It is one thing to know that our Community Assistant Fund (CAF) Grants and community outreach goes to support local non-profits in our town, but it is another to see the impact firsthand.
Last month, I was invited to take a tour of The Reading Group, a non-profit organization celebrating 45 years of service in the Champaign-Urbana Community. During the tour of their offices and classrooms, located in The Village at the Crossing, the executive director Winnie Crowder educated me on the history of the organization and how JLCU has had a direct impact on their mission.
Founded by Urbana resident Marilyn Kay, The Reading Group is a program for students who require special assistance with reading above and beyond what they can get in the school system. Many students who suffer from dyslexia and other reading challenges can get lost in the schools and feel like they can never keep up with their peers.
The Reading Group offers special, affordable, one-on-one teaching and tutoring to students and adults who can overcome such challenges in as little as ten weeks with the right approach.
Winnie showed me the series of books that they were able to purchase for their library with the last CAF Grant they were awarded by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. The “Who is?”, “Who was?” and “What is?” books series are designed for those who are building their confidence as readers and JLCU has helped to purchase about 70 titles in the series.
She expressed her gratitude for the work that JLCU does to help smaller non-profits that don’t always have the same capacity for fundraising.
You can learn more about The Reading Group at www.readinggroup.org. If you are interested in working with them, they do have teaching positions open and they are looking for potential candidates to join their Board of Directors.
Spring applications for the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) grants are due by February 28, 2017! The goal of the CAF grant is to respond to financial needs of nonprofit organizations in our community. Please submit applications by filling out this form.
The CAF Committee will review all applications and notify each organization by March 30, 2017.
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.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana (JLCU) changed meeting locations this month and convened at the Urbana Early Childhood School – the location of JLCU’s Bright Starts program! Principal Vowels left a note thanking JLCU for their “unwavering support of early childhood education” and stated that JLCU’s commitment “not only has an immediate effect but will benefit the community in the future.” Continue reading JLCU October General Membership Meeting Recap→
Each fall and spring, the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana awards Community Assistance Fund (CAF) grants to non-profits in our area to help with financial needs related to our position statements. Our position statements focus on school readiness, child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, voluntarism, and women.
Fall applications are due by September 30, 2016, and can be completed online or downloaded and mailed to our office. Recipients will be notified by October 31, 2016.
For any questions, please contact Donna Cockburn, CAF Grants & Community Outreach Chair, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org