JLCU Feature | CAF Grants

So what exactly are CAF Grants? CAF stands for Community Assistance Fund (CAF). These grants respond to the financial needs of many nonprofit organizations in Champaign-Urbana.

Why is CAF important to JLCU? CAF grants specifically are geared towards programs that are related to JLCU’s focus areas that include: child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, volunteerism, and women.

The Spring 2015 CAF Grant Recipients were awarded to the following organizations for their causes:

  • The Reading Group was awarded $400 for children’s nooks for older children who read below their grade level.
  • Dream Girls Academy was awarded $950 for curriculum for girls’ 6th grade+ to foster life-long learning and the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Girls on the Run (Stephens Family YMCA) was awarded $140 for curriculum books designed to help girls grades 3 through 5 with life skills.

Previous recipients include: Carrie Busey Elementary School PTA, Crisis Nursery, The GOALS Project, Family Advocacy in Champaign County, Student Opportunities for After School Resources, The Center for Women in Transition, and SmileHealthy for a variety of projects and programs related to JLCU’s focus areas.

The Fall 2015 CAF Grants Application is now available! Applications are due on September 30, 2015. The CAF Committee will be reviewing submissions and organizations will be notified by October 31st.

We look forward to reviewing submissions!

JLCU Member Making History In Champaign County


The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana would like to recognize member, Rhonda Coleman, for recently being named Champaign County’s newest associate Judge. Rhonda is making history in Champaign County, as she will be the first African African-American jurist and will be the fifth woman to serve as a Champaign County judge.

Rhonda currently serves as the branch supervisor for the Urbana office of the U.S. attorney for the Central District. She has prosecuted a variety of criminal matters, including tax code violations, bank fraud, drugs and weapons cases.

Rhonda is currently on the JLCU Community Impact Council serving as a committee member of the Kids In The Kitchen Committee.  JLCU partners with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls club to put on a childhood obesity initiative that emphasizes nutrition education. Kids in the Kitchen is a series of events that will be held throughout the school year.

Rhonda is also a board member of Girls on the Run Champaign County, a group that motivates young girls to be self-confident and healthy through running.

JLCU would like to wish Rhonda well as she takes on her new position and would like to thank her for her dedication to to the Champaign-Urbana community.