We welcome you to join the Junior League of South Bend! For more than 70 years, we have been both a powerful organization of trained women volunteers and a vital part of the community philanthropy, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.Learn More
Holiday Ball is our annual fundraiser and celebration for our Membership and community. Holiday Ball has been a yearly tradition since 1927. At the 1941 Holiday Ball, the League held a contest to spur sales of war bonds, crowning four “queens” at the dance, one from each South Bend high school. This lead to our current tradition, the presentation of the “Senior Sons and Daughters,” made up of graduating seniors of current League members. Each year the Mary Lou Schwartz is presented annually at the Junior League of South Bend’s Holiday Ball in honor and memory of JLSB member and community volunteer, Mary Lou Schwartz. Established in 2003, this award recognizes the volunteer contributions of an outstanding woman from our community who exemplifies the successful volunteer fundraising spirit and ability demonstrated by the award’s namesake
This year, the 90th Holiday Ball will be held at The Armory in South Bend on December 9th.Learn More
Consider partnering with an organization that has been the pinnacle of many tide changing and vital changes within our community since 1927. By doing so, you join a powerful Junior League movement that has a long history of commitment to the South Bend community. It is our belief that when our Members are immersed in the community, we become more educated in helping to identify projects that will benefit the community the most. Your involvement supports the foundation for real, lasting change. It is our belief that when our Members are immersed in the community, we become more educated in helping to identify projects that will benefit the community the most.Learn More
The Junior League of South Bend, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of civic leaders and impacting its community and committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.. The nearly 500 women who are members devote thousands of volunteer hours annually towards our mission, resulting in an annual economic impact to our community in excess of $180,000. The Junior League of South Bend, Inc. is supported by generous contributions from its members, the public and corporate donors. The organization raises most of the money for its community programming through its fundraisers, while 74% of the management and administrative costs are financed through its Endowment Fund. All endeavors of JLSB have the following guiding mission and values.
The Junior League of South Bend, Inc. has impacted various realms of the community through its members’ voluntarism and financial investment through the years. Most recently, JLSB has adopted the issue of “Improving Education in our Community” with a particular focus on “Early Childhood Development”. The membership has been immersed in learning how to affect meaningful impact in this arena and JLSB has established many new relationships with common stakeholders.