Our First General Members Meeting of the 85th year of JLCU opened with music, refreshments, a group photo, and candy… and that’s just the beginning!
SPOTLIGHT ON TRAINING Cheryl Mitchell shared a valuable lesson with us entitled “the Outside In” about discovering our “why” and strategies for approaching change in the coming League year.
Our DIAM raised over $400 and a huge box of art supplies for the Crisis Nursery – so the year is off to a great start!
CAF Grant applications were due Oct 1, 2017. The goal of the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) is to respond to the financial needs of nonprofit organizations, specifically for programs and projects related to Junior League of Champaign-Urbana position statements. These position statements outline the focus of JLCU’s focus areas, including child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, voluntarism, and women.
GENERAL BUSINESS Festival of Trees update SPOLIER … it is going to be EPIC! Reserve November 17th -19th this year for Daddy Daughter Dance, Breakfast with Santa, and the Festival of Trees Gala to benefit Crisis Nursery sponsored by Clark Lindsey Village. All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.
SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP We welcomed a class of 23 provisional members (and as of press time an additional 4 have joined our 2017-2018 class)! We are excited for them to embark on this new adventure with us!
It was awesome to hear from January Boten and Jen Romine as they shared their experiences producing and acting in “The Vagina Monologues” this summer to benefit the Courage Connection. Beth Peralta (VP of Communications) updated us on hashtags (#JLCU and #JLCUrepresents) to use on social media as well. We even took selfies of our tables to practice.
We honored many Shining Stars that have worked hard this summer! Congratulations!
SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY We took an opportunity to write to our state senators, representatives, and governor to urge them to fund the Crisis Nursery as they committed to during prior to the state budget crisis.
Thank you to Northwestern Mutual for sponsoring our first meeting at the Hawthorne Suites.
Make sure you mark your calendars for everything going on in the coming year – there is so much to look forward to in 2017-2018!
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.
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
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!