A Message From Our League President, Emily Bedenbaugh

For 100 years, the Junior League of Columbia, has been working to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training in the Midlands. It all started in 1924 with one visionary woman, Katharine Manning, who wanted to make a difference in her community. She recruited other women with the same passion and joined forces… Read More

From Exclusion to Inclusion: Not My Grandma’s Junior League

Contributed by Lisa Cole The Junior League of Columbia (JLC) has pivoted a lot since its 1924 founding. From a small, elite social group to a collaborative, leadership-focused entity, the JLC has steadily adapted to the needs of the Midlands over time. But, perhaps its most impactful shift is its evolution from exclusion to inclusion.… Read More

End of the Year Celebration for the Junior Volunteers

As the League year comes to an end, we are in celebration mode for our dedicated volunteers!  This is no different for our Junior Volunteers who had a busy League year.  The Junior League of Columbia has 66 junior volunteers this year and ten of those are graduating seniors. The Junior League Junior Volunteers committee… Read More

Sponsor Recognition: Franklin Jones

We want to recognize a supporter and sponsor of the Junior League of Columbia: Franklin Jones, The Neighborhood Company at Keller Williams Palmetto!  He is the husband of League Sustainer, Jennifer Jones. His commitment to the League has been longstanding for over 20 years, and he has also featured the JLC on his blog highlighting… Read More

Sponsor Recognition: PRISMA

The Junior League of Columbia is thankful for all our sponsors and volunteers, and we love highlighting them when we can. We want to give a special thank you to PRISMA for providing not only a $10,000 sponsorship but for also partnering with us for an ongoing Education and Development series that included lunch and learns and an in-person workshop… Read More

ABC’s of Healthy Children Spring Event

On Saturday, April 15th, JLC Members hosted the ABCs of Healthy Children event at the Walmart on Forest Drive.  This is our annual, and sometimes bi-annual, shopping event for selected Richland One schools which also offers an opportunity to receive a free dental screening. Our members assisted 137 children and families while shopping and served… Read More

Deans & Peter Fawcett Recognized as Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year

The JLC is full of women who are building better communities. We love to highlight the SHEroes who have been nominated for their contributions. Sustainer, Deans Fawcett, alongside her husband Peter, was recently recognized by the AFP Central Carolina Chapter for Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year. The Fawcett family is proud to have been a… Read More

Women’s Heart Health Symposium with Jamie Scott Fitness

The Junior League’s Education & Development Committee teamed up with Jamie Scott Fitness to provide our members the opportunity to listen to experts in cardiology, nutrition, and fitness. This symposium focused on overall heart health. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of being an employee, mom, wife, daughter, friend, etc., and we forget… Read More

Affinity Group visits Power in Changing Nonprofit

On Saturday, February 18, the Junior League’s Women of Color Affinity Group members got together and volunteered at a local Black-woman-owned nonprofit, Power in Changing.  Fun fact, Power in Changing is the nonprofit of one of our League members, Ayanna White.  Power in Changing provides items to families experiencing financial hardships and diapers is just part of what is provided. Power… Read More

Affinity Group visits the USO SC

Aisha Jones and Kimberly Toogood, members of our Active Duty, Veterans, and Military Spouses Affinity Group, went to the USO (United Service Organizations) SC at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to learn more about its new programs and tour the newly renovated center and lounge. Kimberly Toogood is not only a military spouse but also an Air Force veteran, and Aisha… Read More