By: Jessi Parker, Member-At-Large
Who – Junior League of Greensboro with support from the Greensboro community and friends and family of league members.
What – The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a week-long fundraiser, driven by social media posts, to raise awareness about poverty in our society. The fundraiser was started by the Junior League of London in 2014. Women participating in the LBDI wear one black dress for five days and use social media posts to obtain online donations. If not able to wear a black dress, participants are encouraged to wear another variation of a black outfit for the five-day period.
When – November 6–10, 2017
Where – The LBDI happens wherever you are! Work, home, out with friends. You will wear your dress for those five days, when possible, to raise awareness and encourage donations to support the mission of the Junior League.
Why – Wearing the same dress for five days represents the lack of choices of individuals living in poverty. The Junior League of Greensboro is focusing particularly on the elderly population of Guilford County living below the poverty line. While the iconic black dress can be worn for a variety of occasions, a group of powerful and dedicated women wearing the same black dress for five days can spark a change in the community.
How -Through the Little Black Dress Initiative the Junior League of Greensboro aims to raise awareness and funds for our current initiative: Aging. Most of us have a very prominent social media presence, and through this campaign we hope to utilize social media to obtain donations. With each social media post, the goal is to also shine a light on the difficulties our aging population living in poverty must face. If you are participating in the LBDI Initiative, you will receive a toolkit with sample posts the week before it starts.
By: Elizabeth Illig, Provisional Member 2017–2018
By the time I joined the league, most of my friends were already members. They had long touted the benefits of membership and frequently suggested I join. From Touch a Truck to the Women’s Leadership Summit, they listed endless opportunities for growth, philanthropy, and fellowship.
For my part, I was skeptical. Could the league really provide avenues for giving back while promoting career development to a diverse group of women?
After only six weeks in the JLG, I can tell you definitively that the answer is yes. Though I am still fairly new, I can already see how women in the League develop lasting friendships. I am already looking forward to attending the Women to Watch series to learn how to grow as a professional and a leader. And most importantly, I am already impressed by members’ sustained efforts to give back, whether working on a home with Community Housing Solutions or teaching children the benefits of healthy food choices through the Kids in the Kitchen program.
Not to mention, being a member is just downright fun. The Connections Committee plans monthly events ranging from exercise boot camps to haunted historical tours to promote, you guessed it, connections. The Special Events Committee is working on Big Night Out, a fall cocktail kicking off the Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative. And if you’re looking for a new outfit at an affordable cost, why not rifle through all 900 members’ closets at The Bargain Box?
I am continually in awe of the well-run, welcoming, charitable environment that is the Junior League of Greensboro. Looking back at the woman I was, questioning the impact of joining, I can only wonder what took me so long?
This year, the Junior League of Greensboro is hosting our annual Touch a Truck event from 12–4 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, in the Fresh Market parking lot located off New Garden Road.
Thinking about going? We’ve outlined the top 10 reasons why you should:
10. Feel like a celebrity as you rub shoulders with Elsa and Olaf, Doc McStuffins, Bob the Builder, and Dora the Explorer!
9. What better way to welcome the fall season than to surround yourself with pumpkins, mums, and hay bales — and get artistic at our pumpkin-painting and face-painting station!
8. Enjoy our live entertainment throughout the afternoon, including music and stage performances and demonstrations from local businesses and Kids in the Kitchen.
7. Come hungry and leave happy! We’ll have tasty food trucks such as PorterHouse, Kona Ice, Firehouse Subs, and Moe’s Hotdogs.
6. You can have treats and tricks. Our magician will mesmerize you!
5. We’ll have some adorable animals waiting for you at our petting zoo, Noah’s Place.
4. Feeling jumpy? Get some energy out in our bounce houses and Vertical Rush slides.
3. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck! With the price of admission you can participate in Truck or Treat: Receive a treat at each vehicle you explore during the event — no costumes required!
2. ALL THE TRUCKS! You can climb on and explore all types of trucks: emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, monster trucks, moving trucks, garbage trucks, tractor trailers, and more!
And the #1 reason to attend Touch a Truck this year:
All proceeds go toward the Junior League of Greensboro’s aging initiative and community programs.
The Junior League of Greensboro invites current active members, provisionals, sustainers and community members to join us for a Big Night Out at the Barn. Proceeds from the event will go to support the mission of the Junior League of Greensboro.
This inaugural event has been created to bring League members and the community together for a night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks & dancing while also supporting a good cause. This year’s event will kick off the Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative—a fundraiser focused on raising awareness about the issues of aging in our community.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The Barn at Summerfield Farm
3202 Pleasant Ridge Road
Summerfield, North Carolina
Buy your tickets at http://www.jlgnight.gesture.com.
$50 per person. Ticket sales end Monday, October 30, 2017.
Questions? Contact Allyson Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this year, the Junior League of Greensboro announced our new focus area: the aging community. We’re pleased to introduce you to our community program partners and provide insight on how our volunteers will support them throughout the year.
Adult Center for Enrichment (ACE): Health Optimization, Fitness
JLG will support this initiative with 6-8 volunteers and $3,500.
ACE offers an adult daycare/day health center that provides meaningful activities for participants while freeing up family members during the work day. Health Optimization is a new program designed to enhance the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of adults who attend. Volunteers will be developing fitness program for ACE participants, leading a fitness class for ACE participants, and also training ACE staff and other volunteers to be able to lead the fitness class. This placement will include planning meetings with flexible times, and volunteering at an ACE site during the day.
Corporation of Guardianship: Friends Against Fraud
JLG will support this initiative with 8-10 volunteers and $10,200.
The Friends Against Fraud project will offer community-wide trainings to help raise awareness of elder financial abuse and to help prevent older adults from being financially exploited. Training materials developed by the FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Money Smart for Older Adults”) will be adapted for use with this project. JLG is to be the “face” of these programs in the Greensboro community. Volunteers will attend a training session by CoG and will then support the program by planning and promoting six events, acting as trainers at the events and helping with the day-of event logistics. Volunteers will be responsible for scheduling and planning their own training events. As this population is more active during daylight hours and caregivers and family may have more availability in the evening or weekends, some events will be held weekdays while others will be held on weekends..
Raising a Reader
JLG will support this initiative with 4-6 volunteers and $1,500.
Raising a Reader (RAR) helps families with children to practice and maintain a home-based literacy routine critical for school success. The research is clear: When families are involved, children’s academic achievement improves. This placement will put books in the homes and the hands of all kindergarteners at Cone Elementary. Volunteers will host a kick-off party to introduce families to the concept and conclude with a celebration for participating families. Throughout the school year, volunteers will go to kindergarten classrooms at Cone Elementary to help rotate the bags. Each bag contains a different set of age-appropriate books. Rotation logistics include checking in the bags, doing an inventory, giving the books a proactive cleaning with disinfectant wipes, and reissuing the next bag of books.
Community Housing Solutions
JLG will support this initiative with 8-10 volunteers and $10,200.
Volunteers with our Community Housing Solutions project will complete a total of six home repairs, including building ramps and other health-related repairs as related to water damage, performing demolition entrances to make them wheelchair accessible, installing grab bars and levered door handles, and other projects. Activities may also include yard work, such as removing trees and shrubs that have fallen on and damaged homes. These projects will take place on Saturdays, each lasting 6-7 hours. The committee will meet in between home repairs to plan slideshows of projects to be presented at JLG general membership meetings.
Senior Resources of Guilford: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)
JLG will support this initiative with 7-9 volunteers and $1,375.
This committee will coordinate program activities for two GRG support groups. All meetings will be held in the evening to accommodate working grandparents. JLG volunteers will help plan and conduct the meetings by identifying and inviting speakers, serving dinner, and introducing the speakers. JLG volunteers will also meet with the GRG support group coordinator to help plan and implement a Career Night dinner. Volunteers will assist with the event by helping to identify and secure three speakers to share their work experiences with the grandchildren and their grandparents, planning the program for the evening, introducing speakers, and planning and conducting alternate activities for the grandchildren under 8 years old who are too young for Career Night speakers. The committee will also assist with the annual Jingle Bell Ball and host a toy drive for the event.
Kids in the Kitchen (KITK)
JLG will support this initiative with 6-8 volunteers and $2,000.
KITK is a Junior League initiative that began in 2006.The goal is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, thereby preventing obesity and its associated health risks. KITK uses hands-on curriculum to educate both the parent and child on healthy eating choices. KITK will provide information on preparation of healthy meals and snacks. In addition, KITK will engage the children and parents in a conversation about a healthy lifestyle that includes not only healthy eating, but physical activity as well. The committee will have six events during the year. Five events will be at LeBauer Park for the community. They will also have a table and provide a demonstration at Touch a Truck in October. This committee will meet monthly as a group for planning and training.
JLG will support this initiative with 8-10 volunteers and $3,000.
Food Assistance serves low-income and disabled seniors in Guilford County with their Groceries on Wheels Program. Volunteers will work in the warehouse, getting groceries ready for delivery to seniors who are age 62+ and low income or without income, and are usually housebound. Some volunteers may also choose to assist with food deliveries.
Do you have a program that directly supports the local aging community and want to partner with the Junior League of Greensboro? Learn more.