Become a Member

While we invite guests to join us for volunteer projects and social events so that they may get a sense of how GEN U works, if you feel that GEN U is a good fit, we encourage you to sign up and become a member! Please read below for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on GEN U membership. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email Stephen Peterson at

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What is GEN U? Who is in GEN U? Please visit our "What We Do" section for more information on GEN U and what we do in the community. You can also visit our Facebook page and Instagram. While anyone is welcome to join, GEN U members are typically under 40 years old. Our members represent a wide variety of employers, organizations, and affiliations throughout the Peoria area.

Why become a GEN U member? As a member of Peoria's premier service organization for young professionals, you'll have discounted (and sometimes free!) access to GEN U, United Way, and other community events. You'll also receive a free GEN U t-shirt, access to exclusive volunteer events, and be able to attend our quarterly meetings at no charge.

What is the membership fee and how often does it need to be paid? To become a GEN U member, simply fill out the form below. The membership support fee is $20 per year. The current membership year will run until June 30, 2019. If you'd like to pay by cash or check, please contact Stephen Peterson at

What is expected of GEN U members? GEN U does not have any strict attendance or service hour requirements for its members. We recognize your busy schedule, and encourage you to sign up and attend as many events as your schedule permits (volunteer opportunities, socials, special events, etc.). If you'd like to get more involved, we encourage you to sign up to join a committee. GEN U members are also encouraged to support Heart of Illinois United Way by giving through their workplace campaign.

What happens after I sign up to be a member? After you've filled out the membership form, you'll receive a confirmation email. A copy of this email also comes to GEN U, so we are able to add you to our e-newsletter list [unless you choose to opt out]. Someone from GEN U / United Way will also contact you via email or phone to welcome you to the group and answer any questions. We encourage you to read the newsletter and regularly visit our website to sign up for any volunteer opportunities, social events, or other opportunities that interest you. 

GEN U Membership

Membership includes:

  • Discounts or free admittance to select GEN U events

  • Quarterly socials

  • Networking opportunities

  • T-Shirt

  • Special offers to other non-profit events

The membership year will run until June 30, 2020.

Become a Member