Our History

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC), founded 95 years ago, has a history rich in service to the Charlotte area. It all began in 1926, when 30 trailblazing women answered a calling to provide support for local children and families in need, to patron the arts and to advocate for education. From the Charlotte Nature Museum to Discovery Place to the Levine Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center, the League has left a legacy of service, dedication and compassion. Today, with more than 1,600 members and 15,000 hours of community service on an annual basis, the JLC continues to make its mark all over the Charlotte community.

Fun facts about the Junior League of Charlotte’s history:

  • More than 1.6 million volunteer hours within the Charlotte community
  • More than $13.7 million in contributions to the Charlotte community
  • Significant personal impacts through numerous projects, including:
    • The JLC WearHouse
    • The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
    • Discovery Place
    • The Charlotte Nature Museum
    • Baby Home
    • The Council for Children’s Rights
    • Charlotte Speech & Hearing
    • Thompson Child Development Center
    • Levine Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center
    • Reid Park Academy Community School


September 13, 2010 was designated by the City of Charlotte as Junior League of Charlotte Day.

Read more about each year in the history of the JLC:  Here