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The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.

 
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community.  Through its actions and the leadership of trained volunteers, the JLC has been a leading force in improving the lives of children and families.  Since 1926, the JLC has dedicated over $13.5 million dollars and more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service to the greater Charlotte community.  In the 2016-2017 year, the JLC will dedicate over $50,000 and over 9,800 hours of volunteer service to the betterment of the Charlotte community.  Projects supported by the JLC include: The Junior League of Charlotte's Cornerstone Project at Reid Park Academy, Alexander Youth Network, Give Kids A Smile, Big Shots Saturdays, JLC Healing Arts for Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and more.  For additional information, call (704) 375-5993 or visit www.jlcharlotte.org.  You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

During the week of April 3-7, The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) is running our second annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDi)- a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges that face the over 1.6 milliion North Carolinians living in poverty.  Povery means living without the financial support to adequately cover shelter, healthcare, food and other essential necessities.  As participants, our members will demonstrate the limits that poverty can play on citizens in our community by wearing one black dress for five consecutive working days:

1.  To raise awareness of the difficulties facing those who are in need and have few resources;
2.  To understand how limited resources can affect daily life; and
3.  To fundraise supporting the mission of the JLC to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential of women and to improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


The LBDi was pioneered by the Junior League of London who, during London Fashion week, wore the same black dress to work, parties, dinners, and events to raise funds and increase awareness of poverty in the city.  The campaign was such a success, the group called on Junior League chapters acrs the world to host their own LBDis throughout the year.

Growing up and living in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development and poverty and financial stress can impede a child's cognitive development and their ability to learn.  JLC members and other participants will wear the same black dress or outfit to work for five consecutive days with a pin that requests the public to, "Ask Me About My Dress," with the goal of sparking conversation and spreading awareness of the initiative and its objectives.  In addition, participants will be volunteering at local community partners including but not limited to Promising Pages, Second Harvest Food Bank and The Alexander Youth Network.

Support the JLC by joining the campaign and/or making a donation to the Little Black Dress Initiative.  Your donation will go directly to the JLC and will help us continue to deliver on our mission in Charlotte and surrounding communities.