JLLV's Little Black Dress Initiative

From October 14th through the 18th, members of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley will wear the same little black dress for 5 consecutive days! The Little Black Dress Initiative is about raising awareness and starting conversations in our community about poverty in the Lehigh Valley and its effects on educational disparity in children. Our 2019 campaign goal is to raise $20,000. All of the proceeds will go to the JLLV general fund which will finance the many projects that the league sponsors or champions in the Lehigh Valley that are designed to directly address the issue of educational disparity. 

Did you know . . .

  • In PA, 1 in 6 children live in food insecure households. For the Lehigh Valley, that statistic is 1 in 4 children.
  • 75,000 Lehigh Valley residents are relying on monthly visits to food banks.
  • In the Greater Lehigh Valley, only 10-16% of the kids who receive free or reduce cost lunch or breakfast during the school year, have access a summer meal program.
  • Children from low-income homes who don’t read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 13 times more likely to drop out of high school.
  • 1 in 3 Lehigh Valley third graders aren't reading on grade level. Third grade reading is directly linked to high school dropout rates.
  • Low-income students not engaged in summer learning fall 2-3 grade levels behind their peers by the end of 5th grade.
  • 35% of fourth grade students entered the classroom reading below grade level.
  • For every five years a student goes without quality education programs during the summer months, the equivalent of one year of school hours is lost.

Please help us shed some light on these issues, and reach our fundraising goal so that we will be able to continue the important work we are doing in our community! All donations are tax-deductible.

Follow us on social media and the #TheLBDI and #JLLVLBDI to see the progress during our campaign.

Instagram: @jllvpa

Facebook: @JuniorleagueLV

About the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley ...

The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We reach out to women of all origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism. Our purposes are exclusively educational and charitable. We focus on Strengthening Families through our service in the community.  Founded in 1901 by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities. The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley currently focuses on the community-based issue of Educational Disparity and Food Insecurity within the lower income communities of the Lehigh Valley. 

Junior League of the Lehigh Valley is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 24-0838715. Pennsylvania law requires us to inform you that a copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.





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