Our Mission

The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. We've been "Serving, Strengthening, Sustaining the Community" for more than 80 years.

In the Spotlight

Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award

The nomination process for the 2017 Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award is now closed. Thank you for your submissions! We look forward to naming this year's recipient.

Since 1994, the Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award has been given to honor an individual’s or organization’s exceptional and sustained contributions through voluntarism. This award, established by Della K. Thielen’s family and administered through the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., embodies Mrs. Thielen’s own outstanding commitment to voluntarism. The recipient will be recognized at the Junior League’s annual meeting on May 2, 2017, at which time a donation will be made in the recipient’s name to a non-profit organization of his or her choice.

Leaguers & Links


It's time for the 2017 Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament!! Support the mission of the Junior League of Lake Charles and sign up to participate in this fun event! Friday, April 21, 2017 at Graywood Plantation - 1:30 Shotgun Start, 3-Person Scramble.

To enroll your team click HERE.

Autism Awareness

On April 1st the Junior League of Lake Charles participated in the Joining Hands for Autism Awareness Walk distributing signs and cheering on all the walkers and their families. Thank you to all members of the community and League members who  joined us at the event.

And on April 2nd, downtown Lake Charles and surrounding areas and residences were lit up in blue to drive awareness of World Autism Day.  Thank you to the city and members of the community who helped in our mission.

Community Impact

Read to Your Doll

This is a new, rotating, monthly program hosted by the Literacy Committee at nearly every branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.  The Literacy Committee’s role will be to begin the program by reading a story aloud, help facilitate the individual doll reading time, offer light refreshments, and provide coloring sheets. 

Branch Out & Grow Scholarship Program

The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.'s Branch Out and Grow educational grant program supports excellence in teaching by awarding grants for innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in school budgets and which fit within the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.’s vision of supporting a more confident, healthy and educated community. This program consists of grant awards in amounts ranging from $500 - $2,500; grant requests may also include a request for volunteer hours from the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. The deadline for application is Friday, November 11, 2016. Click here to access the grant application. For more information contact grants_scholarships@jllc.net.

Fostering Families

League members purchase, organize, and distribute personal care packages for children recently removed from their homes or newly placed in foster care.  The children remain nameless and faceless to the JLLC, but hold a special place in our hearts.

Autism Awareness

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. The vision of Light it up Blue (LIUB) is to celebrate autistic and special needs children, their families and all of the incredible local organizations providing services to these individuals. Every April 2nd is World Autism Day.  The JLLC and people all over the world participate in "Light it Up Blue" to show their support of millions of individual and families around the world affected by the disability.

Leader in Me

The JLLC is collaborating to develop strong leaders.  We are helping to create a healthy and confident workforce by sponsoring trainings for families whose children are attending "Leader in Me" schools.  This results-oriented program teaches children about goal-setting, develops character, and provides tools for conflict resolution. The trainings are based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and encourage carry-over of the life lessons kids are learning at school.

Liberty Belles

This is the League’s longest running community project. Members visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities a couple of times a year to sing and bring joy to residents.

  • Mistletoe and Moss

    Mark your calendars for November 15-18, 2017 at the Lake Charles Civic Center!  To learn more about the market or if you are interested in being a merchant, please click here.

  • JLLC Cookbooks

    Our cookbooks make great gifts!  Proceeds enable us to carry-out our mission and provide meaningful year-round community impact. Buy Now

  • Leaguers and Links

    Our annual Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament will be held on April 21, 2017 at Graywood. Click here to Learn more…

  • Grants and Scholarships

    The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., is proud to offer Branch Out and Grow grants to educators each fall and scholarships to young women graduating from high school each spring. Click here for more information."

  • Kids in the Kitchen