We’re Focused on Lee County

JLLC members create a rotating “impact statement” based on their work to engage in community-based research with local non-profit agencies, leaders, and community groups. The intent is for the impact statement to focus on Lee County community members’ most pressing needs. The statement is revisited every 5-10 years.

The current impact statement states “The Junior League of Lee County is committed to strengthening the leadership, power, and voices of school-age girls and young women in Lee County to result in increased confidence, courage, knowledge, and personal development.” 

A History of Impact

Previously, the League focused on addressing food insecurity in Lee County. This work resulted in the local backpack program that is now maintained by multiple non-profit and educational agencies in Lee County.

More recently, we created an Amazon Wish List that delivers directly to the East Alabama Food Bank where you can purchase menstrual products for immediate donation. We allocated $10,000 in one-time grants to non-profit agencies, annually, that prioritized girls and young women through summer 2020. NOTE: We are working to reactivate one-time grants in the 2023-2024 year, contingent on successful fundraisers.

What are we doing?

JLLC members seek to increase girls’ and young women’s confidence, courage, knowledge, and personal development in partnership with Period. The Movement.I Am My Brothers’ Keeper (IAMBK)Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee CountyGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and Girls on the Run South Central Alabama. This effort has led League members to donate menstrual supplies to the East Alabama Food Bank via our Amazon Wish List and partner with Period. The Movement. to provide educational training to the membership related to period poverty in the United States.

Specifically, the League seeks to support our local community in five (5) tangible ways, contingent on the skills and knowledge of the membership and donor-based funds:

  1. Increasing the capacity of non-profit agencies and groups that are modeling the way in the local community
  2. Increasing awareness of an issue among local residents
  3. Providing direct service in partnership with local, non-profit agencies
  4. Building coalitions among people who are leading positive change in Lee County
  5. Allocating grants to eligible agencies who are leading positive change in the community

Current member strategies include increasing the capacity for girls to participate in recreation via organized sports and increasing awareness of period poverty in Lee County, AL.

Members Have Fulfilling Leadership Opportunities

JLLC members are practicing community and civic leadership as part of their work in the League. By providing members the tools and resources to lead, providing space for them to learn about their communities’ needs, and charging them with putting their unique brand of creativity and skill to work, JLLC is making a lasting and sustainable impact in Lee County, Alabama.

We’re Transforming Lee County

No matter the impact statement we’re currently on, the work of the League centers around improving our local communities through community-based research and conversation, effective action, and collective leadership.