Improving the Community


In the last year, the Junior League of San Jose has:

  • Launched our Season of Service from Mary Harriman’s (our 1901 Junior League founder) birthday, November 17th, through Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Together, our members volunteered over 25,000 hours
  • Launched a community effort to provide 500+ meals to transitional-age foster youth by partnering with women-owned businesses
  • Volunteered countless hours in their communities ranging from making masks, to supporting schools, to delivering meals, and so much more
  • Hosted our first annual Women’s Leadership Conversation highlighting and learning from local women leaders
  • Sent 17 women to Leadership Conferences
  • Hosted Racial Equity: A Conversational Experience to explore racial equity and how to be an ally
  • Contributed $6,000 to Pivotal’s Emergency Assistance Fund, with many members contributing directly as well
  • Granted $30,000 to our community partners: Pivotal, The Hub at Bill Wilson Center, and First Place for Youth
  • Launched our scholarship program in partnership with Pivotal, supporting two transitional-age foster youth – one attending SJSU and one attending a community college
  • Successfully advocated for the nation’s first Basic Income pilot that will provide $1,000 per month to eligible transitional-age foster youth between 21 and 24 years of age in Santa Clara County

JLSJ has played an integral part in the development, improvement, and support of Santa Clara County.

  • The League raises money to fund its current projects and has funded grants to nonprofit agencies that help young children enter elementary school ready to learn and thrive. League members worked as trained volunteers on community projects and services. Past projects include partnering with Grail Family Services to encourage children to read and to teach parents the importance of reading. Beginning in 2013, the League partnered with Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT) to develop the Make, Build, Play program to expand children’s access to educational activities beyond the school day.
  • The League promotes and recognizes voluntarism through its annual community-wide Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
  • The League is an incubator for future community leaders, providing volunteer skills through placements on in League, fundraising and community committees.
  • Along with 16 other California Junior Leagues, JLSJ actively participates in the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) working with state legislators on specific legislation relevant to four focus areas – family support, education, health, and violence prevention.