Fall 2017 New Member Class

The Junior League of Bronxville is excited to announce the launch of its Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI), an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness around the issue of poverty in New York and our community. Will you accept the challenge to make poverty unfashionable? Here is what you need to know.


  1. What is the Little Black Dress Initiative (“LBDI”)?

More than one in eight million women in America live in poverty. In Westchester County, the poverty rate is 9.9%. To raise awareness around poverty and the limits poverty can play on day to day choices, The Junior League of Bronxville, Inc. is launching the Little Black Dress Initiative. Each participant wears one black dress (or black outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, confidence, and opportunities.

While our goal is to raise awareness, we also want to turn that awareness into action. We’re aiming to raise enough funds to fill up a collection of little black bags to hand out to the children of the Yonkers Community Center. The little black bags will contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, healthy snacks, a puzzle or coloring book – things that might be considered to be everyday items but, are much harder to come by for the percent of Westchester children living below the poverty line.

LBDI Starts January 8th

  1. When does the LBDI begin?

The challenge will run from Monday, January 8 to Friday, January 12.

  1. Who can participate?

We’d love for as many people to participate. This challenge is open to everyone, not just JLB members. We encourage getting friends, family, and co-workers involved in helping us raise awareness.

  1. How can I participate?

Simply wear one black dress during the week of the challenge. Participants are asked to document and share their week experience by posting on social media using #JLBdoesLBDI #makingpovertyunfashionable #TheLBDI #povertyawareness

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  1. How do I donate?

Donate by clicking on the fundraising link. Please note “The LBDI” with your donation.

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