Annual Campaign

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
~Winston Churchill

  • Childhood obesity is currently the leading health concern among parents in the U.S. Saginaw was reported to have the worst diet and exercise habits in the state (according to a 2014 county health rankings report).

  • To help with this growing community concern, the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region has recently adopted Kids Run The Nation (KRTN). KRTN is an-after school running program designed for children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Since 2013, it has been implemented in 7 schools in Saginaw County with over 300 participants each year.

  • KRTN provides an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills about exercise and healthy eating.

  • With your support, we hope to expand the program throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and continue our focus on promoting a healthy self-esteem and self-image in children through physical fitness.

  • The Junior League has been supporting the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1929 and has given over 2 million dollars to local community projects. Here are a few recent examples:

    • Donated $30,000 to help design and build a new playground at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.

    • Donated $40,000 to start the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program at the CAN Council of Saginaw County.

    • Advocated for the 21-bill human trafficking package that was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on October 16, 2014.

    • Continually train our membership to become board members, non-profit executives, appointed/elected officials, and leaders in our community.


Note: many companies match employee charitable gifts. Check with your HR Department to see if your employer will contribute to your personal donation!

To donate, go HERE and select 2018 Annual Campaign.