Little Black Dress 2023
Can one black dress worn for five straight days create awareness about issues that affect others for a lifetime?
The iconic LBD is usually thought of in a business or night out fashionable wardrobe piece. So AJLI asks the question, how can this well-known fashion accessory be the center of an awareness campaign about poverty?
Founded in 2014 by the Junior League of London, the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign that harnesses the power of social media to illustrate the restrictions poverty has on choices, opportunities and access to resources. By wearing the same dress for 5-straight days, others will undoubtedly notice and start to ask why? This is when the conversation starts and opportunity for fundraising.
Please view the following video created by the Junior League of Lufkin for a better understanding of what the LBDI is about:
The JLBC has been passionate about the LBDI in past years and we are excited to announce that we are participating in it again. Since 2015, we have raised over $15,000 through this initiative and we are looking to surpass a $2,500 goal this year.
Our campaign will run from March 20th through March 24th and ending with a Give Back Night on March 23th at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Fair Lawn but donations will be accepted all of March.
We are asking members of the community to get involved in the conversations with us about poverty and inequities right here in our local community. As a League, we are opening up the conversations about issues that affect women such as lack of personal care items that often lead to missed days of work, infections, and poor mental health.
We kindly ask you to consider making a donation at the link below. We have chosen to support three organizations this year and which you can choose to donate to one or all of them.
- Center for Hope and Safety – we will be donating gift cards, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, women’s razors, soap, period products and larger-sized diapers suitable for bigger babies/toddlers
- Mobility Mentors (formerly Zoe’s Place) – we will be donating gift cards, personal/feminine care products appropriate for job interviews
- CUMAC – we will be donating feminine sanitary products and diapers
Through the campaign page linked below, you can direct donors to make a $25, $50, $75 or custom amount donation: