advocacy, and fundraising. Members of the Teen Board have a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse group of women from many Leon County Schools.

Teens are provided opportunities to volunteer with community partners as well as within the League for events such as the Girls on the Run Celebratory 5k, Whale of a Sale, Operation Prom Dress, and the TMH Pumpkin Palooza. In addition to providing service to the community, the members of the Teen Board benefit from trainings on leadership, self-esteem, living an active lifestyle, professionalism, and more.

2017-2018 Teen Board

The Junior League of Tallahassee is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Teen Board year! Applications are due no later than Friday, April 28, 2017, and should be submitted via email to [email protected]

2017-2018 Teen Board Application

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For nearly 40 years, The Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) has been the proud advocacy arm of the Junior Leagues of Florida. The Junior League of Tallahassee’s SPAC committee, in coordination with the 24 other leagues throughout Florida, monitors legislation and advocates before the Florida Legislature on issues of importance to our members such as human trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile justice, foster care, and education. Each SPAC member sends delegates to attend meetings and conferences throughout the year to research and debate issues that the particular Junior League views as unmet or unaddressed needs in their communities.

What makes our advocacy activities unique? As Junior League members, we are recognized in our communities as non-profit leaders who have knowledge of issues that impact the children and families we serve. We have the opportunity to identify needs we encounter while volunteering and respond by proposing legislation or policy changes to address those needs. We provide a powerful and influential voice for issues and citizens who otherwise don’t have anyone to advocate for them.

Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee 2015 Legislative Priorities

Helpful Links

Florida Legislature Website:  www.leg.state.fl.us
SPAC Website:  www.jlflspac.org
Governor’s Website:  www.flgov.com
Florida Secretary of State Website:  www.dos.state.fl.us

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In the summer of 2015, The Junior League of Tallahassee will be launching a new partnership with the PACE Center for Girls of Leon County. PACE Center for Girls of Leon County provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The girls, ages 11-18 in grades 6-12, present risk factors such as school truancy, academic failure, single or no birth parent at home, exposure to substance abuse, an incarcerated parent, sexual abuse, and physical and/or emotional abuse. The PACE & JLT Club will be a semester long program teaching PACE girls the social life skills essential for scholastic, networking and professional success.

This project will promote confidence, develop leadership and empower children and their families by teaching at-risk girls the importance of good manners in relation to developing social skills. The ability to handle new social situations with poise will increase their confidence and expose the girls to a way of life they can have if they so choose. The girls will recognize that they belong wherever they want to be, and the program will aid PACE’s efforts to help these girls see doors out of violence and poverty that they can open for themselves.

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Junior League of Tallahassee’s (JLT) largest fundraiser since 1974, features gently used merchandise at low prices. All proceeds from the Whale of a Sale go directly back into the community through Junior League projects benefiting children and families in Tallahassee. From Operation Prom Dress – outfitting students from Gretchen Everhart School for Exceptional Students and local, deserving teens with prom attire; Kids Boutique – providing back-to-school clothes and supplies to children in need; just to name a few of the Junior League of Tallahassee projects.

The Whale is not only a fundraiser for the Junior League’s projects, but it also gives community members the opportunity to buy things that they need at affordable prices. Each year, the event attracts approximately 500 people to the Preview Party event Friday evening and approximately 3,000 to the Saturday sale. The success of the Whale of a Sale is directly tied with the support of the Tallahassee community, and the many corporate partners and sponsors who support the mission and activities of the League.

Be sure to like the Whale on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for exciting news and updates!

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Fresh, classic recipes for all of life’s celebrations

In 2017, the JLT will celebrate the 8th anniversary of A Thyme to Celebrate. This beautiful cookbook is the second installment in the JLT cookbook series and contains more than 230 recipes generously shared by local residents, restaurants and notable Tallahasseeans. The award-winning book has been proclaimed the official cookbook of Tallahassee, and represents the diversity of our southern community.

The JLT encourages the Tallahassee community to celebrate life at any “thyme!” with recipes for drinks, appetizers, entrees and delectable desserts. This is the cookbook to help turn all celebratory moments into lasting memories!

Celebrate the Tallahassee community while contributing to the training and organization of volunteers to better the lives of local children and families. Proceeds from the sale of A Thyme to Celebrate are returned to the community through the JLT’s support of community volunteer projects.

A Thyme To Celebrate Quick Facts

  • More than 230 recipes.
  • Full color, inspirational photographs.
  • Official Cookbook of Tallahassee, designated by the Tallahassee City Council.
  • Forword from Art Smith, Renowned Chef, Author, and TV Personality.
  • Celebrates the vibrant Tallahassee community with local trivia and historical tidbits.
  • Celebrity chef and notable Tallahassee recipes, from a Florida Governor’s Mansion Chef, former FSU president Dr. T.K. Wetherell, and Representative Loranne Ausley to name just a few.
  • Expert wine pairing suggestions.
  • Expert nutritional information.
  • “Thyme”-saver and cooking tips.
  • “Lighten Up” tips for healthier ingredient substitutes.
  • From drinks and appetizers to full entrees, sides, and delectable desserts, this cookbook has it all!

A Thyme to Celebrate is the perfect party-planning assistant for all of life’s moments to celebrate. It is the perfect gift for the hostess, the bride, the family, the out-of-town guests, the inlaws, the Food Network-aholic, the Cookbook or Coffee Table Book Collector, the budding and advanced chef, the kitchen experimenter, and the modern, southern woman. To order your copy, contact [email protected] or pay using the PayPal link below.

 

A Thyme to Celebrate Cookbook $20  (plus $1 processing fee per book) 

 

Online Orders may be picked up at the Junior League Headquarters. To schedule pick up, please contact [email protected] or call (850) 224-9161.

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The Junior League of Tallahassee is launching an Annual Fund campaign by asking current members to donate money, above and beyond their membership dues, to build a community of active members, sustainers, and friends who are committed to furthering the Junior League of Tallahassee’s mission by providing consistent financial support to the League.

Learn more about the Annual Fund by visiting Annual Fund FAQ’s.

 

1960 Society – $1000+

Gifts above and beyond $1000 will be considered 1960 Society gifts. Members will receive a commemorative gift, recognition on a plaque to be place in JLT headquarters, a book gifted to a local charity in the donor’s name, a JLT car cling, recognition in 2014-2015 Tallagrams and Stewardship report, and recognition on the JLT website.

Nancy Blum-Heintz
Robin Dunlap
Ashley Edwards
Rosemary Evans
Susan Everhart-McAlister
Tracy Morales
Laura Rogers
Mary Anne Rosen
President’s Excellence Society – $550-$999

Members will receive a book gifted to a local charity in the donor’s name, a JLT car cling, recognition in 2014-2015 Tallagrams and Stewardship report, and recognition on the JLT website.

Molly Bader
Hazel Beazley
Debbie Bergstrom-Breeze
Cassie Brooks
RaSarah Browder
Meghan Brown
Whitney Bryan
Kathy Cashin
Erin Choy
Amanda Clark
Betsy Couch
Kim Cramer
Jennifer Diaz
Rebekah Dorn
Sarah Duncan
Audrey Ehrhardt
Kelly-Ann Fasano
Linda Figg
Katherine Fleming
Letreze Gooding
Barbara Harrison
Mart Hill
Eva Horton
Melissa Joiner-Ramba
Molly Kellogg-Schmauch
Kim Criser – In Memory of Sally Robbins
Julie Lovelace
Holly Miller
Diane Owens
Ceil Parramore
Jill Pope
Kara Richetti
Heather Ross
Jennifer Stanford
Jess Tharpe
Tiffany Vause
Susan Walton
Jillian White
Laura Wittenberg
Leadership Society – $250-549

Members will receive a JLT car cling, recognition in 2014-2015 Tallagrams and Stewardship report, and recognition on the JLT website.

Christienne Adrick
Teresa Beazley-Widmer
Elizabeth Boyd
Audrea Coniglio
Chrystal Cutrell
Lily Etemadi-Truesdell
Vanessa Fletcher
Tori Cruce-Hollar
Taylor Hatch
Shannon Jones
Margaret Lines
Alexis Phillips
Ashley Ross
Alison Voorhees
Laura Youmans
Community Advocate Society – $55-249

Members will receive recognition in the 2014-2015 Stewardship Report and recognition on the JLT website.

Kristin Anderson
Martha Bademan
Jessica Baker
Stephanie Bird
Beverly Burleson
Barbara Corven
Courtney Cox
Jenny Dawson
Chollet Dunbar
Meredith Hinshelwood
Holly Hohmeister
Stephanie Hooper
Christine Ingram
Denise James
Lori Mattice
Nichole Moore
Caressa Nee
Kayla Preston
Clara Jane Smith
Marjorie Smith
Meredith Strange
Parker Sullivan
Madelon Sweat
Marcia Warfel
Debra Willacey
Rachic Wilson
Agata Wlodarczyk
Amanda Womble
Barbara Yon
Pink & Green Society – $1-54

Members will receive recognition on JLT website.

Joanna Bonfonti
Letitia Brown
Sarah Busk
Amber Dodson
Lindsey Friedenauer
Tenikca Gainey
Jade Jensen
Carla Gaskin-Mautz
Marguerite Martin
Tiffany Schleeter
Stephanie Shumate
Brooke Spicer
Beth Anne Trombetta
Joanna Whitson
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