Did you know a 2020 study by Thinx found that one in five teens have missed class because of a lack of access to menstrual products? The study also found that one in four women struggle to purchase menstrual supplies due to lack of income?
What can you do to help alleviate period poverty in our community? Please join the Junior League of Douglas County (JLDC) during its signature event, LITTLE BLACK DRESS INITIATIVE (LBDI), taking place March 8th through 12th. Founded in 2014 by the Junior League of London, LBDI is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign with the goal to "Make Poverty Unfashionable." Harnessing the power of social media, JLDC aims to educate the public about local issues addressing poverty, literacy and menstrual equity in our communities and its affects on employment opportunities.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT LBDI?
There are several ways to support JLDC's Little Black Dress Initiative:
1. Become a LBDI advocate and wear a black dress (or outfit) in solidarity for five consecutive days.
2. Share a statistic! Post a poverty statistic that affects our community and share to your social media accounts. Also, repost LBDI promotions throughout the week to engage your social networks. Don't forget to tag the Junior League of Douglas County @jldouglascounty using #JLDCLBDI #ISupportLBDI #AskMeAboutMyDress
3. Donate to the Junior League of Douglas County's LBDI fundraiser
4. Donate menstrual hygiene products by purchsing from JLDC's Amazon Wishlist at bit.ly/JLDCLBDIPeriodPack
WHAT DO MY DONATIONS SUPPORT?
Since the 2015-2016 league year, the Junior League of Douglas County has been spreading awareness and sparking conversation. During the 2019-2020 league year, the Junior League of Douglas County began assembling period packs for girls in local schools. During that year, JLDC donated over 350 period packs! The donations received from this year's LBDI fundraiser will be used to purchase additional menstrual hygiene supplies to be distributed to girls in local public schools, homeless women and women in transitional housing, socks for homeless families and books for the League's reading programs.
All donations are fully tax-deductible.