Junior League of Greater Orlando Inc wrote:
Hello friends! As many of you know, I am a provisional (i.e. first year) member with the Junior League of Greater Orlando. Junior League is a worldwide organization that promotes volunteerism and improves the community through training of women leaders. The past few months have been very eye-opening understanding the issues our chapter focuses on and the ways that we can impact the Orlando community. We work with non-profits focused primarily on women and children through: health initiatives, mentoring at juvenile detention centers, visiting hospitals, and hosting sessions to support victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.
As part of our provisional class project, we are running the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) to bring awareness to the issue of poverty in Orlando. The week of March 25, I will be wearing the same black dress each day to spark conversation about the effects of poverty in Central Florida and the work Junior League does. Touring and volunteering with the Coalition for the Homeless challenged me to look beyond my stereotypes of homelessness.
Part of the LBDI is fundraising to support the work of Junior League in training women to go out and support these non-profits. Any amount you can donate will go to great use.
Poverty statistics for the state of Florida*:
- For a family of four, the poverty line in Central Florida is a combined household income of $24,860
- Almost 2.9 million people (or 14% of the population) live below the poverty line of Florida
- 20% of these individuals are children and 15% are women