Little Black Dress 2024

A Poverty Awareness Campaign


The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a fundraising campaign underscoring the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin's commitment to building public awareness around hunger and poverty in North Pinellas County, especially related to children and their families. 

Coinciding with Poverty Awareness Month, participating League members will wear the same black dress for five days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman's access to resources, self-confidence, and better opportunities.

During these five days, members will share, via social media, local statistics about poverty and food insecurity and request donations towards our efforts to fight poverty in North Pinellas County.


In North Pinellas County, 10,000 children live in poverty.

38% of the children living in poverty, in North Pinellas County, are under the age of six.

Children living in poverty are often without access to books and fall behind their peers:

  • By third grade, children living in poverty are reading a year, or more, below their grade level.
  • By sixth grade, they are reading two, or more, years below their grade level.
  • By twelfth grade, children living in poverty are reading four, or more, years behind their peers   academically.


How the JLCD uses your donations through the Little Black Dress Initiative to combat poverty-related issues in our community include:

  • By fully funding “Calvin’s Closet”  year-round with food, clothing, and hygiene items throughout 
         the school year. This initiative helps children at Calvin A. Hunsinger School, a Clearwater, FL,
        Title 1 alternative school, by working to provide equity towards the seen disparity in nutrition and
         health status throughout North Pinellas and do their best in school.

  • By working with a national organization called Feeding the Fosters. This holiday season we were able to provide eighteen (18) families with full Thanksgiving meals!
  • By working with local community providers, such as Cops 'n Kids in Tarpon Springs, which offers
        no-cost after-school childcare for school-age children to fund a closet that provides snacks, books,
        supplies, and hygiene bags to students. Last summer, we were able to donate equipment for their
        outdoor play space. 

  • By providing snacks and a special summer treat to students that attend the
        Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast.

  • By donating backpacks and school supplies to 150+ students at Sandy Lane Elementary last summer.

  • By sponsoring and hand-building more than 40 beds, in partnership with a national organization,
        Sleep in Heavenly Peace, then donated the beds and bedding to local children in need.

Please help us keep these initiatives running throughout the next year! Thank you for your donations.

How would you like to support?


Recent Activity

Name Jillian Vega
Activity Type Donation
Amount $15.00
Date 02/03/24
for "Tracy Devore"
Name Stacy-Jimmy Walker
Activity Type Donation
Amount $100.00
Date 01/31/24
for "Jessica Turner Johnson"
Name Becky Erickson
Activity Type Donation, Mailing list
Amount $50.00
Date 01/30/24
for "Kat Tracy"
Name Becky Erickson
Activity Type Donation, Mailing list
Amount $50.00
Date 01/30/24
for "Melissa Peters"
Name Kate Webb
Activity Type Donation, Mailing list
Amount $25.00
Date 01/30/24
for "Kate Webb"

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