Little Black Dress Initiative
In February 2014, the Junior League of London pioneered the Little Black Dress Initiative
(LBDI) with the goal to make "Make Poverty Unfashionable." While their fellow Londoners were attending London Fashion Week, local Junior Leaguers were wearing the same black dress every day to work, parties, dinners and events to raise funds and increase awareness of poverty in the city. This first campaign was so successful they decided to take the initiative worldwide.
Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) is excited to bring the Little Black Dress Initiative
(LBDI) to our local community again. This week-long fundraising campaign is scheduled for March 1-5, 2021.
JLOSH Little Black Dress Initiative
Advocates will be wearing the same black dress or ensemble for five consecutive days to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities and access to resources. By wearing a button that reads "Ask Me About My Dress," they invite dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers to raise awareness about the many challenges women in our service area face.
The Coronavirus Global Pandemic has also increased the level of need in our community, tasking resources at a higher level. JLOSH has been able to pivot and provide additional support to our community through MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity), FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) and the Orange Public School District.
In the Spring of 2020 JLOSH was able to give out five Emergency COVID grants to local community partners.
1. Isaiah House - $1,750 to keep families living in shelter safe and healthy
2. FARC - $1,750 - emergency cash / financial assistance for fire victims since social distancing prohibits on-site / in-person servicing
3. Nassan's Place - $1,000 - to support the purchase of appropriate sensory items for children with autism sheltering in place
4. Metro YMCA -- East Orange and South Mountain - $1,750 - to support emergency child care for children of essential workers / first responders
5. Bethlehem Community Church - $1,750 - to support emergency food purchases for pantry distribution
Perhaps wearing a little black dress or ensemble for five days isn't possible for you. You can still participate by donating to one of our Little Black Dress Initiative
Advocates who have pledged to raise awareness March 1-5, 2021
. Other ways to help raise poverty awareness would be to spark a conversation regarding these matters, share this link to your social media https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/jlosh/campaign/LBD21
, or clean out your closets and donate business/business casual clothing to your local shelter.
The Little Black Dress Initiative
is not just about wearing a black dress. It is about harnessing the power of our community to make a difference. Please help us make a difference today! Learn more about this Association-wide program: https://www.ajli.org/?nd=lbdi_ext.