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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Diaper Bank: Diapers as a Social Good

The Junior League of Tampa’s volunteers fulfill monthly diaper orders for nonprofit agencies in Hillsborough County. Written By: Melissa Knight Nodhturft The Junior League of Tampa Diaper Bank was launched last summer in recognition of a simple fact: It is not really about diapers. It is about poverty. Diaper need — the lack of sufficient […]

Bringing our 20/20 VISION to Life

Written By: Melissa Knight Nodhturft As I assume the role of President for the 2019-2020 League year, I am tasked with leading The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) into a new decade. With this new decade, I am challenging our membership and the community to see JLT through a new set of eyes. Together we […]

DE&I in the League

The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) benefits immeasurably from the diversity of its Membership as well as the communities and populations it serves. Recognizing the importance of facilitating, utilizing and leading from such diversity, JLT has recently implemented a multi-phase, long term initiative to improve and prioritize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). GOALS The League’s […]