Little Black Dress Initiative 2018

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) will raise awareness of poverty in southern Arizona.

Each participant wears one black dress for five days the week of January 8-12, 2018, to illustrate the effects poverty can have on access to resources, confidence, and opportunities. Wearing the same dress for 5 days is meant to represent the lack of choice for Arizona families living in poverty.

Two of our community partners and community initiatives addressing this issue:

Kids in the Kitchen is a Junior League community initiative that began in 2006. The goal of Kids in the Kitchen is to engage kids and parents in the preparation of healthy meals, and to provide education on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

The Junior League of Tucson’s Kids in the Kitchen program travels to Tucson area schools and community events to teach children and their parents/caregivers how to make easy healthy snacks that are fun and affordable.  The program also teaches the importance of physical fitness, nutrition, and dental hygiene.

Marana Cares Mobile offers free, nutritious and delicious meals in an air conditioned mobile facility .Nutrition and health are critical to a child’s ability to learn and be successful. A project of the Marana Unified School District, Marana Cares Mobile meets these critical needs during school breaks and summer months so students are better prepared to return to school ready to learn. Handicap accessible and available to all children, the mobile unit offers a fun dining experience, with Wi-fi, Chromebooks and literacy encouragement . Marana Cares Mobile travels to residential areas with a high density of children who traditionally receive meal benefits during the school year.

How can you help?

Help us reach our fundraising goal!  Support our campaign by making a generous donation here. You may also mail a check to Junior League of Tucson, payable to JL Tucson, with “LBDI” in the memo line to: 2099 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

Funds raised will be split … HOW? In addition to contributing directly to the 2 programs above, a portion of the funds raised will go to the Junior League of Tucson to help us continue our efforts to support the community.  If you would like your contribution to go to a specific program, please make a note when entering your donation details.