Welcome to League Life Blog

Welcome to the launch of Junior League of Champaign-Urbana’s League Life Blog. To enhance the Junior League experience and use social media to engage and inform our members and the community, we are turning our once quarterly report into a regular blog. We hope to provide readers with a snapshot of what’s happening in JLCU and our involvement in the community. We welcome members, sustainers, community partners, donors, fellow organizations, media and the community at large to join us as we share the best that Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has to offer.

Members, this blog will keep you informed on upcoming events and share stories and pictures of the great work our committees are doing. So, subscribe now, and check back often. And remember to share your experiences and photos with the communications committee.

We want not just to showcase the work that the League is doing as a whole, but to highlight our members who are making news and making a difference in the community. Each member of League is essential to the function and success of the organization and the community needs to know about all our achievements.

We hope members of the community will come to learn Junior League is about more than a Festival of Trees and more than a bunch of ladies talking about making an impact… and instead, how JLCU is changing lives every day in the greater Champaign-Urbana area and we mean business!

This past year, Books by the Bushel stocked the shelves of 40 area libraries with more than 300 books in Champaign, Urbana and Mahomet. Junior League Locker served 445 teachers with $30,000 worth of school supplies to provide their students with the tools they need to learn. Kids in the Kitchen educated dozens of families and children about the importance of physical fitness and nutrition. From September, 2013 – May, 2014, Junior League of CU donated almost $3,000 to organizations and schools striving to improve the education of our children. To read our entire 2014 Annual Report, click here.

Junior League spent the past two years identifying the most serious needs still facing our community and together with Urbana Early Childhood School, is getting ready to launch Junior League Bright Starts. This program will offer pre-school age children – who are waitlisted to other programs – and their families an opportunity to experience the classroom and receive materials to prepare the children for the kindergarten years.

Members of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana have been volunteering their time and talent and have been around for over 82 years, making a lasting impact on this community. Many of our projects have become independent entities continuing to serve the community. Many people do not realize that institutions like Crisis Nursery and Backpack Buddies with the Eastern Illinois Food Bank were launched by the dedicated women of JLCU.

This is sure to be the start of another amazing year with JLCU and our new blog will keep you updated on all the exciting news along the way. We hope you enjoy the JLCU League Life Blog and that you will continue to follow us. For more information, feel free to go to our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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About JLCU

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

As one of the 293 members of the Association of Junior Leagues, International, the resources and influence of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana extend beyond our local community to state, national and international levels. Headquartered in New York, the Association includes Leagues from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain and represents over 193,000 volunteers.

Our volunteer efforts focus on women and children in our community. The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana provides ongoing and diversified training experiences for our membership through community service, seminars, leadership opportunities, mentoring and the development of organizational skills.

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana develops and participates in projects, educational programs, conferences, and advocacy efforts in areas where needs are unmet and existing resources are minimal. JLCU has often been a front runner and a catalyst in addressing the emerging issues of the day. Projects begun by JLCU offer community partners administrative guidance, strategic planning, volunteer support, and financial resources. Once a project or program is successfully established, it is frequently turned over to the community partners for continued action in the community.

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