We are the Junior League of Springfield

The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901.

​True to their legacy, today’s League members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our society.

Our commitment, has remained unwavering: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think.

Above all else, our goal is to promote and perpetuate social change in Sangamon County communities that will benefit most from it. By empowering women and providing valuable leadership training, we are giving local women the tools to get involved, put their talents to work, and positively impact the communities of Sangamon County.

Strength in Numbers

As one of hundreds of Junior League chapters across the world, we are a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI). Established in 1939, the Junior League of Springfield plays an integral part in the development, improvement, and support of the communities of Sangamon County.

While you’re here, we welcome you to learn how to join us, support our work, or get involved.

Our Local Impact

JLS members pride themselves on a 75-year history of volunteer training and community service.

In the Springfield community, members have helped families in more than 150 programs through hands-on volunteer work, fundraising, and community grants. We also helped found vital social service organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and the Parent Help Line at St. John’s Hospital.

Right now, our primary focus of creating a food secure Sangamon County requires immediate action, and our multi-faceted approach is making an impact. In the next several years we plan to eradicate food insecurity in Sangamon County through coordinating community food drives, completing hands-on volunteering, organizing fundraising events, and securing community grants. If you’re interested in learning more about our current focus or developing your own civic leadership skills, we welcome you to learn more or connect with us.

Help Us Lead Change

JLS members enjoy a variety of social, educational, and leadership opportunities while working together to improve the community. Experienced League members also donate time serving on boards of directors for various local agencies, including the Ronald McDonald House, Springfield Children’s Museum, Leadership Springfield and more. Such service helps us to use our League leadership training, develops our potential as women, and keeps us informed about the needs of our community.

There is always more work to be done, more help needed, and more opportunities to make an impact in Sangamon County. The empowered women of Junior League of Springfield are working to improve our local communities through leadership and effective action. Will you join them?