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August 2021 Newsletter

Message from the President

Dear Community Leaders, Friends, and Supporters, 


What a month it has been! Since beginning the 2021-22 League year, our members have certainly hit the ground running into #MassiveAction. I am proud to work alongside a team of passionate and driven women who are committed to serving our Tallahassee community. This summer, our volunteers put in extended hours of planning to ensure we deliver strategic and effective projects and partnerships that equitably serve children and families in our community. 

To kick-off the League year, JLT hosted the 25th Annual Kids’ Boutique Back-to-School shopping experience! Under the leadership of Past JLT President, Debbie Bergstrom-Breeze, JLT launched the Kids’ Boutique signature community project to provide Leon County elementary school students much-needed tangible items to begin the new school year with a sense of pride and strong self-esteem. It was truly an honor to celebrate our League’s legacy and make this year’s event extra special for a record number of 171 children. It was an extra special year for me since one of the Mom’s of the kids I shopped with texted me a picture of her son heading off to his first day of school this week! So special. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and donors - thank you for your continued support and contributions to our community impact. 

We have many exciting initiatives coming to fruition as we kick off the 2021-2022 League year. Not only did we hold a successful 25th Annual Kids Boutique, we also started the painting of the “Project Daring” Mural in Downtown Tallahassee and we can't wait until the unveiling! 

Cheers to the school year beginning and the League year kicking off strong. May this season bring many blessings to you and your families!

#MassiveAction #LeadOn


Katie Britt Williams 

JLT President 2021-2022

Celebrating 25 Years of Kids' Boutique

On Sunday, August 8th the Junior League of Tallahassee hosted the 25th Kids’ Boutique Back-to-School shopping experience serving a total of 171 Leon County elementary school students. Each participating child and their families were joined by a JLT volunteer who helped them pick out shoes, clothing essentials, and a backpack filled with classroom supplies for the upcoming school year. This year was made extra special with the support of our local elected officials, school leadership, community partners, and generous sponsors and donors.

JLT is proud to have served Leon County elementary school children for 25 years through this signature project and with the increased need due to the pandemic, JLT is grateful to be able to continue and expand this service for our community.

JLT Fills Backpacks for Students

In preparation for JLT’s 25th Annual Kids’ Boutique on Sunday, August 8, 2021, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies for the nearly 200 elementary students attending the event. JLT works directly with guidance counselors at Leon County elementary schools to identify children in need of essential clothes, shoes, and school supplies. These items will provide a tangible way to help children in the Tallahassee community start the 2021-2022 school year off strong. 

Annual Report

As we prepare for another eventful League year, we are proud to reflect on the impact made in the 2020-21 League year through the development of our Annual Report. We encourage our partners and sponsors to take a moment to review this report to see how YOU help make a difference in our community.

Summer Splash Day

JLT members and the children at Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s HOPE Community beat the heat this summer with a fun splash day. The kids and volunteers had a great time tossing water balloons, playing on the slip 'n slide, wading in the paddling pools, and cooling off with some sweet popsicles. 


Big Bend Homeless Coalition's HOPE Community provides emergency shelter to families with minor children and works to end family homelessness by providing residents with tools for employment and education, assistance with housing options, and access to supportive services. Visit to learn more about this community partner doing amazing work for children and families in our community.

Super Saturday

The new member team welcomed 50+ new members at the Governors Club for new member orientation, known as Super Saturday. Super Saturday is a morning of immersion into the mission of JLT and provides insight into our community partners and what to expect throughout the year. New members also enjoyed fun team-building and icebreaker activities and a keynote address from JLT President Katie Britt Williams.

CCYS Happy Motoring Fundraiser

This summer, JLT President Katie Britt Williams joined guest bartenders Lauren Kelly-Manders and Daniel Gidaro at Happy Motoring to support our Jill Pope Community Partner, Capital City Youth Services (CCYS). Proceeds and tips from the event went directly to support CCYS programming for youth in our community. 

Since 1993, CCYS has worked with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth to alleviate issues and strengthen families. When youth or families have a problem, CCYS works to understand their needs and develop a plan to do best to serve them. Visit to learn more about the work CCYS is doing in the Tallahassee community.

JLT Teen Board Recruitment
JLT Teen Board offers high school age junior and senior women from local high schools a foundation of service and leadership by providing them with the opportunity for community involvement and to enhance their leadership, advocacy, and fundraising skills. Members will receive training from JLT members and community leaders and will have the benefit of interacting with other young women their age from across the community.
2019-2020 Teen Board members help Leon County elementary school children shop for new school clothes at the 23rd Annual Kids’ Boutique.
Father's Day Bike Ride

JLT volunteers helped out at the annual Omega Lamplighters Father's Day Bike Ride, a ten-mile bike ride that helps to raise funds for programming and infrastructure for the mentoring program.

Founded in 2008 by two brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Omega Lamplighters is a youth leadership organization for young men in grades four through twelve. The mission is to empower secondary aged youth with academic and social skills, community connections, and progressive opportunities necessary to ensure their roles as active, educated, and responsible citizens. Visit to learn more about this organization doing great work in our community.

Done in a Day (DIAD) is a series of concentrated projects that provide volunteer mobilization and funding for community-based events on a short-term basis. JLT partners with other non-profit organizations to help execute community projects that have a significant impact in the Tallahassee area. If you have a short-term volunteer need that ties in with the JLT’s mission, you can learn more and fill out an application on our website.
Support JLT! 
Partnerships, Sponsorships & Donations
To aid us in our mission of improving the lives of children and families in the Tallahassee area, JLT relies on the generosity of sponsorships and donations to enhance our community impact. When an organization financially supports the League, we support the organization in return by valuable recognition and exposure to both our members and the general public through online and in-person channels. The League consistently fosters strong partnerships with our sponsors, and we would love to work with you or your organization next!

To learn more about how you can become a JLT Sponsor, please click here to review our sponsorship or email Nicole Okken at  for more information.

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