The Junior League of Lynchburg is holding its 2nd Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from October 9-13, 2017. This is a community-wide awareness and fundraising campaign focusing on women facing distress, whether it be poverty, violence, inequality, or other injustice, in the Lynchburg area. Participants will wear one black dress (or other appropriate black attire) for five consecutive days, to illustrate the effects such difficult situations have on access to resources, confidence, and employment opportunities.
In 2016, the LBDI raised over $6,500 for both the Domestic Violence Prevention Center and Sexual Assault Response Program for the YWCA of Central VA. This year our goal is to raise even more to help women in need in the community. Funds will benefit the Domestic Violence Prevention Center, the Sexual Assault Response Program, and the Economic Empowerment Program.
To kick off our event and heighten community awareness of our initiative, the women of the Junior League of Lynchburg have decided to participate in the OOTD Walk wearing our little black dresses. Women who experience domestic violence and other related traumas have 8 times the risk for suicide than the general population, and together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we hope to have a significant impact on statistics such as these!
More information about the Junior League of Lynchburg's Little Black Dress Initiative, including how to participate in the campaign can be found at http://www.jrleaguelynchburg.org/events/lbdi/.
Thank you for your support!