JLT Announces New Partnership With Capital City Youth Services

The Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) is proud to announce Capital City Youth Services Inc. (CCYS) as its 2020-2022 Jill Pope Community Partner. CCYS is an organization that provides guidance, shelter, and support to youth and families in the Big Bend Area and fits squarely within the parameters of JLT’s Impact Statement. 

“There is a tremendous opportunity to increase our community’s awareness and understanding of homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth through this partnership,” says Carla Juarez, JLT Community Director. In the first twelve months of this partnership, JLT volunteers will design and deliver impactful training workshops and activities for CCYS residents, mentor and help to facilitate CCYS’ Youth Advisory Council, as well as coordinate opportunities to further support residents’ well-being through meal services and campus renovations.

“JLT is committed to partnering with organizations that support the delivery of basic needs, food, clothing and shelter, for local children and families,” states Samantha Sexton, JLT President. “By partnering with CCYS, our Members will not only have the opportunity to directly serve and mentor local youth, but advocate for increased resources that may ultimately reduce the number of homeless youth in Tallahassee and the Big Bend Area.”

“CCYS is proud to partner with Junior League of Tallahassee in providing Guidance, Shelter, and Support to youth and families in the Big Bend area. JLT’s sterling reputation as community advocates who dedicate their valuable time and talents to our city will bring much needed awareness of CCYS’ programming. We are excited to see this partnership’s reach and impact over the next 2 years,” says Justin Barfield, CCYS Development Director.

Established in 1960, the Junior League of Tallahassee is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 500 women committed to improving the lives of children and families. For more information about the Junior League of Tallahassee, call (850) 224-9161 or visit www.JLTallahassee.org.

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JLT Embraces the New Standard

Instead of focusing on the challenges created by COVID-19, the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) continues to look for – and embrace – opportunities that further its mission and members.

Although we physically closed headquarters to our members and the public in March, we quickly pivoted to embrace technology, identify ways to safely serve the community and reduce expenses. Incidentally, these changes came just as we launched our inaugural Mighty Meals event- a large-scale food distribution providing food for families during Spring Break.

Mighty Meals highlighted the value of trained volunteers, a critical component of JLT’s mission. Not only did we distribute more than 15,800 meals, we did so while practicing social distancing, wearing personal protective equipment and creatively engaging the community to ensure families that needed food received it. Some might say the way we served the community is a result of our new normal.

Personally, I do not prescribe or embrace the thought of a new normal. The term normal, when applied to JLT’s work, indicates we are conforming to a type and allowing events to happen naturally. Normal means we are no different than any other organization. However, that could not be further from the truth. 

JLT is different. 

We are an organization of women dedicated to improving the lives of children and families, and our work is too important to hit pause. Thus, we are creating a new standard of volunteering, gathering, training and fundraising. This is an opportunity for JLT to raise the bar.

To that end, I convened a workgroup of JLT leaders to identify best practices and recommend how JLT should re-open our physical space, volunteer shifts and calendar of events. With our members, partners and donors at the center of everything we do, we hope this plan will instill confidence for those we work with, and serve. And ultimately we envision this plan becoming a model for local non-profits and the 25 Junior Leagues in Florida.

With the support of our community partners and Members, JLT has published the initial report on our website and established a year-long task force to offer feedback on evolving local and state guidelines. We know that business as usual is a term of the past, and that has created room for new standards. Some of our new standards include an increased number of virtual or independent volunteer opportunities, a continued focus on risk management, and renewed focus on service delivery.

The mission of JLT is more important than ever as communities experience disproportionate impacts caused by the global pandemic. Our vision is that the new standards will bolster our work as community leaders, enhance the skills of our trained volunteers, and elevate our partnerships with local nonprofits working to ensure our neighbors’ basic needs are met. 

Together, we will overcome the cascading effects of COVID-19 and implement new standards for serving our community. JLT’s foundation, layers of rich history and tradition of service to the Big Bend is strong and will focus on embracing change.

Samantha Sexton
2020-2021 President

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2020-2021 JLT Board Announces Reopening Plan

The JLT Board of Directors accepted and adopted the JLT Reopening Plan on June 8th, ensuring our League takes smart, research-based steps as we reopen our calendars to social activities and in-person volunteer shifts. The Board also voted to formally establish this group as a Task Force through May 31, 2021.

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New Member Applications Available

The application process for the 2019-20 New Member Class is now open.  The application fee can be paid online or in cash or check.  For more information please refer to the New Member page.  Please email [email protected] if you have questions.

New Member Application     Application Fee

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Toy and Fund Drive for Hurricane Michael Relief

Join the Junior League of Tallahassee and other Tallahassee community organizations in the Hurricane Michael relief toy and fund drive on December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tallahassee Democrat.  We will be accepting new and unwrapped toys as well as monetary donations.  Please see the attached graphic for recommendations on donation items.  

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Hurricane Michael Recovery

We are thankful for our local and state officials, city and county employees, volunteers and the courageous lineman for helping to restore power to the City of Tallahassee as quickly as possible.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our coastal community neighbors as they rebuild after this devastating storm. We are Tallahassee Strong, will rebuild and help our neighbors to do the same.

On October 13, 2018, the Junior League of Tallahassee helped feed 150 local members of our community in need during our first JLT-sponsored Mobile Food Pantry at Grace Mission in partnership with the Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Some of the way members of our community can help support those effected by the hurricane are listed below:

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JLT Partners with University Center Club

September 7, 2018


Carla Juarez

[email protected]org

(561) 843-2347

Junior League of Tallahassee Kicks Off Partnership with the University Center Club

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) kicked off its new partnership with the University Center Club with an event honoring the start of the new League Year on September 6, 2018.

“We are incredibly thankful to the University Center Club for partnering with the Junior League of Tallahassee this year in hosting our monthly General Membership Meetings,” states Lex Phillips, President of the Junior League of Tallahassee. “We are thankful for the support of such a great location to help foster our League’s growing membership numbers and our continued work to improve the lives of children and families in our Community.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Junior League of Tallahassee! This organization’s long-term commitment to our community and development of Leaders dovetails with the University Center Club’s mission of creating an energetic and welcoming environment that fosters friendships and connections,” states Tracy Marple, Regional General Manager.

General Membership Meetings are held once per month, September through May, and serve as the Junior League of Tallahassee’s business meetings. JLT will also host several events benefiting its mission at the University Center Club.

To learn more about partnering with the Junior League of Tallahassee, visit http://www.jltallahassee.org/support-us/sponsorship/.


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JLT to host Sunshine State Ball

CONTACT: Allison Aubuchon, APR
[email protected] | 850.766.5255



Junior League of Tallahassee to Host Sunshine State Ball

Inaugural Event Celebrates Florida, Capital City and Legacy of Volunteerism


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2018) – The Junior League of Tallahassee is having a ball. The volunteer organization announced it will host the inaugural Sunshine State Ball, Jan. 11, 2019, celebrating everything that makes Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family, along with the volunteer work that strengthens communities.

Held during Florida’s inauguration week at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, the black-tie event will host Tallahassee residents and guests from around the Sunshine State, welcoming them to the Capital City to enjoy dinner and live entertainment, to be formally announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are now available and expected to sell out quickly, with all proceeds supporting the Junior League’s mission of improving the lives of children and families.

“We are beyond thrilled to be turning this vision into a reality,” said Junior League of Tallahassee President Lex Phillips. “It will be an historic evening. We’re setting the bar with this inaugural event and hope it begins a long tradition of fun and Florida pride that gives back in a big way to the community we love.”

In addition to Florida pride — creatively infused into the event’s details — the Ball will showcase and celebrate the Junior League of Tallahassee’s historic impact to help improve the lives of families. The organization has a proven track record of identifying unmet community needs, developing solutions and seeing them through to fruition. Since 1960, the JLT has served as an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers and contributing more than $2,500,000 to the Tallahassee community. Its current major initiatives include work with Second Harvest of the Big Bend and HOPE Community/Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

“The Sunshine State Ball is a continuation of the Junior League of Tallahassee’s legacy, and we hope to energize and inspire others as an example of effective community volunteerism across the Sunshine State,” added Phillips. “We are women who believe in our community and want to make it a better place. This event is the next step in being the change we want to see in Tallahassee and in Florida.”

The Junior League of Tallahassee, as the “Capital City League,” is considered a resource and an example for finding upstream or downstream solutions for issues impacting Florida communities and addressing the root causes of problems. The Sunshine State Ball aims to highlight the importance of addressing and solving long-term problems while celebrating how far the Junior League has come and putting dollars directly back into the community to ensure the organization’s work continues for years to come.

To learn more about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit SunshineStateBall.com.

About the Sunshine State Ball

The Sunshine State Ball is a celebration of everything that makes Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family, along with the volunteer work that strengthens communities. Hosted by the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) during Florida’s inauguration week, on Jan. 11, 2019, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, the Ball will host guests from around the Sunshine State, welcoming them to the Capital City to enjoy a black-tie dinner and live entertainment. All proceeds support JLT’s  mission of improving the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit SunshineStateBall.com.


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Done In A Day Application Available

Applications for the Junior League of Tallahassee’s (JLT’s) program Done in a Day (DIAD) are now available online. 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. If your organization has a short-term volunteer need that ties in with JLT’s mission, please click here to apply.  

Please note that applications cannot be saved and therefore must be completed in one sitting.

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