President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Junior League of Gainesville’s website, and thank you for your interest in learning more about organization!

The Junior League of Gainesville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of nearly 400 trained women volunteers. Our members are committed to advancing our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing women, and improving the community. We have also committed to addressing food insecurity as our community impact area, partnering with local experts and organizations in this space to move the needle. If our mission and impact area resonate with you, we invite you to learn more about how you can get involved!

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior League of Gainesville has remained focus on accomplishing our goals. During our 2020-2021 League year, members volunteered through 108 impact opportunities, fulfilling various needs throughout our community. We pivoted our 30th Annual Miracle on Main Street event to a drive-through experience providing 2,346 toys, 240 pantry bags, 187 packages of diapers/wipes, and 586 clothing items to families in need. In direct response to the pandemic, we partnered with Gators Basketball standout Patric Young to exceed our goal in The Amazing Give, raising $13,500 to purchase and donate a pallet lift to our community partner Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida. We also kicked off a fundraising effort to purchase a food delivery truck that we’ll donate to Food4Kids. This truck will expand their food pick-up and delivery capabilities, ensuring children experiencing food insecurity in our local community will have meals available to them on weekends. We are currently at $40,000 towards this $50,000 goal, and are excited to round out this effort in the 2021-2022 League year!

During the 2021-2022 League year, we are excited to continue our work leading the Food Insecurity Advisory Group, a collaborative effort composed of representatives from Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Catholic Charities, Alachua County Public Schools, and Southwest Advisory Group (SWAG), working collectively to eradicate food insecurity in Alachua County. We also stand steadfast in in our efforts to develop the potential of women, providing opportunities for our members to participate in conferences and training opportunities, furthering both personal and professional development.

The Junior League of Gainesville has a rich legacy of service throughout the greater Gainesville community. While we are proud of all we’ve accomplished since our start in 1935, we know there’s still much more to accomplish! We hope you’ll get involved, whether it’s joining as a member or providing support to one of our initiatives. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email at [email protected] with any questions or thoughts; I’d be delighted to hear from you!

Yours in Service,

Lacie Klann
2021-2022 President
Junior League of Gainesville