The Junior League Atlanta Raises Funds and Awareness for Generational Poverty
By Deanna Anderson, President, Junior League Atlanta
Atlanta leads the country in income inequality. Fifty-one percent of Georgia’s children qualify for free lunch and 18 percent of households live below the poverty line. To say life is tough for many of our neighbors is an understatement. Many are suffering and face insurmountable odds.
For this reason the Junior League of Atlanta will participate in the Second Annual Little Black Dress Initiative from October 24-28, 2016. The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) brings to light the struggles of those living in poverty.
Through this week, 85 LBDI Advocates, myself included, will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities. By wearing a button that reads “Ask Me About My Dress”, Advocates invite dialogue along colleagues, friends and strangers to raise awareness about generational poverty.
For women and children living in poverty, there are daily struggles:
- Where will I get the food for our next meal?
- How will I afford a new dress for my job interview this week?
- Who will watch my children while I am at my interview?
- How much will I have to pay them?
The list of questions continues.
The dress may seem trivial, but it is a way to make the “small” struggles of poverty visible and initiate important conversations among our communities. All around us, neighbors struggle to afford housing, childcare and more. LBDI Advocates take the following pledge:
- For 5 days I will participate in theJLA’s LBDI by wearing the same dress.
- For 5 days I will raise awareness for the 1.8 million people who live in poverty in Georgia – providing a voice for those who struggle daily.
- For 5 days I’ll proudly wear the same dress to work, the supermarket, meetings, dinners and more.
- For 5 days I will raise funds to support the mission of the JLA.
- For 5 days I will share with others WHY they need to get involved and support the LBDI by making a donation.
JLA has been serving women and children in need for 100 years. Please consider supporting the LBDI and stepping forward to raise awareness for our 1.8 million neighbors living below the poverty line in Georgia. We invite the Atlanta community to join us in supporting this cause by visiting our website, https://lbdijla.causevox.com/. On Friday, Oct. 28, be a part of the campaign by wearing your own black outfit and sharing our website among your family, friends and colleagues. As one voice, we can make a difference.