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JLGA Delivers Thanksgiving with Community Hope Center

COTTAGE HILLS — As volunteers waited in the halls of Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills, another group of volunteers waited in the kitchen and cafeteria to begin what would be, for about 270 people this year, their Thanksgiving dinner.

The center has been delivering meals to shut-ins, the elderly, and local first responders as part of a long-standing tradition, Assistant Executive Director Denise Ukena said Thursday morning. Junior League of Greater Alton members were among the volunteers.

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Support the Junior League Locker This #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday we’re raising money for our Junior League Locker project. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.

On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 million in donations.

Junior League Locker is JLGA’s newest Issue-Based Community Impact project, designed to address clothing insecurities in our region.

Throughout the Junior League Locker’s pilot year, we are working with counselors and administrators in the Alton School District’s K-1 centers – Eunice Smith Elementary, Lovejoy Elementary, Gilson Brown Elementary and Lewis and Clark Elementary – to fulfill clothing requests for students in need on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, each school will be stocked with a “Locker” filled with basic clothing needs and shoes that teachers, counselors and administrators can give to children as needed throughout the school year.

Donate through PayPal or to our Facebook Fundraiser.

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League of Their Own: Q & A with Emily Hejna

Emily Hejna has been an officer with the Alton Police Department since 2007. The path that led her to this vocation was a bit different than most, as is the trail she is leaving now for those who follow. She recently spent a few minutes sharing pieces of her journey so far.

Hejna said she was “a born and raised Alton-Godfrey gal.” Her parents are both from Alton, and she and her brother have chosen to raise their families in Alton. “I left for a little bit for college and immediately following, but there’s no place like home and I couldn’t stay away,” said Hejna.

Since moving back in 2006, she has become deeply rooted in the community, professionally and personally. Hejna serves on the school board at Evangelical Elementary in Godfrey and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater Alton.

Read more at advantagenews.com

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Past President Honored as a Woman of Distinction

ALTON – Alton native Lisa Nielsen has clocked an illustrious 20-plus-year law career with firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., with one of her practice specialties being environment and natural resource issues – but that’s just the very tip of the iceberg regarding Nielsen’s dedication to supporting the Alton area’s future.

According to her biography, Nielsen has served on the Sheldon Foundation Board, the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board, Ss. Peter and Paul’s Finance Council, and is a past president and former member of the Junior League of Greater Alton. She currently serves as the president of Ss. Peter and Paul School Board as well as serves on the Board of the Great Rivers Land Trust.

Read more at thetelegraph.com

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JLGA Organizing Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton will host its 6th Annual Uncorked and Uncapped wine and beer tasting fundraiser, Sunday, April 29, at Old Bakery Beer Company.

All persons over 21 years of age are invited to join JLGA for an afternoon of food, beverages, and comradery for a cause. The Old Bakery Beer Company is providing both the venue and the beer samplings. Wine tastings will be provided by Koerner Distributor.

“Our committee and community partners have really worked together to make this annual event a success,” said Katie Gibson-Boley, Uncorked and Uncapped Chair of the Junior League of Greater Alton. “The day is all about having fun, but also illuminating the issues affecting our area and helping those in need.”

The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets are available for $25 from any Junior League member or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3366894.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Gibson-Boley for details at (618) 980-3922 or kboley406@gmail.com.

All proceeds support programs throughout the Riverbend area benefitting women and children.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to partner with The Old Bakery Beer Company for this year’s event,” said JLGA Vice President Laura Inlow. “The money raised will help the Junior League of Greater Alton train and empower our members as civic leaders to make a positive impact for women and children throughout the region. We hope to see you there!”

More details about Uncorked and Uncapped can be found at www.facebook.com/JuniorLeagueGreaterAlton/ and http://juniorleaguealton.org/community-impact/current-projects/uncorkeduncapped/.

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. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.