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 the focus of Women Building Women; helping women and girls unlock their potential through personal and professional development.

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: rti@jlbalt.org

Community Impact Partners

JLB’s newest initiative focuses on our Community Impact Transformation Rollout partners. As of August 2017, the JLB is pleased to grow long term partnerships with three community impact partners:  Asylee Women EnterprisesHouse of Ruth Maryland, and the Women’s Housing Coalition! Our connection with these organizations will increase our positive, measurable, and long-term impact on the Baltimore Community. These high-impact partnerships will assist organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan community and build the leadership capacity of women throughout the region. Examples of events between the partnerships will include networking and educational socials, putting together packages for women in shelters, helping around their facilities and providing mentorship events. For more information on the Community Impact Partners, please contact: community@jlbalt.org

Personal and Professional Development

The Personal and Professional Development Committee works to provide the JLB, our partners and the community with experiences and training opportunities to build their personal and professional skills and network. Some of these events are open to the public and include members from our community partnerships. Examples of past trainings include financial management and planning and self-defense workshops. For more information on Personal and Professional Development, please contact: trainings@jlbalt.org.

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: jlbhq@jlbalt.org