This has been Pasadena’s blue-blood philanthropic organization since its founding in 1926—but it ain’t your mother’s Junior League. While today’s group still has plenty of country-club gals as members, it also has working women, and Junior Leaguers are increasingly diverse. Famed for its superb cookbooks (like the classic California Heritage), this group also raises money through a lavish fashion show, and it trains volunteers to go out in the community and make a difference. After several years of setting up self-sustaining programs for James Madison Elementary School, it is now focusing on programs for middle-school girls in the San Gabriel Valley.
Social services | 149 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena, 626.796.0244, jrleaguepasadena.org.