The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the Junior League of Greensboro as part of our mission to empower women in our community. Through it, we aim to bring awareness to and help alleviate the effects of poverty on the aging members of our community. Members will wear the same black dress every day and highlight their involvement through social media posts.
Wearing one dress every day for five days represents the lack of choices for the elderly in our community living in poverty. Wearing the dress is symbolic of standing in solidarity with those living in poverty because contrary to what some might think, poverty can look like any one of us. Our hope is that this initiative will help to humanize and give a voice to the faces of poverty, especially our aging community.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support our mission: to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership.
Currently, we are working with five community programs to address the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren, to train seniors on fraud prevention, offer food assistance to our aging neighbors who do not have enough to eat, and design activities for those in respite care. These projects are just the beginning of our multi-year commitment to aging.