New Year, New Leaders: Conversation with First Year Actives

Last year was a unique year, but that did not stop our 2020-2021 Provisional Class. When over 100 women applied to join JLT back in March 2020 they did not expect a global pandemic and a year marked by adapting to the new normal. While the Provisional experience was not what they anticipated, these women […]

New Year, New Leaders: Discussion with our First Year Chairs

With the 2021-2022 League year officially underway, we reached out to some of our first year Chairs to talk about their plans for the new year. While this will be their first time as Committee Chair with The Junior League of Tampa, each of these women brings a unique set of leadership experiences from their […]

Letter to our Members: Closing Thoughts on the 2020-2021 Year

As another year ends, I am taking time to look back and reflect on the past 12+ months. It is overwhelming to think of everything we have gone through as an organization and as individuals. We are all used to some form of change, but the changes we experienced this year may have been one […]

95 Years – A Look at the Past

What does 95 years of impact look like? As we prepare to celebrate our 95th Birthday on April 2nd, this is the question on our minds. The Junior League of Tampa, like so many organizations, has been challenged and changed by the past year. We have been pushed to look at everything we do a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]