The Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Learn more about our mission, vision, and values.

Why join JLSJ? To Make A Difference!

Since 1967, the Junior League of San Jose has been welcoming women of diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents. As League members, we work together as change agents to improve the greater San Jose community. We dedicate many volunteer hours and financial resources to develop and support various community programs that have improved the lives of local families for the past five decades. Since 2016, our community impact focus has been helping foster youth, in Santa Clara County, successfully transition out of foster care

Benefits of Joining JLSJ

Our members advance the JLSJ Mission and contribute to the Community Impact Program through a wide range of volunteer and leadership opportunities. We participate in fundraising initiatives, hands-on education, and ongoing nonprofit management. Additionally, we develop and lead community outreach and support programs throughout Santa Clara County.

As JLSJ members, we share common experience in:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Hands-On Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Meaningful Connections

Volunteer Opportunities

JLSJ members receive training to become effective, hands-on community volunteers. Examples of our community projects:

  • In partnership with Grail Family Services, worked to promote literacy, improve the parent-child bond, empower the parent to be the child’s first teacher, and increase the parent’s awareness of their child’s development
  • Through the Kids in the Kitchen initiative, educate and promote healthy lifestyles among children and their families
  • Collaboration with Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), develop the Make Build Play outreach project to provide “learn by doing” science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for young children (4-8 years old) to promote school readiness and build confidence in creative problem solving
  • Short-term volunteer assistance through Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) projects that respond to community needs by conducting impactful hands-on projects, in partnership with community agencies operating within the scope of JLSJ’s Mission and Community Impact focus area

Hands-On Training

The League offers our members a variety of hands-on training opportunities to develop new skills in a supportive environment. Training opportunities include community impact and outreach, fundraising, communications, and public education, membership development, volunteer coordination, operations management, and leadership.

Leadership Development

A large number of our volunteers gain and fine-tune skills, and develop the confidence to become leaders in the community, other nonprofit organizations and the business sector.

Meaningful Connections

Strong bonds of friendship develop when working together on a League project, attending a training program, enjoying a social event, or participating in a fundraiser.