The definition of sustain is: to maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish. And that’s just what JLT Sustainers do for our League. For many League members, transitioning from Active to Sustainer status marks not the end of their commitment to their League and the community they serve, but rather a new beginning.
As part of our mission, Junior League of Tacoma trains its volunteers, not only to participate in and lead League activities, but to assume leadership positions in the community. Our Sustainers have built a legacy that can be seen almost anywhere in our city, and of that we can be proud. Many Sustainers serve as representatives on the boards of non-profits throughout Pierce County. Sustainers represent an enormous “talent reserve” for non-profit organizations as well as the League itself. There’s a huge amount of experience, talent, and history that Actives can tap into as we work to improve our community.
In addition to their work in the greater Tacoma community, many Sustainers remain actively involved in League work. They serve as mentors and advisors to Active Member and participate on Active committees and councils, help staff League projects, and engage in League fundraising.
We always remember the women who came before us, who put many things in motion that allow us to make the impact we do today. When we want to know what’s been done before or to ensure we don’t reinvent the wheel, when we need advice on best practices, or we want the history of a project or fundraiser, we just ask a Sustainer.