What We Do

The Junior League organizes and manages many events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers throughout the year. Because our League is volunteer-based,  every dollar earned through these efforts is allocated back to our community projects or to training and education of our members.

Community Granting

To fulfill our focus of women building better communities, the Junior League is committed to supporting organizations in the Kalamazoo community through its annual granting program. We specifically support organizations that focus on the well-being of women and children in our community. 

Our grant application is now available! If you are interested in applying for a grant please click HERE  to download the application. Return the completed application to community@jlkalamazoo.org by the deadline specified on the application. The Junior League is excited to be able to support our community through granting again this year and will have $7,500 available to grant to community organizations. 

Current Community Involvement

These are just a few examples of how we are currently helping the Kalamazoo community:
  • Pretty Lake Vacation Camp has been a signature project of the JLK since the 1930's. Pretty Lake provides a residential summer camp experience for over 800 children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades each summer free of charge. 
  • Hospital Hospitality House is a legacy project of the JLK. The HHH recently completed construction on two new homes in order to be more accessible to the people they serve. Our Active members helped to design a room at the new Burdick Street house and JLK contributed to their capital campaign. 


Our Past Projects

Prior to joining the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), our organization was known as the Service Club of Kalamazoo. Some of the Service Club’s earliest projects included distributing anti-TB posters and raising funds for a community nursery school.

In 1930, the Service Club joined the Kiwanis Club in supporting Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, started years earlier by Kalamazoo’s Eddie Desenberg – this partnership with the Kiwanis Club continues to the present day. Since the camp’s first summer, more than 30,000 campers have enjoyed a character-building and enriching camp experience in the woods and shores of Pretty Lake.

The innovative projects initiated by our great organization include:

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