Past Projects

The Junior League of Fort Myers has more than 50 years of exciting past projects. Take a look at some of the historical programs implemented by the Junior League. Since 1966, the Junior League of Fort Myers has contributed more than one million volunteer hours to community projects and programs.

Through the decades timeline, the JLFM has made major contributions to Southwest Florida to support a wide variety of community needs including:

1960s:
1966 – Suitcase Symphony Lectures in Schools
1967 – Volunteer Service Bureau Founded (then Volunteer Action Center- now known as Volunteer Center)
1969 – Junior Museum & Planetarium founded (now: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium)

1970s:
1974 – Lee Chapter, Ringling Art Museum began
1975 – Edison Community College Book Scholarship begun
1977 – Junior Museum Gift Shop begun
1978 – ECC Juried Art Show established
1979 – High School Juried Art Show begun

1980s:
1980 – Ballet Royal Productions of “Nutcraker Suite” for Fouth and Fifth Graders
1981 – Lee County Alliance for the Arts Outdoor Stage involvement and support
1982 – Indian Village at Nature Center started
1983 – Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall involvment
1983 – support Guardian Ad Litem Program
1984 – Burroughs Home Restoration involvement
1984 – support Underwriting of PBS TV & Radio Programs
1985 – Publication of Gulfshore Delights Cookbook
1987 – Established Enabling of Mini-Grants
1988 – Produced Historical Film “Caloosahatchee Reflections”

1990s:
1990 – Built Project: PLAY Coalition Playground in Velasco Village
1991 – Ronald McDonald House of SWFL support of seed money to build house
1992 – Environmental Exposition begun
1992 – Teen Court
1996 – The Women’s Resource Center

It has also been active in feeding the hungry in the five-county area through the food drive at the annual Taste of the Town (which was sunset as of November 2018), mentoring teenage girls in foster care, supporting self defense for women, preparing women to re-enter the workforce, creating a listening library for cancer patients, preserving historic architecture, supporting the Ronald McDonald House, distributing Holiday food baskets, organizing holiday gift drives, providing gender-specific programming to teenage girls in juvenile justice, supplying backpacks to children in Harlem Heights Community and more.