Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, Women building better communities

Public Affairs & Advocacy

Public Affairs & Advocacy Committee (PAA) encourages Junior League members to be informed, active citizens and addresses the public issues which affect our community.  PAA is committed to serving the needs of women and youth in the Champaign-Urbana community through community advocacy efforts.  The committee works with other community groups and members of JLCU to gather and disseminate appropriate information regarding local and statewide advocacy efforts and to provide opportunities to involve the membership in these efforts.


WOMEN BUILD CLINIC: April 16th, 2015 / 6-8PM

Calling all Champaign County women who want to learn basic building skills from the experts at Lowe’s and Habitat construction staff.  Clinic stations include: safe use of power tools, framing walls and roofs, exterior siding, roofing shingles, and painting and trim.  Bring your friends, co-workers and neighbors to learn some new skills, meet some new friends, and learn more about volunteering on the 2015 Habitat Women Build home in Urbana this spring.

Sign up:   http://cuhabitat.org/2015/01/women-build-clinic-at-lowes/ 

The event is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement Center at 1904 N Prospect in Champaign and the Habitat Women Build Committee.

NATIONAL WOMEN BUILD WEEK: Women Build Day May 2-10, 2015

Many of our clinic attendees then sign up to volunteer on our Women Build Home which this year will kick off during National Women Build Week.  On Saturday May 2nd from 8-3pm women volunteers will work on our partner family home in Urbana.  75% of the volunteers on that day will be women from the community, U of I, and local organizations who are coming out to help provide a hand up to a local family!  Pre-registration is required via the volunteer link on H4H website and lunch is provided by a community partner.  


Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Read about what another JL’s are doing in their communities: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-danish/want-to-fight-human-traff_b_6570990.html


Learn about some recent issues that could affect our community. What do you think? How should we advocate in these areas?

Breakfast In Class Program Receives Positive Response


$300 million state deficit looming



Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Bring: Powerful and Powerless


Incredible facts from this article by Maria Shriver:

  • 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income.
  • The median earnings of full-time female workers are still just 77 percent of the median earnings of their male counterparts.
  • More than 100 million Americans either live near the brink of poverty or churn in and out of it, and nearly 70 percent of them are women and children.
  • This is the first post-recession recovery since 1970 in which women have continued to lose jobs while men have gained more than 1.1 million jobs.
  • 73 percent of polled Americans said that in order to raise the incomes of working women and families, the government should ensure that women get equal pay for equal work.
  • Women make as much as 70 percent of this country’s consumer decisions and more than 80 percent of the healthcare decisions.
  • The United States is the only industrialized nation without mandatory paid maternity leave.