JLCU Awards Fall 2016 Community Assistance Fund Grants to Local Groups

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Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grants are awarded twice per year to organizations and groups in the Champaign-Urbana area who demonstrate need and whose missions align with JLCU focus areas. JLCU focus areas include literacy, school preparedness, women, health and hunger, and child protection and welfare.

In October, we announced the seven recipients of a total of $1,750 in CAF grants.

The recipients are: Continue reading JLCU Awards Fall 2016 Community Assistance Fund Grants to Local Groups


Just a sampling of some of our beautiful trees and wreaths displayed at this year’s Festival of Trees.

The 21st Annual Festival of Trees (FOT) weekend was a great success! A variety of events were hosted on Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. Continue reading FESTIVAL OF TREES WEEKEND WRAP UP!

Holiday Message from JLCU President, Jen Romine


Happy Holidays! It is hard to believe that December is already here. The beginning of the Junior League year has flown by! I am so thankful for leading such a wonderful organization of women who make a huge impact in our community. Every day I am in awe of what our members do both within our organization and outside of Junior League to make an impact in this community.

Looking back, in the past 6 months, we have moved office space, hosted two successful fundraisers, provided CAF grants to seven community organizations and continued to make an impact through League Locker, Kids in the Kitchen, and Bright Starts.

In 2017, I look forward to welcoming AJLI trainer Vicki Clark to Champaign-Urbana in February, an upgrade in our website, the activation of our large new member class and the continued impact of our community projects!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy 2017!

Jen Romine, 2016-2017 JLCU President

Member Spotlight: President Jennifer Romine

JLCU 2016-2017 President, Jennifer Romine

Meet your 2016-2017 JLCU president, Jen Romine!

Jen first joined Junior League more than a decade ago when she was in graduate school as a way to meet women in the Champaign-Urbana area and learn more about the community. “I was in political science, a male-dominated degree program,” she explained. “I wanted to get more involved in the community and not be so isolated over at the [University of Illinois].” Continue reading Member Spotlight: President Jennifer Romine