Some of the greatest needs of every great company, city, or for-purpose organization are great leadership and people simply willing to say "yes" to help propel a mission forward. When I moved to Orlando last year, I immediately began to research ways to lean in and become involved in the community and found my "yes" - Junior League of Greater Orlando (JLGO). By joining Junior League I gained immediate insight of the needs and challenges of the city.
We are running a 5 day campaign to raise funds for the Junior League in order to sustain our work impacting the community and I am asking for your financial support to support our mission.
For more than a century, The Junior League has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems - childhood nutrition and obesity, human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others - and finding solutions. Our approach is simple. Through hands-on training and formal learning opportunities, we give women the skills they need to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
Now in its third year, I invite you to be a part of The Little Black Dress Initiative in Orlando, a campaign to increase awareness about the effects of poverty on our community, while raising funds for the Junior League of Greater Orlando.
The League members and I will be wearing the same outfit for FIVE days in a row in order to spark conversations about the effects of poverty in Central Florida and the work the JLGO does in our community.
The work we do has a direct impact on the organizations we were serve as well as a sustained impact of creating community leaders. We have a goal of raising $10,000 to help grow the League's ability to support its mission.
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 in Florida.
- 20% of these individuals are children and 14.8% are women.