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JLKD welcomes transferring members

AURORA, Ill. (June 19, 2018)— The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is pleased to announce the following members have transferred their membership to JLKD.

These women have all been members and leaders in another League, some even multiple Leagues, and we are excited to integrate their good ideas and experience into JLKD. We are thrilled to see so many who have jumped into leadership roles after a short time in our League.

We are excited to welcome the following members: Kristyn Cegielski of Naperville, Christine Doellinger of Hinsdale, Karen Hossfeld of Oswego, Pamela King of Aurora, Aubrey Southall of Downers Grove, Lateefah Stanford of Naperville, Anna Mary Walker of Geneva, Bridgette Walshe of South Elgin and Amy Zook of Roselle.

One of the benefits of The Junior League is the ability to transfer membership as women relocate. While all Leagues have their own focus and culture, each League is focused on the same mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving their communities. We are honored to welcome these women into our membership and excited to watch their journeys.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLKD works to improve the lives of women and children 0-5 who live in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties. We focus our efforts of programs, direct service and advocacy on the areas of nutrition and health, early childhood education, and family stability and shelter. JLKD partners with a strong network of area service agencies and schools in the surrounding area to expand our impact within our communities. For more information, visit jlkd.orgfacebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

New Sustainers

JLKD congratulates our newly sustaining members

AURORA, Ill. (June 1, 2018)— The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is pleased to honor our 2018 members transferring to a sustaining status.

These sustaining members have given a minimum of five years of service to Junior League and all have contributed extensively to the betterment of our organization. We are grateful for their service to date and look forward to continued engagement in their new sustainer roles.

The newly sustaining members are composed of five talented and generous women, dedicated to voluntarism:  Nichole Consol of Elgin, Megan Jorgensen of Naperville, Elizabeth Nelson of Naperville, Abigail Poyser of Elmhurst and Sue Wilson of Naperville.

These sustaining members have given a minimum of five years of service to Junior League and all have contributed extensively to the betterment of our organization. They have held leadership roles, including Board level positions, led teams, organized member driven events, engaged with our community partners and so much more. Many of them have served in multiple leagues. We are grateful for their service to date and look forward to continued engagement in their new sustainer roles.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLKD works to improve the lives of women and children 0-5 who live in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties. We focus our efforts of programs, direct service and advocacy on the areas of nutrition and health, early childhood education, and family stability and shelter. JLKD partners with a strong network of area service agencies and schools in the surrounding area to expand our impact within our communities. For more information, visit jlkd.orgfacebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

New Members

JLKD welcomes our 2018 active members

AURORA, Ill. (June 1, 2018)— The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is pleased to announce its our new active members for 2018.

New members will join JLKD in their ongoing efforts to improve the lives of local at-risk youth in the community by promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving our communities.

The newly active members are composed of seven accomplished women, dedicated to voluntarism:  Amber Bennett of Glen Ellyn, Ciera Chancellor of Elgin, Lydia Davies of Naperville, Jenna Kuhar of Montgomery, Meredith Odierna of Naperville, Vanessa Reynolds of St. Charles and Allison Zipper of Elmhurst.

In addition to learning about JLKD, the new member class planned and implemented their own community project at The City of Aurora’s Trick or Treat event. They provided educational based games and activities for the children participating in the Trick or Treat event centered around the children’s book “Room on the Broom.”

All women living in Kane and DuPage Counties are invited to apply for JLKD membership. Applications for the 2018-19 League year are available at jlkd.org. Interested women are encouraged to apply by August 31, 2018. Questions should be directed to join@jlkd.org.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLKD works to improve the lives of women and children 0-5 who live in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties. We focus our efforts of programs, direct service and advocacy on the areas of nutrition and health, early childhood education, and family stability and shelter. JLKD partners with a strong network of area service agencies and schools in the surrounding area to expand our impact within our communities. For more information, visit jlkd.orgfacebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

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JLKD awards Grant for Impactful Teaching

April 11, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded a Grant for Impactful Teaching to Matthew Radowski of Reed-Custer Elementary School of Braidwood, IL for its Computer Science Education Initiative program. JLKD 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. One of JLKD’s main focus areas is on education and readying children for being more successful in school and increasing the level of college attendance. JLKD selected this program to receive the grant because it identifies and attempts to resolve the need to become more familiar with computer science and readies children to be successful in the later grades and college.

Computer Science Education Initiative will likely impact approximately 600 students, all of elementary school age. As part of the Computer Science Education Initiative, Bitsbox classroom boxes, which provide computer programming projects aimed at young children, will be used to teach kids to code their own computer apps. But the children will not be alone working with these materials, rather, teachers and students will work together to create apps for use on iPads. Those student-designed apps, will then be used on the grade level as well as part of the iPads students will consistently be using.

The need to learn how to work with computers has become more apparent over the years. Matthew Radowski teaches K-5 Computers and Technology and explains, “this will provide excellent synergy as our district is steadily moving toward a district wide advance in devices for students. Students need to know how computers work, and how logic works, and will be able to apply this aspect of problem solving to every academic arena… from language arts to mathematics.” Mr. Radowski excitedly explains the additional positive impact this program will have throughout the school: “Student progress will be celebrated, as the apps and games they build will be showcased on grade level iPads that students will be consistently using. This will allow students to take an inherent pride in their work, and even a desire to perfect their games and apps as other students marvel and inquire.”

JLKD is honored and excited to be able to assist Reed-Custer Elementary School in increasing use of technology in the classroom while developing children’s potential to further careers in technology. JLKD is certain that the Computer Science Education Initiative program will continue to improve the community through the effective action and engagement between teachers, staff, and students.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We focus our efforts of programs, direct service and advocacy on the areas of nutrition and health, early childhood education, and family stability and shelter. JLKD partners with a strong network of area service agencies and schools in the surrounding area to expand our impact within our communities. For more information, visit jlkd.org or facebook.com/JLKDServes.

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JLKD awards volunteer focused scholarship

April 11, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded its volunteer-focused scholarship to Whitney Ford. Ms. Ford was selected for the scholarship because of her many hours of volunteer service focusing on JLKD’s mission. JLKD 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.

Whitney Ford is a senior at Plainfield East High School in Plainfield, IL and will attend North Carolina A&T University in the fall where she plans to major in biology and minor in criminal justice. Whitney volunteers with SIDS of Illinois as their social media chair, where she helps raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and share lifesaving information regarding safe sleeping habits for newborns and toddlers to prevent future deaths. Through her work with the DuPage County Youth Council and Its Just Us Girls, Inc., Whitney also educates and empowers hundreds of youth in the area by organizing forums on topics such as: voting rights, interfacing with the police, college preparation, human trafficking, safety and physical/emotional health. Whitney shares her love of poetry and creative writing with other students through her work with The Plainfield East High School Poetry Club. As Whitney says of her volunteer experience, “Volunteering with SIDS may not seem like a cause that would be a natural fit for a teenager, but I have learned that sometimes those opportunities are the ones that you learn from the most.” Indeed, Whitney continues, “the leadership skills and compassion that I have developed through my involvement with these organizations, coupled with my love of science, has crystallized my decision to pursue a career in forensic anthropology with the FBI.”

JLKD has no doubt Whitney Ford has positively influenced our local communities and empowered women through her volunteer service. JLKD wishes Whitney all the best as she continues to develop her potential and is honored to be able to assist her in her educational journey.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We focus our efforts of programs, direct service and advocacy on the areas of nutrition and health, early childhood education, and family stability and shelter. JLKD partners with a strong network of area service agencies and schools in the surrounding area to expand our impact within our communities. For more information, visit jlkd.org or facebook.com/JLKDServes.

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JLKD to partner with SPARK Aurora for free family nutrition event

AURORA, IL (March 16, 2014) —The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is forming a partnership with SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration to host the annual Junior League Kids in the Kitchen event. This event will take place at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora on April 12, 2014 during SPARK’s Week of the Young Child™.

JLKD’s Kids in the Kitchen is a free event that will provide local families the tools they need to prepare healthy meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable. This event will feature hands-on children’s activities and resources for parents, including interactive games focused on hydration, hygiene, healthy food choices and exercise plus taste testing stations for healthy breakfast, lunch and snack foods. Families will receive goodie bags and recipes.

“SPARK’s Week of the Young Child is an ideal setting for our annual Kids in the Kitchen event,” says Kristin Celing, president of JLKD. “Together, we will be able to offer the greater Aurora community—which we know is largely underserved—access to fun and educational children’s activities plus practical tips that encourage a healthy lifestyle.”

The 2014 JLKD Kids in the Kitchen co-chairs are Cori Cozort of Naperville and Erin Tobias of Aurora.

Kids in the Kitchen is a national program supported by the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. The initiative is grounded in the belief that children and families who are empowered with the knowledge of how to feed and exercise their bodies will be less likely to become obese and subsequently suffer many associated health risks.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit jlkd.org, facebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

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JLKD Welcomes New Members

AURORA, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2013) — The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is pleased to announce its Fall 2013 New Member class.

New members will join JLKD in their ongoing efforts to improve the lives of local at-risk youth in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and implementing positive programming.

The New Member Class is composed of 14 accomplished women, dedicated to voluntarism:  Tonya Cook of Batavia, Corinne Cozort of Naperville, Amy Dolgin of Naperville, Juliann Dziubinski of Winfield, Kim Graves of St. Charles, Sable E. Handke of Naperville, Carrie Koziol of St. Charles, Melissa Krzyzanowski of Naperville, Hannah Milliken of Naperville, Elizabeth A. Nelson of Naperville, Linda Passaglia of Glen Ellyn, Bridgette Robles of Crest Hill, Abigail Solazzo of Carol Stream and Erin Tobias of Aurora.

In addition to supporting JLKD in school-readiness, the new member class will plan and implement the 2014 Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen program. JLKD’s annual Kids in the Kitchen event addresses the growing issue of childhood obesity and poor nutrition. The new member class leads this initiative by empowering kids to make the right choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle through fun and educational activities.

All women living in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties are invited to apply for JLKD membership. Applications for the Spring 2014 class will be available at jlkd.org and are accepted through December 28, 2013.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit jlkd.org, facebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

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Readers on the Run welcomes Staley Da Bear

AURORA, IL (September 4, 2013) — Join Chicago Bears’ Staley Da Bear and the Chick-Fil-A Cow in supporting local at-risk youth and families at the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc.’s (JLKD) third annual Readers on the Run 5K and Kids Fun Run, September 28, 2013 at Mooseheart Child City and School in Batavia, IL.

New this year, Staley Da Bear, official mascot to the Chicago Bears, will kick off the Kids Fun Run. Catch Staley working the turntables, handing out Tackle Reading activity books and other giveaways plus taking photos with runners and their families. At the Kids finish line, the Chick-Fil-A Cow will be handing out prizes and available for pictures.

The 5K is a USATF certified course. Baby joggers and walkers are allowed. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and is approximately a half-mile.

“We are grateful to our community partner Mooseheart Child City and School for providing a beautiful course that is both challenging and fun.  We encourage families to join us to promote, celebrate and raise critical funds for local early childhood literacy and school readiness programs,” says JLKD President Kristin Celing.

Runners are encouraged to bring a book for our book drive. All donated books will be given back to community partners in the western suburbs, supporting literacy programs.

Registration is open now through September 21 at jlkd.org. Race fees are $30 for adults, $25 for ages 11-15, $10 for ages 5-10 and free for children 4 and under. Day of registration will be available from 6:45-7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee. All proceeds from the event support JLKD’s literacy and school readiness programs, which benefit local at-risk children. For sponsorship opportunities please contact run@jlkd.org.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit jlkd.org, facebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

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Join a legacy of giving back, join the Junior League

AURORA, IL (July 28, 2013) — Do you want to improve the lives of children in your community? Are you passionate about volunteering? Join the Junior League and become part of the legacy of women making a difference.

Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming.

Who are JLKD members? We are volunteers, accountants, business owners, attorneys, bankers, homemakers, teachers, stockbrokers, sales executives, real estate agents, recruiters, web designers, consultants, interior designers, nurses, and more. We are young, not-so young, married, single, moms and married-without-kids. While we come from many different walks of life and live throughout the West Chicagoland area, we share a common commitment: to improve the quality of life for children in our community.

JLKD accepts and trains new members twice a year: once in the fall, beginning in September and once in the spring, beginning in January. We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2013 Provisional Class. Applications are due by August 17.

Interested in joining? Attend an upcoming Summer Social to meet JLKD members and learn more about the organization. We’ll enjoy light food and drinks then complete a short service project, giving you a taste of the JLKD experience. Our upcoming socials are held in members homes: August 1 in Glen Ellyn, August 3 in Geneva and August 11 in Naperville. RSVP to join@jlkd.org.

For more information, visit jlkd.org, facebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.

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Readers on the Run 5K Supports Local At-Risk Children

AURORA, IL (July 18, 2013) —The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is hosting its third annual Readers on the Run 5K and Kids Fun Run fundraiser on September 28, 2013 at Mooseheart Child City and School in Batavia, IL. All proceeds from the event support JLKD’s literacy and school readiness programs, which benefit local at-risk children.

The 5K is a USATF certified course. Baby joggers and walkers are allowed. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and is approximately a half-mile.

“We are grateful to our community partner Mooseheart Child City and School for providing a beautiful course that is both challenging and fun.  We encourage families to join us to promote, celebrate and raise critical funds for local early childhood literacy and school readiness programs,” says JLKD President Kristin Celing.

Runners are encouraged to bring a book for our book drive. All donated books will be given back to community partners in the western suburbs, supporting literacy programs.

Registration is open now through September 21 at jlkd.org. Race fees are $30 for adults, $25 for ages 11-15, $10 for ages 5-10 and free for children 4 and under. Day of registration will be available from 6:45-7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee. For sponsorship opportunities please contact run@jlkd.org.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit jlkd.org, facebook.com/JLKDServes or twitter.com/JLKDServes.