Community Projects


Bright Starts
Kids in the Kitchen

Done in a Day & Done in a Meeting

The goal of JLCU Done In a Day (DIAD) is to respond to the volunteer needs of local nonprofit organizations.  The goal of JLCU Done In a Meeting (DIAM) is to respond to the needs for donated items for local nonprofit organizations. Both of these community outreach opportuntities are specifically for programs and projects related to JLCU position statements  (child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, voluntarism, and women).

If your organization has events that would require volunteer assistance, go here to fill out the DIAD request form.  If your organization has a need for donated items, go here to fill our the DIAM request form.

If you have questions, please go here to reach out to JLCU with our our DIAD & DIAM question form.

Bright Starts

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has partnered with Urbana Early Childhood School (UECS) and  Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start in the first local community effort to reach families who had not experienced preschool education and environment.

Join us online for monthly preschool lessons in basic numbers, letters, listening skills, peer interaction, and emotional development needed to prepare for kindergarten.

Junior League Bright Starts provides monthly preschool academic instruction and social-emotional skill building to children who are on a preschool waiting list and provide their parents/guardians with ideas to reinforce these skills at home. The program includes the whole family by providing dinner at the start of each session, and educating adults on what their children are doing each session, as well as receiving ideas and materials to use in continuing the lessons at home.

Children receive exposure to kindergarten preparatory skills such as fine motor skills, letter and number identification, listening skills, peer interaction, and emotional development. Parents receive instruction on skill development and at-home activities and materials to support what their children learn in the classroom. Both children and parents are introduced to the classroom setting, gain exposure to kindergarten skills, get tools to continue learning and developing those skills, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

*Bright Starts has moved to a virtual format for the 20-21 school year.*

2020-2021 Schedule

September 17th 2020
October 8th 2020
November 12th 2020
December 10th 2020
January 4th 2021
February 11th 2021
April 8th 2021
  • Dinner and materials pick-up will begin at 6:00pm from the Urbana Early Childhood School. Lessons will be available on the JLCU Youtube Page.

    Dinner is provided for up to two adults, the preschool child, and siblings.

    Urbana Early Childhood School
    2202 E. Washington, Urbana, IL

    Sign up for any or all evenings at 217-384-3616 or online at

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition by empowering youth to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is partnering with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign, Illinois to launch their 2015-2016 childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative Kids in the Kitchen.  A series of events will be held throughout the school year.

The students and parents will join members of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana to learn the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They will be divided into two groups and rotate between two focus areas – fitness and healthy eating.

For the fitness portion of the event, students are taught physical activities and the benefits of exercising. These activities demonstrate to the students that fitness can be fun and can be done in almost any setting.

Since the inception of the Kids in the Kitchen campaign in 2006, over 250 Junior Leagues have implemented local initiatives based on the belief that education is the first step in addressing the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity. The Kids in the Kitchen initiative builds upon The Junior League legacy of helping children with nutrition issues, which has been one of the many focuses of Junior League volunteers since the first League was founded in 1901.

2020-2021 Schedule

Kids in the Kitchen will be virtual this year. KITK will drop off packets of ingredients and recipes, along with a YouTube link, to Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club and DREAAM House the week of October 19th. KITK will be doing a virtual event each month from October 2020-May 2021.

Thank you to Common Ground Food Co-Operative for donating ingredients and to Project Athletes for making fitness videos for our events.