The Junior League of Sacramento 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.
The Junior League of Sacramento came into existence through the efforts of a group of women working together to better the community in which they lived. Founded in 1942, the JLS is an outgrowth of the former Charity League whose work was primarily directed towards young girls. As the Charity League, the organization proved itself to the community by taking part in raising funds for the Fairhaven Home for Unwed Mothers and for a children’s ward at the Sacramento County Hospital. In 1938, the Charity League created the Sacramento Community Welfare Council and later, a volunteer bureau sponsored by the council.
Since its evolution from the Charity League, the community areas of concentration for the JLS have grown to include health, education, welfare, youth services, civic and cultural activities and appropriate political advocacy necessary to accomplish its goals. Some of the many projects and activities the league has been involved with during its 75-year history indicate the depth of commitment the JLS has demonstrated to the Sacramento community.