Community Partnerships and Programs


The Junior League of Memphis has started, coordinated, or contributed to many of Memphis’ most worthwhile organizations. The number of community programs the Junior League of Memphis has been involved in over the years totals in the hundreds. We support a variety of needs, primarily those that focus on neighborhood revitalization. This year, JLM volunteers will volunteer more than 30,000 hours to the Memphis community.  We are excited to announce our 2014-2015 Junior League Community Projects:

External Programs:

  1. Baptist Trinity Hospice – Camp Good Grief
  2. Memphis Athletic Ministries – S.L.A.M.
  3. Forrest Spence Fund – Family Fund Dinners and Unit Appreciation
  4. The Corners at Highland Heights – FirstWorks at the Corners
  5. Binghampton Christian Academy – Residential Tutoring Program
  6. Ronald McDonald House – Parents Night In

Internal Programs:

  1. Kids in the Kitchen
  2. Extra Hands
  3. Innovative Teaching Grants
  4. Community Impact Grants:
  5. G.R.O.W. Programs

2014-2015 Junior League of Memphis Community Projects

Baptist Trinity Hospice – Camp Good Grief                                

Volunteers will do pre-camp work and then attend a 3 day camp in July assisting with children who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other loved one.

Memphis Athletic Ministries – S.L.A.M. (Serving, Learning and Mentoring)

Volunteers will plan fun activities and educational demonstrations to assist disadvantaged urban youth in making positive life changes. Many of these children come from single parent homes and are often responsible for taking care of themselves, so if they can play in a safe environment after school, it lightens their load and brightens their day.

Forrest Spence Fund Family Fund Dinners and Unit Appreciation

Volunteers will assist with hosting a dinner for the families of LeBonheur patients, which includes directing families to the dinner, setup and cleanup, planning a small activity for siblings, and assisting families with carrying dinner back to their rooms. Volunteers will also plan, decorate and assemble gift bags to hand deliver to the LeBonheur staff to show appreciation for their hard work.
The Corners at Highland Heights – First Works at the Corners

FirstWorks at the Corners will focus its resources and volunteers on providing a hot meal, tutoring, character development and life skills for elementary and middle school students weekly.

Binghampton Christian Academy – Residential Tutoring Program

While the primary focus of the volunteers is to provide tutoring to the residential students, the program also builds mentoring relationships and stability to help the student progress academically, emotionally, and physically.

Ronald McDonald House- Parents’ Night In

Volunteers will plan and execute themed events for the families of St. Jude patients, which will include “parents only” and “kids only” activities. These events allow parents time to relax, unwind, and strengthen their ability to care not only for their children, but also for themselves.

G.R.O.W. – A Junior League of Memphis Initiative at Lester Community Center                    

  • Thursday Supper Club Volunteers serve weekly meals and hold classes for parents and their children. These classes are collaborations with our local community partners and focus on such topics as financial literacy, discipline, education, advocacy, job skills, fire safety, cooking and more in a very hands-on atmosphere.
  • Pre-K Readiness Volunteers will partner with the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers at Brewster Elementary School to choose books and crafts that go along with their curriculum and work one on one with the students to prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Saturday & Special Events Volunteers host monthly Saturday morning events at Lester Community Center. Volunteers coordinate “Done in a Day” projects at the community center along with various other special events to take place at the center. Other activities include preschool programming, tutoring, story time, literacy projects, etiquette classes, school supply drives, clean up days, etc.
  • Tutoring and Outreach  Volunteers will provide programming and events that focus on education and educational development as a partner with the Cornerstone Prep tutoring program at the Lester Campus. The primary focus will be on tutoring the most at risk children (those whom have been identified as fallen below grade levels).

Innovative Teaching Grants    

This project is designed to improve the quality of life for children by encouraging and supporting excellence in teaching. Teachers apply for the grants which will enable them to implement original and creative learning experiences beyond the basic curriculum in school budgets. JLM volunteers review the applications, select the recipients and track how the funds were used in the classroom.
Kids in the Kitchen                     

Volunteers assist in providing opportunities for children to learn to make healthy snacks and meals, fun ways to exercise and many more tips on living a healthy, happy life. This committee of volunteers visits events around the city year round to promote healthy eating to children.

Extra Hands

“Extra Hands” is a committee the Junior League of Memphis formed to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations for special events, and we have a terrific group of volunteers ready to serve.

Click here to learn more about our Extra Hands committee and how you can submit a application.

Community Impact Grants

The Junior League of Memphis  is pleased to accept applications for our Community Impact Grants.

The JLM sets aside funds for grants to nonprofit organizations that are deemed to have significant positive impact on the community, but would not meet the requirements to be one of our community projects. This allows flexibility in appropriating funds to community agencies and organizations whose projects and activities are consistent with the JLM mission and focus. We encourage local community agencies and organizations to apply.