During the week of February 4-8, 2019, the Junior League of Wilmington will participate in the Little Black Dress Initiative, a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges that face the nearly 40,000 people in New Hanover County who live in poverty. Those living in poverty live without the money to acquire food, shelter, and other basic necessities. During the LBDI, members of the Junior League of Wilmington will each wear one black dress (or some other black outfit that fits the participant’s lifestyle) for five days to demonstrate the effects poverty has on many Wilmington citizens. The Junior League of Wilmington’s goals for the LBDI include:
Ø To increase awareness of the challenges facing those living in our community with limited financial resources and the inability to meet basic needs;
Ø To understand the extended impact limited access to resources has on individuals and their families;
Ø To fundraise to support JLW’s mission-focused programs and projects.
Ø To share with the community, through example, JLW’s mission to empower women to enrich and improve our community through their leadership as trained volunteers.
Funds raised through the Little Black Dress Initiative go to the JLW Annual Fund. These funds allow the JLW to improve its community through its partnerships with community organizations and to provide member volunteers with training, leadership, and personal development opportunities.