The Little Black Dress Initiative(LBDI) is a global effort started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness about the impact of generational poverty. Participants are encouraged to wear the same black outfit for a whole week along with a button to draw others to ask about their outfit. This small gesture illustrates the lack of resources and options that families living in poverty face. In addition, participants share reflections each day of that week on social media to further share statistics about poverty in their community.
Did you know… Peoria is home to the 2nd most economically distressed zip code in Illinois and the 48th most economically distressed zip code in the nation? You can help the Junior League of Peoria change this devastating fact.
In August 2018, the Junior League of Peoria kicked off its first Little Black Dress Initiative! The week consisted of a kick off brunch with a partner restaurant, Industry Brewing, who helped us create a special beer to sell for that week only. We also hosted a yoga Sunday, Junior League members as bartenders night and closing happy hour. These events raised awareness about poverty in our community while training and empowering our members to advocate for the causes they care about. We raised $7,000 to help fight poverty in the Peoria area. We are using the funds to expand our Kids in the Kitchen programming.