Junior League of Minneapolis

Promoting Volunteerism Developing the Potential of Women Improving Our Communities

Our History

Established in 1923 by a small group of women, the Junior League of Minneapolis is a volunteer organization committed to the philosophy of community service. This spirit of social concern and community action prevails throughout our history. While the issues and our society may have changed significantly since our inaugural year, the commitment and dedication of the women who volunteer in the JLM has remained the same.

In our 93 years of service, our history has remained rich and our impact in the community is meaningful.  The community projects established by the Junior League of Minneapolis have been diverse and far-reaching. Highlights of our historic community work include:

  • Four decades of support for the Children’s Protective Society (now Family and Children’s Service);
  • Founding the Curative Workshop to assist crippled children;
  • Collaborating with other community partners to create the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and Free Arts Minnesota;
  • Serving as a major partner in the development of Success by 6 with United Way.

To learn more about how the JLM has made a difference in the Minneapolis community, please visit our list of projects.

In 2011, we made a strategic decision to focus our community volunteer and advocacy efforts on the achievement gap. Specifically, the JLM provides projects and serves aimed at eliminating many of the underlying causes of the achievement gap that hinder the learning process for area students.

In addition to improving our community, JLM strives to promote voluntarism and develop the potential of women. Our volunteer organization provides women of all backgrounds the opportunity to acquire new skills, better understand our community’s needs, and become leaders in their workplaces and in other nonprofit organizations. JLM and its highly-trained members are the cornerstones to our thriving non-profit and professional communities.

View our JLM 90th Anniversary Booklet

410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: 612-238-8460 Fax: 612-573-6551


The Junior League of Minneapolis 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.