Little Black Dress Initiative

Logo for the Little Black Dress Initiative by the Junior League of Boston, featuring a silhouette of a cap sleeved black dress and the logo of the Junior League of Boston.The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness around the issue of poverty in Boston. During the week of February 26, 2018 through March 2, 2018, LBDI Advocates wore 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.

This year, 100% of all funds raised during the LBDI week went to the Junior League of Boston Homelessness Prevention Fund at Women’s Lunch Place, a safe, comfortable day shelter, providing nutritious meals, and critical support services for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Little Black Dress initiative will assure a warm, safe bed for Boston’s most vulnerable women, along with freedom from the anxiety of where they will next lay their head.

We are proud to announce that we will launch our 2nd LBDI campaign from February 25 to March 1, 2019. Stay tuned for information on how to participate and support this important work.

    Little Black Dress Initiative Final Numbers

    • $30,725.75 raised for the Junior League of Boston Homelessness Prevention Fund at Women’s Lunch Place. Funds raised will help 33 women get back into stable housing.
    • 63 Advocates
    • 516 Donors
    • 30+ Volunteers at Women’s Lunch Place on Monday and Thursday
    • 25+ Women at Wednesday’s Fireside Chat featuring Elizabeth Keeley – Women’s Lunch Place; John Samaan – Boston Rescue Mission; Martha Sandler – On the Rise; and Debra Veth – Catie’s Closet.
    • 15+ bags of clothing and toiletries collected for Catie’s Closet

    Thank you for your generous support!

    Logo for The Women's Lunch Place, with the tagline "Dignity is everything." Logo for the organization Catie's Closet