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Match for Courage

Courage Connection Matching Campaign

Where do you turn when you feel like you don’t have any place to turn? When your family isn’t there, your friends won’t understand, and you still have to take care of your kids – in the midst of difficult circumstances? For many women in Champaign County, the answer has been Courage Connection, but due to the State of Illinois’s failure to pass a budget, the Courage Connection remains on the brink of closing.

This is where Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is stepping up and stepping in along with current and former board members of Courage Connection. Together we have created a $50,000 matching gift fund called Match for Courage to support its mission of providing housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence.

Starting June 12th, all monetary donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Donations can be sent to 508 E. Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820 or made online here.

Courage Connection provides support, shelter and service: 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, transitional housing, job readiness programs, parenting education, children’s programs, safety planning, and more, and we have the opportunity to help see these services continue.

“We are honored to be able to work with Courage Connection and support them at this crucial time,” said Jenette Jurczyk, president of JLCU. “Junior League has been serving the Champaign-Urbana community for 85 years and has been part of the creation of so many organizations that supply such important services to women and families. We cannot stand by and watch as Courage Connection faces the risk of closing their doors. As a long-standing supporter and partner of this institution, we are choosing to step up and participate in this $50,000 donation campaign with matching funds.”

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has been a long-time partner and supporter of Courage Connection, from its earlier days as The Women’s Emergency Shelter of Champaign County and A Center for Women in Transition. JLCU’s mission includes a commitment to programs that work towards the elimination of domestic violence and support shelters for children and families. JLCU has also supplied grant money and volunteers to support Courage Connection throughout its evolution and has created, funded and supported programs for its residents and children.

Thank you for your consideration of support as we seek to make the Champaign/Urbana community the best it can be for ALL of its residents.

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And That’s a Wrap ! – May JLCU General Membership Meeting Recap

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Congratulations on another amazing year in Junior League!

Our May General Membership Meeting and Annual Dinner was full of laughter, thanks, and recognition of amazing women in our community and League. It was truly a night for celebrating women in all stages of life: from those graduating high school to our own members becoming JLCU sustaining members.

Continue reading And That’s a Wrap ! – May JLCU General Membership Meeting Recap

JLCU Member Spotlight: Erin Tarr

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Erin Tarr

If you don’t know Erin Tarr yet, you’re missing out; she has big plans and even more enthusiasm!

Erin joined Junior League last summer after Jenette Jurczyk, our president-elect, told her about the organization. “It immediately connected that this would be the best fit for me since I am all about women lifting up and encouraging other women.” Continue reading JLCU Member Spotlight: Erin Tarr

JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

Members were welcomed to the monthly membership meeting by our president, Jennifer Romine. Minutes from March were approved and will be posted on the website for members to review. Continue reading JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

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Thank you to all the members who attending presentations and events with Vicki Clark last month. We hope she left you feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to work!


Look at What You’ve Accomplished!

Do you remember our September meeting?
We wrote down goals for our year in Junior League, and next month at the April General Membership meeting, they will be returned to you to see if we’ve accomplished our goals. JLCU’s goal was to keep you informed and excited about Junior League. Do you think we have been successful? Continue reading JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

JLCU Vicki Clark Training Recap

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana was in for a treat during the week of our February membership meeting. We hosted the fantastic speaker and trainer, Vicki Clark, for a series of sessions focused on being effective leaders for JLCU and our larger community.

Hearing Vicki speak about the Junior League experiences was really inspiring and motivating.  She represents the type of thinking that has helped this 116 year old organization evolve and remain relevant.  She definitely helped us understand where we have room for improvement as an organization and as individual members.  I believe our League will continue to grow thanks to her positive influence. – Jenette Jurczyk, JLCU President-Elect

 

You can check out the individual PowerPoint presentations here (note: you must be logged-in as a member to view):

11 Commandments of Wildly Successful Women

Superior Investment in You

Journey of Leadership

2017 Community Impact Presentation

2017 Fund Development Presentation

Desired Outcomes Worksheet

Thank you again for the amazing sessions, Vicki! We are all excited to see where our new knowledge and skills can take JLCU into next year and beyond.

JLCU Advocacy Training and Personal Development Conference Recap

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Keynote Speaker, Judge Ronda Holliman, at JLCU Advocacy Training and Personal Development Conference

On January 28, 2017, the Public Affairs and Advocacy committee held its annual Advocacy Training and Personal Development Conference (also known as Training Boot Camp) at the Champaign Public Library. Continue reading JLCU Advocacy Training and Personal Development Conference Recap