The Leaguer

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.

Little Black Dress Initiative 2020

Through this initiative Junior League of Peoria 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.

Be ready to join us August 31st through September 4th!

For the latest updates visit the JLP website.

LBDI Growth

The Fund Development team is looking to expand our reach for the 2020 campaign. If you know of organizations interested in partnering with the Junior League of Peoria to help bring awareness to poverty in Peoria let us know! LBDI Sponsorship / Partnerships can be customized to meet the organization's needs as our focus is increasing community engagement. This could include: monetary donations, in-kind donations, event space, advocate participation, and the list goes on. Please send any contacts you have to Melissa Kelch,


Recent events across the globe have brought us to a pivotal moment in history where we need to speak up for the values our organization believes in. The AJLI Board understands that it is important for us to listen, learn and engage. Conversations on race can be painful, hard and personal. It is more important than ever for us to be open, vulnerable and actively listening.

The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League. As affirmed by our member Junior Leagues, we are accelerating our efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues. When we do this, we unlock tremendous power for our communities and realize our vision of women around the world as catalysts for lasting change.

Where Do We Go From Here: The Next Steps

JLP is working on creating a new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team. The team will go through a detailed guide on how to track our progress as a League, make a commitment to DEI, embed DEI into our operations and member development and champion DEI outside of the League!

Any member who is interested in rolling out the DEI team should contact Rachel Austin,, by August 10th.

Art Grant for Sonar Tide Restoration

Some of our members were able to tour the exhibit "The sculpture of Ronald Bladen: Angle/Edge/Plane" at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. In 1983, a sculpture commissioned and paid for by the League was given to the city. It sits between Peoria City Hall and the Peoria Civic Center. That work, Sonar Tide, is considered Bladen's pivotal piece of public art. It evokes uplifting feelings of a positive rising tide.

Past JLP Presidents Joan Krupa and Sally Snyder were instrumental in making this gift to the city happen. They are partnering with the current board to restore and preserve the sculpture so that it is available for generations to come.

Sonar Tide | Ronald Bladen

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach committee has been busy these past few months ensuring those in need are being fed. The League partnered with a few local restaurants, including Avantis, Brasky’s, Barracks Catering, Cracked Pepper, and Fox Pub. We have the best partners and volunteers!

Thank you to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois for granting JLP two $5,000 grants from it's Disaster Emergency Funds. The first grant allows us to provide the grocery kits this summer. The second grant will let us expand Kids in the Kitchen in the Fall.

This summer, Christin Ferrall, Jessica Reyling, Kristal Roop Megan Krowlek, LaKeisha Faggett, Rachel Bradle, and SO many others have helped coordinate, shop, pack, and distribute 50 take home grocery bags complete with recipes for three of our community partners.

  • Dream Center: 23 grocery kits for 23 families with 50 kids represented

  • Neighborhood House: 16 grocery kits for 16 families with 20 kids represented

  • Glendale Commons: 11 grocery kits for 11 families with 24 kids represented

On Sunday, July 26, several members of the Junior League partnered with Phoenix Community Development and University of Illinois Extension to work on cleaning up the Community Gardens and planted several perennials and annuals to brighten the entrance to the garden!

Please reach out to Christin Ferrall,, if you are interested in helping with food security meal planning over the summer.

We're Hiring!

The Junior League of Peoria is in search of an energetic and highly organized individual to fill the role of Office Staff. With service, community, and leadership as core values of the Junior League, this position is rewarding both through promoting professionalism and personal development. If you know someone who enjoys helping others and being a catalyst for community change, they cab apply by emailing their cover letter and resume to or by mail to Junior League of Peoria, 114 State St #2a, Peoria, IL 61602. For any questions regarding the position, please contact Andrea Tortora at (513) 470-3631.

For more details on the job description, visit the JLP website.

Save the Date: Upcoming Events


  • 8/4: Member Training & Development; TBD
  • 8/25: Management Team Meeting at JLP HQ/Zoom @ 5:30 pm


  • 8/13: LBDI Advocacy Training via Zoom @ 6:30 pm
  • LBDI Week: August 30th - September 4th

Kids in the Kitchen:

  • Wednesday 7/29: Grocery Kit Assembly @ HQ @ 5PM

  • Thursday 7/30: Delivery @ Glendale New Hope Apartments, Dream Center, & Neighborhood House @ 12 pm

AJLI Webinars:

  • 7/29: Put it in Writing: Six Steps to Your League's Communication Plan @ 12 pm
  • 8/5: Dear New Normal... @ 12 pm

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

Claim Your Volunteer Points

If you are unable to attend the February GMM and would like to submit your activities, 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.