President's Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale! Thank you for visiting our website and for the opportunity to share more about our organization.

What is the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale? The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale (JLGFL) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLGFL is part of an association that has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, with more than 125,000 women in 295 Leagues across four countries supporting our mission. Locally, we have been researching and responding to community needs in Broward County for over 80 years.

It is an honor to serve as the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s first two-year President. I joined the League ten years ago to volunteer in the community after moving from New Jersey. While paging through the Charity Guide, I saw organizations such as Jack and Jill Children’s Center, Kids in Distress and many others. When I came to the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, I saw that they founded all of the organizations I was interested in. While I still love to be hands on, my WHY has changed over the years. I have really embraced the training aspect of what the Junior League provides. The skills I have obtained through nine years of leadership has allowed me to be a better leader and mentor for our members as well as in the workplace.

Our organization promotes voluntarism through supporting our legacy projects, Done in a Day (DIAD) volunteer opportunities, and committee projects. Whether our members are participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, serving meals at Broward Partnership for the Homeless, or planning one of our annual fundraisers, we donate our time and learn new skills to invest in the community. Through free training events and leadership opportunities, our members have a chance to develop skills in public speaking, project management and financial planning outside of their home or work environments.

We are one of the few Junior Leagues that has established more than a dozen community organizations. Some of our legacy projects include the FLITE Center, SOS Children’s Villages, and Museum of Discovery and Science. We also recently improved our community in downtown Fort Lauderdale with a commemorative sculpture, highlighting our 80-year impact.

Our membership also supports continuing community impact projects such as Human Trafficking Awareness and Childhood Fitness & Nutrition. Over the past year, we responded to the issue of food insecurity in our community by partnering with Feeding South Florida, The Pantry of Broward, and other groups by supporting emergency food assistance programs.

We raise money for our community projects through fundraisers such as our award-winning Riverwalk Run 5k & 5-miler and the JULE silent auction in the fall. Please come back to our website throughout the year to learn more about our ongoing fundraising and community impact opportunities.

If the past 18 months has taught us anything, it has taught us that we are resilient and that trained volunteers are needed now more than ever. As a membership organization, we came together for our members and we remained committed to responding to the needs of our community. This has been the case since 1937 and our mission has not wavered.

It is my hope that learning more about us will motivate you to consider joining our league or donate to support our mission.

A very special thank you to our members, sponsors, partners, friends, and families for your generous support over the past 84 years. Thank you for sharing in our years of service as you are all part of our legacy.

Most sincerely,

Sandy Kwoka
President 2021-2023