For more than 50 years, members of the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club have donated countless hours assisting women and children in need through service projects and fundraising efforts. Local non-profit agencies play an important role in helping us achieve our mission.
The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club is pleased to offer local non-profit organizations the opportunity to submit both funding proposals and service project requests for 2015.
For request forms and additional information, please visit our Donations page.
On February 17, 2015, the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club will welcome guest speaker, Rosemary Hauser, from the Woman’s Club of Aurora. Rosemary is the current President of the Aurora Club having joined in 2008. She has served as Chair of Fundraising for the Salad Luncheon, Flower Sale, and Fashion Show, Arts Chairperson, and First Vice-President before becoming President in 2011.
The Woman’s Club of Aurora will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. Among the many accomplishments of the Woman’s Club of Aurora was the founding of the first kindergartens in the city and the awarding of hundreds of scholarships to students in areas including journalism, nursing, and the arts. The Club has presented major contributions to the Aurora Historical Society, Healthy Families-Aurora Site, Mutual Ground, and Wayside Cross.
Joliet Juniors welcomed eight new members to the club in November. New members Renee Bonarek, Jen Malinowski, Jaya Varghese, Erin McGrew, Lori Lynes, Jyoti Rao, Angela Smith, and Collette Johnson joined Joliet Juniors for the 2014-2015 Club Year. The club has approximately 40 members who share an interest in helping others through fundraising and service projects. “We are always thrilled to have new members because it allows us to give even more to our community,” said President, Chrissy Monaco. Membership Chair, Kristine Honiotes added, “we welcome any women who are interested in learning more about our club to attend a meeting.” Interested women can contact Ms. Honiotes for more information by completing the form on our website’s Membership page.
Each December, the club takes a break from their busy schedule to celebrate the holidays together. “Through our volunteer work, we have formed great friendships in our club; our annual holiday party gives us a chance to spend time together and enjoy one another’s company,” said President Chrissy Monaco. Vice President, Kristen Wyss, added, “it is amazing to realize all we have accomplished this year and exciting to think about the many projects to come.”
Joliet Juniors have had a busy October volunteering, supporting local organizations, and advocating for important causes in our community.
Members assembled furniture, organized art supplies, and decorated a new Art Therapy Room at Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet.
GFWC Illinois visit Springfield for Legislation Day. JJWC members Sherry Anicich and Kim Kalafut spoke about domestic violence and the Purple Project organization.
Chrissy Monaco, Karyn McCarthy, Lauren McFarland, Amy Vicioso and Shelbey Hammond at Big
Brothers Big Sisters Tablescapes Event at the GFWC Victorian Elegance Table.
The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club is proud to once again partner with Will County Take Back the Night for their annual vigil and march to help raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Take Back the Night brings survivors, supporters, activists, and community leaders together in a call for the end of violence against women. This year, the 18th annual event will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at the north end of the Joliet Memorial Stadium. JJWC member Sherry Anicich will be speaking with Kellie Stryker at this year’s event. JJWC will host a poster table and donate poster-making material so those attending the march will have an opportunity to make signs to honor their loved ones who were lost or have suffered from domestic violence.
All are welcome to attend! To learn more about joining JJWC or to request more information, please visit our Membership page.
The Religious Education program at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood participated in the annual Alisha & Ava Lucille Bromfield Memorial Baby Drive. Over 900 baby bottles were provided to students to collect change. The money raised would sponsor the baby of a young single mother and support the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club Alisha and Ava Bromfield Memorial Community Scholarship.
The response was overwhelming! Along with $2453.12 in change and bills, hundreds of items were collected including diapers, blankets, wipes, and clothing.
Thank you to the students in the Holy Family Religious Education program for your kindness and generosity!