Spring 2021 IMPACT

The 2020-2021 Junior League year is nearing its end. In the last year, we have “survived and thrived” through many challenges including the August 2020 derecho, ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, new barriers for the young people we serve, virtual meetings and more. Through this, we have continued the mission of JLCR, helping young people in our […]

Join us for virtual trivia night!

Virtual Trivia Night REGISTER NOW – IT’S FREE! Join JLCR and Andrew’s Bar Exam for an entertaining and comical night of trivia on Saturday, Feb. 27! Test your knowledge, win prizes and support local programming for youth aging out of foster care in Linn and surrounding counties through the Junior League of Cedar Rapids. For […]

2019-2020 Report to the Community

What a year 2020 has been! Like many, Junior League of Cedar Rapids has had to weather the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, including canceling our largest fundraiser and moving meetings online to observe social distancing guidelines. We have also seen an increase in the needs of young people impacted by job loss and more. […]

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Junior League of Cedar Rapids takes the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion seriously. The Association of Junior Leagues International expressed this commitment in their official statement: “The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have […]

Surviving and Thriving: Pivoting through COVID

Like many others organizations, Junior League of Cedar Rapids is continually evaluating and adapting our practices to best serve our members and community during the coronavirus pandemic. We know that the needs we help fill in our communities don’t stop because of a pandemic, and we rise to fill those gaps for our members and […]

Gallery of Strength: Zhorne Family

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“You gotta learn as you go” Matt and Amanda were not prepared to take in Jeremiah ten years ago. They had gone through the classes and had been contemplating opening their home, but never felt that the time was right. One night changed their lives forever. It was that fateful evening when DHS had called […]

Gallery of Strength: Warth Family

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“Give Them A Chance” “I think that people are afraid to work with teens, but we need to give them a chance.” Holly said. Holly has a soft spot in her heart for the older foster youth. She knows firsthand from years of being a social worker, and understands the struggles of finding good foster […]

Gallery of Strength: Lentz Family

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“Investing in All People!” “Being a foster parent has made me a better parent and has made me more compassionate toward all people.” When Sarah had a family member who needed help, her heart told her to get involved. She began with taking care of the family member’s children. Then became a licensed foster parent, […]

Gallery of Strength: Herring Family

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“They are completely innocent and need stability and love.” Amber’s story begins a little differently. “I grew up with my grandparents always fostering. They have done it for over 50 years and had well over 500 kids placed in their home.  They still do it to this day. I witnessed the emotional toll it has […]

Gallery of Strength: Heidgen Family

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“Using My Experiences!” “What works for 80-90 percent of your students might not work for children who have experienced trauma or were exposed to drug use in utero,” says Julie. Julie’s experiences as a teacher and foster mom have given her the strength to support and advocate for foster parents, children, and fellow teachers. Now […]