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Junior League of Peoria

Our women are the force that makes change happen.

The work we do, the leadership we provide is life changing to individual members and our community. Our voice is an opportunity to own that position.
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Little Black Dress Initiative 2020

August 31st - September 4th

Through this initiative, JLP Members and the community come together to increase awareness on food insecurity in our area.

LBDI Advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a person’s access to resources, confidence, and professional opportunities.

Beyond advocating on increasing food security, the Junior League of Peoria develops Kids in the Kitchen programs that bring nutritional education, resources, and meals to children and their families. In addition, JLP strategically supports local food pantries, specifically in the quest to provide more nutritious options. An alternative method in which the League addresses Food Insecurity is through Community Gardens in Food Deserts.

This year we have an LBDI goal of raising $10,000 to continue our work in providing nutritional education in the Peoria community.

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To learn more about events happening during this year's LBDI week, visit the Junior League of Peoria Facebook page here. With yoga, brews, and bingo, you won't want to miss it!

For additional updates, visit the JLP website.

25 Women in Leadership Class of '20

“Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you." ~Taylor Swift

Congratulations to our President, Andrea Totora and Executive Vice President Elect, Jessica Reyling on their selection to the WEEK 25 News' “25 Women in Leadership” class of 2020 ! Their leadership and passion for community service is so inspiring and we’re proud to have them as leaders of our organization.

Check out the links below to watch their interview and read more about what Andrea and Jessica have done to help our great community.

Kids in the Kitchen Filming

Lights, Camera, Action!

The Community Outreach Committee has been working to revamp our traditional Kids in the Kitchen progam to a virtual platform! In our efforts to revamp, we've decided to create cooking videos of our members creating our recipes to add to our grocery kits!

Visit the JLP Facebook page and the JLP Calendar for the latest updates on volunteer opportunities.

Sow to Grow Community Garden

JLP members led weekly Kids in the Kitchen sessions in the community garden this summer. The Sow to Grow garden at Glendale Commons teaches children and families how to grow healthy food and how to use and prepare it. We've made everything from cucumber salad to dips to black bean hummus.

The children really enjoy learning about the different vegetables and flowers and herbs.

If you haven't been to the garden yet, please join us at an

Open House in the Sow to Grow Community Garden - September 17

Sow to Grow Community Garden Open House

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 5-6:30pm

706 Wayne Street

Peoria, IL

Phoenix Community Development Services and the Junior League of Peoria are hosting an Open House in the Sow to Grow Community Garden, located at 706 Wayne Street in Peoria, on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. A short program will be held at 5:45 pm.

This outdoor event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come see how the garden grows! Guests are asked to practice social distancing and to wear face masks.

The Sow to Grow Garden was established in the spring of 2019 with goals of improving access to healthy, fresh food in the heart of one of Peoria’s food deserts and to providing ongoing education to empower residents of Phoenix Community Development Services’ Glendale Commons housing with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy food choices for life. The purpose of the Open House is to recognize and celebrate the many community collaborators whose support made the project possible, including the Junior League of Peoria, the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, the City of Peoria and many others.

The Sculpture of Ronald Bladen Tour at the Peoria River Front Museum

On August 26th, an in-person/virtual guided tour of the Angle/Edge/Plane exhibit was led by the Peoria Riverfront Museum's CEO John Morris and Curator Bill Conger. Exhibit sponsors Joan and Sharon Amdall and Dan and Jamie Anderson Van Buskirk (the Van Buskirks constructed Sonar Tide) also were in attendance.

Member and Training Development

Stay tuned for online training and mentor recruitment!

Claim Your Volunteer Points

To submit your activities, please send an email to with your volunteer information.

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

LBDI Week: August 30th - September 4th

  • 8/29 | All Day: Fox Pub & Cafe Saturday Spotlight! - Order ahead or dine in any time on Saturday August 29th at the Fox Pub & Cafe and a portion of all food sales will go back to the LBDI Campaign.

  • 8/30 | 7 PM: [SOLD OUT] Sunset Yoga @ Kickapoo Creek Winery with Soulside Healing Arts

  • 8/31 | Ongoing: Bearded Owl LBDI Sponsored Beer - Purchase the special LBDI Bearded Owl Hefeweizen beer throughout LBDI week and a protion of sales will go back to JLP! Details available soon. Pick up a beer or get a crowler to go!

  • 8/31 | Ongoing: Nailed It! @ Crafted DIY Bar - Take home customized LBDI project and cocktail! Orders to be placed 5 days prior to pick-up. ALSO a portion of all in-studio drink sales for the month of August will go towards LBDI.

  • 9/1 | 6 PM: General Membership Meeting & Little Free Pantry Food Drive - The September GMM will focus on the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) and JLP is collecting food pantry donations to benefit food insecurity. Follow our Facebook event for drop off locations.

Additional information on the dates, times, and locations of each event can be found by following the Junior League of Peoria on Facebook.


  • 9/1: General Membership Meeting via Zoom @ 6 PM

Don't forget to check the internal calendar for more upcoming events, webinars, meetings, and trainings!

About Us

Promoting voluntarism; developing the potential of women; improving communities – the Junior League of Peoria has been collaborating, problem-solving and driving change in the Peoria area for 80 years.