Decatur, Illinois

Unified by a common purpose
through friendship and service.


We are preparing for another year of JWA Scholarships and Grants! Scholarship applications will be sent to guidance counselors in January 2017. Applications will be due in March 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by the end of March or first of April 2017. Please notify those organizations who you think might be good candidates. Copies of the application will be available soon. Thanks for helping Decatur and Macon County be great!

Please check our Grants tab for the grant application. Applications for grants are due by March 17, 2017.

Signature Programs

THE DEBORAH COLLIER MEMORIAL FUND: The Deborah Collier Memorial Shoe Fund provides shoes for the needy children in Macon County. This project utilizes school district personnel in the identification of children who qualify. This cooperative relationship has nurtured a mutual respect between our organization and the Macon County school systems.  In 2005, it was brought to our attention that over 800 children and families are homeless. We have learned that many of these children are not in school because they do not have many of the 'basics' that many of us take for granted: shoes, socks, underwear. Our shoe fund will now include these basic needs for homeless children. The Deborah Collier Memorial Fund also works with area schools to identify young women who need appropriate fitting and supportive foundation garments for athletics. 


History of JWA

Junior Welfare Association was established after eleven women listened to a luncheon speaker discuss social conditions in Decatur. That was August 1938. The twenty-seven charter members pledged to improve the economic, educational, and social conditions of the community through financial assistance and volunteer service. 

That same August, they undertook both their first fundraising project, a style show, and their first service project, a picnic for the local orphanage. By 1942, they had grown to seventy members contributing over 8000 hours of service to the community. Today there are more than 100 Provisional and Active Members and approximately 250 Patroness Members. Our area of service now covers Decatur and Macon County.

After 76 years, Junior Welfare remains strongly committed to the goals set forth by its founders.  Continuation of our ongoing service projects and individual commitments to community groups and organizations affords us the opportunity to meet these goals.

JWA Symbol

A tree stands as the symb0l of strength and growth.  Our JWA logo exemplifies the 71 years of growth within our organization and the benefits it provides to the community; deeply rooted in the talents and efforts of its members, unified by a common purpose and branching into fruition through friendship and service. 

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Junior Welfare Associaton

P.O. Box 602

Decatur, IL 62525