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!