Little Black Dress Recap

The Junior League of Springfield (JLS) participated in our inaugural Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from February 6-10, 2017. During this week, participants wore the same little black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence, and her professional opportunities while soliciting donations for our mission. As a social media driven campaign our members raised $12,220.00 for our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our donators and supporters!!
The LBDI is a global initiative started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness of the impact of generational poverty. Generational poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede a child’s cognitive development and their ability to learn. JLS is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and by helping to raise awareness of generational poverty in Greene County through efforts like LBDI, we as an organization are able to provide critical education on this issue and raise money to effect change.
For more information about joining our efforts during our next LBDI contact Kim Garwitz at