In the Community

Community Initiatives

The Junior League of Baltimore is committed to fulfilling our mission of “improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers”.  To achieve this goal, we focus our efforts on Baltimore City metropolitan area by training our members to lead and serve on short- and long-term volunteer initiatives.  Our community impact activities center around three focus areas:

  1. Empowering women through social and economic development;
  2. Empowering children and youth through civic leadership and education;
  3. Healthy Children, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities.

Retail Training Initiative

With an emphasis on empowering women to be change makers in their community, the newly expanded Retail Training Initiative (RTI) offers women who have experienced barriers to obtaining successful employment the opportunity to gain job-readiness skills. The JLB’s largest fundraiser, the Wise Penny, serves as the training ground for selected RTI participants who intern in the store for 6-weeks and receive on-the-job training in customer service and retail merchandising.  Additionally, these interns are paired with a mentor from the JLB who works with them on identifying and setting her personal and professional goals. For more information on the Retail Training Initiative, please contact:

Signature Program:  Kids in the Kitchen

JLB’s Kids in the Kitchen (KITK), an offshoot of the Association of Junior Leagues International’s award winning program, works to combat the national epidemic of childhood obesity by exposing children and their families to fundamental nutrition principals. With the support of a grant from Kaiser Permanente, KITK activities show children and their families creative ways to prepare healthy meals and snacks on a budget. Specific activities include four-week and day-long programs, and a KITK “pop-up” booth that appears at health festivals, races, schools and community centers throughout the year. For more information on Kids in the Kitchen, please contact:

Done In A Day/Done In A Meeting

JLB’s Done in a Day (DIAD) and Done in a Meeting (DIAM) initiatives are short-term, high-impact activities undertaken by JLB members. DIADs assist organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan community in need of volunteers for a limited period – a few hours to a few days - by providing volunteers for short-term projects, as well as a volunteer project coordinator if needed. All DIADs are community-based, hands on opportunities: past activities have included gardening at an elementary school and serving dinner at a women’s shelter. DIAMs are smaller projects that are completed either throughout the month in conjunction with our general membership meetings.  Examples of DIAMs include collecting books for early readers, putting together toiletry packages for women in shelters and collecting nonperishable goods for a local food bank. The JLB participates in DIADs and DIAMs on a monthly basis. For more information on Done in a Day/Done in a Meeting, please contact:

The Larks

The Larks, JLB’s choral group, was formed in 1957 and is the oldest continuous community project of our League. The Larks provide not only recreation, but emotional support to the elderly, disabled, and people in need through the "gift of song". A crucial part of The Larks outreach in the Baltimore community is to engage with its audiences in sing-a-longs. These performances bring smiles, laughs, memories, or just the tapping of a toe to those often isolated from the community due to age or disability. For more information on The Larks or to schedule a performance, please contact: