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

Read for the Record

On October 27, 2016 JLLC teamed up with JumpStart and volunteer for their Read for the Record national campaign. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record was launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequalities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.  This year children and adults read, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. The Literacy Committee enjoyed tremendous success with this year's campaign. Readers reached 2,550 children (and counting!) and donated more than 50 books at over 30 locations from downtown to DeQuincy! Thanks to our wonderful members for making this our biggest year yet with Read for the Record.

For more nformation contact: literacy.jllc@gmail.com

Fit Kids

The JLLC Healthy Families committee had a great time at Oak Park Elementary this year for Fit Kids! The program is designed to help address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. More than 75 children participated every week in fitness and nutrition sessions. Jeff, from Keyons Fitness, and the Nutrition Department from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, were a huge help in helping make this year's program such a huge success. JLLC is so glad that the McNesse Men's and Women's Basketball teams joined in as well! 

For more information, contact: Healthy_Families@jllc.net 

Santa's Market 

On December 8th, more than 100 gifted 4th grade students from over 20 schools within Calcasieu Parish will present a night of entrepreneurial skills sponsored by the JLLC. The event will be held in the Buccaneer Room at the Civic Center from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The CPSB Elementary Gifted Program's Santa's Market will showcase hundreds of creative homemade products designed by students themselves. The comprehensive educational program utilizes project-based learning techniques to support an early understanding of money management, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. 

For more information contact: leadership_development@jllc.net

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 calendards for November 17-19, 2016 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 Lake Charles Country Club. 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