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Sarah Fletcher is director of Dress for Success Peoria, a program of the Peoria Friendship House that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and other development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. She plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations at both Friendship House and Dress for Success, and her passion for her work is immeasurable.

Since becoming director, Fletcher has greatly increased the number of fundraising activities and volunteers for Dress for Success. She leads the suiting program and facilitates the Going Places Network by Walmart, the Financial Literacy Program and monthly meetings of the Professional Women’s Group. She represents the organization at conferences around the country and is responsible for program grant writing and reporting. She also initiated reorganization of the Dress for Success Peoria boutique and implemented the Women 2 Women mentoring program.

Fletcher is involved with many other activities at Friendship House, coordinating the Cinco de Mayo, Community Unity Day and Christmas programs, as well as Christmas Tree Lane and the Adopt-A-Family program. She also serves on the committee for the Maka Maka Fun Run.

An active member of the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria (YPGP), Fletcher has served as the Community Connection co-chair since 2009, organizing community service opportunities for its 400-plus members with organizations like Midwest Food Bank and Children’s Hospital of Illinois. She was a participant in YPGP’s Leaders Emerging to Advance Peoria Academy in 2009, and graduated from the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School this year.

An active member of the United Way’s GENeration United initiative, Fletcher has helped raised thousands of dollars for a range of causes while organizing various events and serving on its Connect Committee and Serve Committee. She also volunteers her time to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, serving on its Scholarship Application Review Committee since 2011. iBi