What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?

Little Black Dress Initiative (#LBDI) is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign that harnesses the power of social media and doing something “a little different” in order to educate people about local issues that Leagues work on in their communities.

In the New Haven community, our LBDI will underscore the effects of poverty on our most vulnerable populations.

Junior League of Greater New Haven LBDI Advocates wear the same black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources. By wearing a button that reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” they invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to illustrate how limited resources affect daily life and raise awareness about the basic needs to help break the cycle of poverty.

Support our Junior League of Greater New Haven members in their goal to raise funds and awareness about poverty in our community. Select a member below to access her personal fundraising page. 

Ashley AhearnAmber Anthony

Tracey Aribenchi

Naomie Baptiste

Maeghan BeahmKeisha Blake Harp

Amelia Chivetta

Damaris Clark-Spear

Katherine Devine

Eileen DeVries

Anna DoremusIshtar Edwards 
Ashley Fitton Caitlin Gallagher Allison Gallaspy Morgan Hayden 
Sheila Hultgren Giangrande
Jessica Khazak Kathleen Krolak Jennifer Kuhn 
Amanda Lorenz Gerri Lyons Bell Katrina Meier Amy Nelson 
Katrina OngJennifer Phillips Bagwell P Nikia Pinkney Jessica Preece 
Elizabeth Protzman
Kate Reid Haley Sabitus Nicole Thomas 
Kelly Wakeland   

You can become an Advocate, too! If you are a community partner and want to participate, email lbdi@jlgnh.org.

Have questions? Contact lbdi@jlgnh.org.

Where will my donations go?

The funds raised make possible the work and mission of the Junior League of Greater New Haven. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Is poverty a problem in the New Haven community?

Yes! Here are just a few shocking statistics about poverty locally:

  • 22% of New Haven residents are food insecure.
  • 500,000 Connecticut residents rely on snap assistance.
  • 1 in 4 people in New Haven live at or below the poverty line.
  • 26.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Haven, CT (32.3k out of 122k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.
  • Food insecurity is defined a lack of consistent access to affordable, nutritious food. Food insecurity affects 13.9% of Connecticut residents, but the New Haven rate is 22%-- twice the national average.

Learn more by visiting these resources:

  • https://yhhap.org/the-challenge
  • https://www.deskct.org
  • https://www.cfgnh.org/articles/basic-needs-fund
  • https://www.ctdatahaven.org/data-resources/state-hunger-new-haven-report-food-insecurity-and-recommendations-action-2017-2018

Started by the Junior League of London in 2014, dozens of Junior Leagues have replicated the initiative in their own communities. Learn more about this Association-wide program: https://www.ajli.org/?nd=lbdi_ext.

Donation goal

Goal: $5,000.00
Collected: $5,674.49
113%

The Junior League of Greater New Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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