JLGA Contributes to Foodstock 2017

The Junior League of Greater Alton collected food from members and added an additional 12 cases of canned food items to this year’s donation to Foodstock in August.

According to The Telegraph, “The mission of Foodstock is to make large annual contributions to local charities, such as food pantries and battered womens’ shelters.”

Read more at https://thetelegraph.com/news/106954/annual-foodstock-event-set-for-saturday.


JLGA Supports Madison County Child Advocacy Center Supplies Help Start the School Year Strong

Claire Cooper, Development Specialist at MadCo CAC (left) and Maggie Kline of JLGA (right). Photo by Rhonda Brinkman

ALTON, ILLINOIS – Junior League of Greater Alton provided ten brightly-colored backpacks filled with school supplies to the Madison County Child Advocacy Center for their upcoming annual Kids Fair.

The packs will be distributed on Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alton Moose Lodge. With an emphasis on safety and interactive fun, the event includes vision and dental screenings, fire, home, and internet education, and the Bubble Bus.

“We find it so rewarding to be able to do this small act that has such a large impact,” said Rhonda Brinkman, Community Outreach Chair of the Junior League of Greater Alton. “By providing basic school supplies, the CAC is inspiring kids get excited about education.”

“Something as simple as new pencils, crayons and notebooks can inspire creativity and a love for learning. We’re happy to help youngsters start the semester with all of the tools they need to succeed,” said Maggie Kline of JLGA.

For more information on the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, visit www.facebook.com/madcocac.


Thanks for Your Support! Another Great Event!

The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to the fourth annual Bowling Tournament.  The tournament was held Saturday, June 10, at Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton.

“Turnout was great this year, and everyone had a lot of fun,” said Jill Tueth, JLGA Bowling Tournament Committee Chair. “I just want to thank everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success – especially Bowl Haven, for letting us use their fantastic venue again this year.”

Junior League of Greater Alton would also like to thank our sponsors for the event:

Bowling winners 2017
The winners of the 2017 JLGA Bowling Tournament were (left to right) Jerry and Jaime Dwiggins, Stacey Vambaketes, Stephanie Preston, Jeff Link and Steve Brinkman. Photo by Shelli Oliver

Funds raised at this event will be used to fund JLGA’s Family Literacy project, as well as the organization’s various Community Outreach volunteering efforts.

JLGA hosts several fundraisers each year to support the organization’s efforts, which include training and empowering women leaders through volunteerism in the community. In addition to an issue based community impact project, JLGA members also take part in various volunteer efforts throughout the community each year, including, most recently, Bucket Brigade and the First Presbyterian Church’s Saturday Cafe.

The Junior League of Greater Alton, established in 1952, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to empowering women and making the community in and around the Riverbend a better place for a diverse population of children and their families. Upon researching the area’s needs, JLGA most recently teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College’s GED program to help improve family literacy in the region. JLGA is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is dedicated to the training and development of local women leaders and volunteers making an impact in the community. To learn more, visit www.juniorleaguealton.org.

HeadStart Bags

JLGA Helps Purchase Backpacks for Riverbend Head Start

The Junior League of Greater Alton was honored to help support the Riverbend Head Start program by helping to fund the purchase of backpacks.  The backpack and supplies pictured will go to low-income Head Start preschoolers who will start kindergarten in the fall of this year. In total, 96 backpacks filled with supplies and reading books will be distributed.

JLGA has been a partner and supporter of the Riverbend Head Start program, and has helped to fund and promote programs such as Coats for Kids each winter.  “When the request arrived to help with this much needed program, we were more than happy to assist,” said Sarah Crause, JLGA Community Outreach Chair. “Needs like these perfectly align with the mission of Junior League, and we are honored to help”.

As stated in the request letter from Riverbend Head Start, the financial challenge of kindergarten for families living in or below the poverty level is extreme.  Providing the backpacks and supplies ensures these children are prepared and armed with what they will need to succeed on the first day of school.

To learn more about programs and services provided by Riverbend Head Start visit www.riverbendfamilies.org.


Help Us Stock Santa’s Sleigh!

Join JLGA, in partnership with Quality Buick GMC Cadillac, on Saturday, December 10th  as we collect new toys for children in need this holiday season.  All donations will go to the Community Hope Center serving the Riverbend area.  Toys will be collected at the Quality dealership, 1620 E Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton, IL, from 9am – 2pm Saturday.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Thank you, it was a great event!

Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to a very successful Uncorked and Uncapped event this year.   Uncorked and Uncapped, the annual wine/beer/spirits tasting fundraiser hosted by JLGA, was held on Saturday, November 5th at Temple Banquet Center in Alton, IL.  JLGA President, Lori Artis, had this to say about the evening –

 “The venue was great, the wine and beer were flowing and the live music was a bonus. This event flowed so smoothly, and I would have to say it had a lot to do with how detailed the planning that went into the night was. We look forward to hearing the final count in terms of attendance and dollars raised from this year’s first fundraising event.”

JLGA has five fundraising events throughout the League year, Uncorked and Uncapped is the first.  Proceeds from all fundraising events go to organizations in the community, focusing on the betterment of women and children.  JLGA wants to thank its members for support, as well as everyone in the community who turned out for a fun evening supporting an important cause.   If you missed this year, no worries.  We look forward to seeing you next year!


Share What You “CAN”!

The Junior League of Greater Alton, in partnership with Quality, is inviting the community to share what you “CAN” at our Summer Food Drive.  The drive will be held at the Quality dealership located at 1620 East Homer Adams Parkway, Alton.  We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on Saturday, June 25th from 9am-4pm. Our goal is to fill the bed of a GMC Sierra with donations.  All food items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Quality will have sweet summer treats – and, all donors will be entered in a drawing to win 6 tickets to Raging Rivers WaterPark. Quality will also generously donate $2.00 to JLGA for every donor – helping the mission to improve the lives of women and children in our community!


Congratulations to our “Women of Distinction”

Junior League of Greater Alton is honored to congratulate active member Tawnya Hooper and former member Stephanie Monroe.  They have been chosen as YWCA 2016 Women of Distinction.

WOD_LOGO_COLOR-freshThe Alton YWCA Women of Distinction event is designed to honor women who, through their boundless commitment to the community through their service to others and through their compassionate leadership, help improve the quality of life for everyone in their communities. The women honored at this event represent the diversity of women’s interests, talents and achievements.  Since 1991, 241 area women of all ages and from all walks of life have been recognized as Women of Distinction.

Both Tawnya and Stephanie embody the spirit of community, giving and service.  JLGA is honored to have these extraordinary women as part of our League family, and sincerely congratulate them for their achievements!


Thank You for Supporting “Uncorked and Uncapped”

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone who helped support the “Uncorked and Uncapped” wine, beer and spirits tasting held Saturday, March 12th at Jacoby Arts Center.  This annual event is always a fantastic time and all funds raised go right back into our community.   A special appreciation goes to our 2016 table sponsors:

If you couldn’t join us this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

The Junior League of Greater Alton is a not-for-profit organization of local women that has been promoting volunteerism since 1952. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by JLGA throughout the year are used to fund projects/agencies supported by Junior League, including Lewis and Clark Community College’s Family Literacy program, which assists parents in attaining their GEDs, career exploration, parenting workshops, family visits with literacy activities, library events and support services; the OASIS Women’s Center, which provides shelter and support for battered women and/or homeless, chemically dependent women and their children; Riverbend Headstart, which provides early childhood education for children living in poverty or who are challenged with special circumstances; and the Riverbender.com Community Center, which provides a safe environment for middle school and high school aged children to interact and learn