The Women Behind the Market

The Holiday Gift Market is a Tampa Tradition. Annually, the event features more than 120 specialty merchants, attracts over 17,000 shoppers, and generates $300,000+ for the League’s community projects. Impressive on its own, the Market becomes even more inspiring when you realize it is run by volunteers. This year’s Holiday Gift Market committee is comprised… Read More

State of the League

The Junior League of Tampa has over 94 years of community experience and yet, the last six months are like nothing we have ever faced before. As we navigate our new normal, know that The Junior League of Tampa is on track and maintaining our focus on the community, organizational health and our members. Community… Read More

Our Legacy of Literacy: How the MILO Project Adapts to Community Needs

Supporting literacy has long been a goal of The Junior League of Tampa, however the strategies for achieving this goal have changed with the community. The MILO project is a perfect example of this. MILO stands for Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity, and was founded in 2016. The project began as a partnership with the Children’s… Read More

Donors Stepping Up Through COVID

In the spring, COVID-19 changed our community dramatically. Suddenly schools were closing, workers were being furloughed, and businesses were closing their doors. Overnight, the needs of our community shifted. As a League we began reorganizing our budgets. With the cancellation of several large in person events, we were able to pivot and direct funds to… Read More

Committed Through COVID

The coronavirus has changed everything. What we initially thought would be a brief shut down and quick return to normal life, now has us transforming much of our organization for the 2020-2021 League year. As a volunteer run nonprofit, we have always thrived with face to face meetings, hosting large scale community outreach projects, and bringing together thousands to raise funds. Our leadership has… Read More

Honoring T. Terrell Sessums

The Junior League of Tampa mourns the loss of Thomas Terrell Sessums, 2018 Luminary and lifelong Tampa Bay leader. Sessums committed his life to public service and the greater good of the community. A lawyer by trade, Sessums served as a state legislator from 1963 to 1974 rising to become the Speaker of the Florida… Read More

Personal Development at Home

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are enjoying some extra time at home. While we miss the opportunities to connect with each other face to face, this time has provided us all a chance to dive into some new personal development content. With so many options available, we reached out to… Read More

Speaking of Leadership: JLT League of Speakers

Public speaking is terrifying for most people. Yet, it is a required skill of almost all community and civic leaders. In an effort to address this need from members, the League began sponsoring a Toastmasters Club. The goal is to give members access to an internationally recognized program, in a supportive environment where they could… Read More

Lending Libraries: We are all on the Same Page

Written by: Karen Hussey Lending libraries are an exciting initiative The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) launched last year. The goal is to increase literacy and encourage a love of reading in our community. One of the most successful ways to improve children’s reading interest and achievement is to increase their access to books.  Lending… Read More

The Positive Power of Girls

Written by: Kristen Antonello & Kylie Gross The Junior League of Tampa’s Girl Power! program was created in 2013 with the mission to promote literacy, scholarship, nutrition, and positive self-image to the young women in the Tampa community. This year, we are partnering with the Centre for Girls – an enrichment and education center focused… Read More