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Deborah Klein
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Raised: $450 | Target: $500 | Left: $50

  • Contributions$450
  • Donors9
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I am personally participating in the Little Black Dress Initiative to bring awareness to the number of families living in our communities who struggle every month to make ends meet.  JLM has allowed me to spend time with some of these families, provide meals to them and be an example to girls & young women in my community- showing them that if they put their mind to something they can accomplish it.

I grew up with my grandma below the poverty level.  We received goverment cheese from the fire station every month and my pants were always too big so I didn't grow out of them too quickly. That said, I grew up with the most loving and supportive role models and I thank God for each one of them for making me the person I am today.  

In February I participated in a Helping Hands event with JLM for the Homeless Buddies shelter.  We had a Valentine's and birthday party for the kids living at the shelter.  To my surprise, I knew one of the moms living there.  She was a teacher at my son's daycare.  I had spent the past 4 1/2 years interacting with her almost daily and I had no idea she was homeless.  

We have to make a difference. We have to be role models.  This is a great cause.  Please donate.

thanks! xoxo Deb
This is my first awareness campaign, and your support is critical to making this campaign a success. Please consider making a donation to The Little Black Dress initiative which supports our programs such as Solonial Closet, Children Making Healthy Choices, Helping Hands, and many others. All money raised will go to support the Junior League of Morristown in its efforts to address issues tied to teen health in the greater Morris county area!

What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?

The Junior League of Morristown (JLM) is running its third annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI). LBDI is a poverty awareness and fundraising campaign that sheds light on the “invisible poverty” that surrounds us, with the goal of raising awareness and funds to help lift the burden carried by the most vulnerable in our community. The 2018 Federal Poverty Level for a family of four is $25,100 for the year. JLM is aiming to raise that same amount in five days.


League members throughout Morris County will wear one black dress for five days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, confidence and opportunities. They will wear a pin that says, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to spark conversation and spread awareness of the initiative and its objectives.


Why is LBDI necessary?

  • Morris County has 5,286 children living under the Federal Poverty Guideline. The 2018 Federal Poverty Guideline for a family of 4 is $25,100 per year.
  • 7,537 children in Morris County live in households that receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), cash public assistance income, or Food Stamp/SNAP benefits.
  • In 2016, rental costs proved to be a burden to many Morris County households, with 42 percent spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent.


To date, the JLM’s LBDI has raised nearly $40,000 to support the mission of the JLM. Funds raised through LBDI allow the JLM to improve our community and provide our volunteers with leadership, training, and development opportunities.



   Recent Activity
John McGrath donated $100 on 11/27/2018
Pam & Bernie donated $25 on 11/18/2018
Bridget donated $50 on 11/16/2018
Marci Hazard donated $50 on 11/15/2018
Norma L McEwan donated $50 on 11/14/2018
Andrew R donated $50 on 11/14/2018
Katie Davis donated $25 on 11/14/2018
Nick donated $50 on 11/13/2018
Anthony B donated $50 on 11/13/2018