What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?
The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an awareness and fundraising campaign employed by many Junior Leagues around the world. The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. (JLP) will host its second annual campaign from October 12-16, 2020. Participants will wear a black dress or black outfit, as they are able, for five consecutive days as a visible symbol of participation and to start conversations and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Philadelphia area. Participants will also use social media to solicit funds from family, friends, and coworkers that will be donated to selected partner organizations that are aligned with the JLP’s Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™. Participation in this campaign is optional.
The primary focus of JLP’s LBDI is to raise funds for community organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area that focus on eliminating food insecurity. We issued a “request for proposal” to 18 organizations and received 9 responses. We thoughtfully selected two organizations to be the recipients of our fundraising efforts, Community Center at Visitation and Greener Partners. Each identified partner organization will receive 50 percent of funds raised through the campaign. With the exception of the nominal fees that must be paid to implement this initiative, all funds raised during LBDI will be donated to the Community Center at Visitation and Greener Partners.
Benefiting Partner Organizations
The Community Center at Visitation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It provides support and access to social services to improve educational and employment opportunities. In addition, its food pantry supplies healthy food options for patrons suffering from food scarcity. Health screening and mentoring for the Center’s at-risk population focuses on cardiovascular, diabetes, obesity, and addiction-related afflictions. The Center wants to inspire and provide the tools for individuals to learn new skills and become better professionals, family, and community members. In doing so, the Center believes that it will share a sense of belonging to a community everyone respects, deserves, and loves.
For more information visit: https://www.communitycenteratvis.org/about
Greener Partners’ mission is to strengthen community health through food, farms, and education. Greener Partners was founded in 2008 to connect communities in Philadelphia to healthy food, vibrant farms, and fun, hands-on educational experiences. Greener Partners’ programs focus on promoting access to fresh food, teaching urban farming practices, educating its clients on nutrition and food as medicine, and providing garden consultations. Farm Explorer, one of Greener Partners’ signature programs, is a mobile farm and food adventure that brings science and healthy eating to life and sparks curiosity about plants and the food we eat.
For more information visit: https://greenerpartners.org/