Sacramento’s Best Kept Secret

by Bernice Creager

Ever heard of Sacramento’s Children’s Receiving Home? Or visited a place called Fairytale Town? Did you attend the best Wine & Dine Event at Raley Field in August? Then you too have been in on the secret without even knowing.

According to its website, the Sacramento Junior League (JLS for those of us who’ve drank the Kool-Aid) 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.”

As a new member of the League, I am here to give you the skinny and share the top five reasons why you should join:

1.         WE ARE EVERYWHERE

The JLS has been part of nearly every volunteer effort in Sacramento from the creation of the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home and Fairytale Town in the early 1940s, to establishing the Sacramento Regional Arts Council and most recently, the Sacramento Children’s Museum.

2.         PAY IT FORWARD

While it is a bit cliché to hear that it is better to give than to receive, it really is true. This year, as a new member, I had the chance to spend a day at the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home and help with their Halloween Festival. We cooked hot dogs for the kids, handed out candy, and I even tried to get them to drink more milk. It was so rewarding to see these kids smile that I nearly forgot I needed to get home to let my own fur child out.

3.         NO CLAWS ALLOWED

When you first attend a JLS mixer or general meeting, the first thing you notice is how nice everyone is, and I mean NICE. There is none of that smile while you are watching and roll your eyes when you are not kind of situation. While it is nearly impossible to learn and remember every one’s name, you will never walk into an event, general meeting or volunteer shift without at least a smile to greet you and make you feel welcomed.

4.         FIND YOUR NEW BFF

You will hear over and over that many of the members found some of their best friends in this organization. The environment of the JLS is such that it brings women from all paths of life. There is a social group for a wide range of hobbies, from cooking and running, to reading and watching chick flicks so you don’t have to hear your significant other mock you the entire time.

5.         WE ARE AWESOME

The work of the JLS has made huge strides in our community to empower women, help children and make Sacramento a better place. In just the past two years, we have started community gardens in areas formerly labeled as food deserts. But we also know how to have a good time. We have social events and happy hours throughout the year and there is something for everyone.

  • Want to learn more? We are holding a mixer on Wednesday, January 8th, at 6:00 pm at Total Wine on Arden Way, so please join us to meet current JLS members and get your questions answered.
  • Ready to sign up? Click here for the application and new member event dates: http://www.jlsac.org/?nd=involved.
  • Our next new member class is starting in January, and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Guest blogger Bernice Creager was born in Mexico City and moved to California at age 10. She lived in Salinas and moved to Sacramento in 2003 to attend CSU Sacramento where she graduated with a degree in Government and English. She currently works for Marketplace Communications, and she is passionate about media relations, in particular Latino Outreach. She is married to her high school sweetheart, David, and lives in the Woodlake Neighborhood of Sacramento with her four-legged baby, Sparta.

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