The Junior League of High Point’s “Little Black Dress Initiative” Provides Funds for High Point YWCA Career Closet
High Point, NC – As part of their Little Black Dress Initiative, the Junior League of High Point donated $1,250 to the High Point YWCA Career Closet. The Little Black Dress Initiative is designed to assist women in the community who are seeking to better their lives through employment by facilitating their access to necessary attire. Numerous High Point households are faced with difficult financial decisions every day, such as whether to pay for utilities or buy groceries to feed their family. Many women in the community have limited career opportunities because they lack professional clothing needed for interviewing and/or retaining a job.
Photo caption – Junior League of High Point Members present the YWCA Board of Directors a check to support the Career Closet. (L-R): Laura Johnston, Taylor Travers, Hannah Weant, Crystal Staley, YWCA Board Member, Grace Lackey, YWCA Board Member, Sadie Leder Elder, Amy Cooper-Cline.
“Between 2002 and 2004, the Junior League of High Point collaborated with the YWCA to establish their Women’s Resource Center, which includes The Career Closet,” says Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, President of the Junior League of High Point. “We are so proud of our new Active members for the awareness and support that they were able to bring to the plight of poverty and its impact on women. It was thrilling to see our new members build upon the League’s established community partnerships to help empower females in our High Point community.”
The Junior League of High Point conducted a week-long awareness campaign to gain insight into the lives of these women, encourage discussion and raise funds to provide effective action. League Members also hosted an event at Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) in High Point, titled “Common Threads: A Little Black Dress Initiative”.
“The Little Black Dress Initiative not only allowed us to raise awareness of this issue women face in our community every day and experience it from a different perspective, but allowed us to give back in a financial manner to help the issue directly”, says Grace Lackey, Junior League of High Point Provisional Class Member. “I am so proud to be a part of an organization of women who come together as one to give back to the community in fundraisers, workshops, and events such as this one.”
To learn more about this initiative and to make a donation to support the Junior League of High Point’s mission, please visit www.jlhp.org.
About The Junior League of High Point
The Junior League of High Point’s dedicated women have promoted volunteerism, developed the potential of women and improved the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers since 1928. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of High Point has been a member of the Association of Junior League International since 1952. www.jlhp.org