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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.

JLP Celebrates the 2nd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative

Peoria is home to the 2nd most economically distressed zip code in Illinois and the 48th most economically distressed zip code in the nation. You can help the Junior League of Peoria change this devastating fact through the Little Black Dress Initiative.

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a campaign that uses the iconic image of a little black dress to bring awareness to the effects that poverty has on society, including in our own community. LBDI Advocates will wear the same black dress or outfit for the week-long campaign along with a button encouraging others to ask about their outfit. This small gesture illustrates the lack of resources and options that face families who live in poverty. Additionally, participants reflect daily on their social media platforms for additional reach and education.

Various events will take place from September 7th-13th to help raise awareness about poverty through LBDI. Events will include:

Saturday, 9/7 | 9 AM – 10:30 AM
Yoga for All @ Soulside Healing Arts
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Sunday, 9/8 | 11 AM – 2 PM
Brunch for a Cause at Industry Brewing
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Monday, 9/9 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Adult’s Kids in the Kitchen @ Sous Chef Grocery Store
Come learn to prepare a healthy meal full of summertime veggies and take some home with you.
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Wednesday, 9/11 | 5 PM – 7 PM
Happy Hour Social @ Hult Center for Healthy Living

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Thursday, 9/12 | 4 PM – 7 PM
Paint Night Social @ FiredUP
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Friday, 9/13 | 7:30 AM – 9 AM
Coffee Social @ Zion Coffee Bar

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Additional information on the dates, times, and locations of each event can be found online or by visiting Facebook.

LBDI Advocate Training + Social

JLP is offering an LBDI Advocate training on August 29th at 5:30PM in order to detail what it means to participate in the Little Black Dress Initiative with the Junior League of Peoria. We'll also be distributing LBDI ‘Ask Me’ buttons.

The training will take place at the Junior League Headquarters, located at 114 State St., Suite 2A, Peoria, IL 61602.

September General Membership Meeting + LBDI Fill a Pantry Drive

The kickoff meeting for the 2019-2020 League year will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at Mt. Hawley Country Club from 6:00-7:30PM. Ensure your attendance by signing up via Member Essentials. Appetizers will be provided, courtesy of Past Presidents Amanda Campbell and Abby Clark, as well as a cash bar.

The September GMM will focus on the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) and JLP is collecting food pantry donations towards to benefit food insecurity. Please bring your donations to the GMM on September 10. Suggested items are:
- applesauce
- canned beans
- canned meat
- crackers
- dried herbs and spices
- granola bars
- instant mashed potatoes
- nuts
- pasta
- peanut butter
- rice
- whole grain cereal
- canned soup
- single servings of mac & cheese and Chef Boyardee

Claim Your Volunteer Points

If you would like to submit your activities throughout the summer, please send an email to with your volunteer information!

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.