The Junior League of Douglas County (JLDC) a women’s organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We focus, in particular, on literacy.
Here are a few reasons why Junior League of Douglas County is passionate about literacy:
* Reading skill is the single greatest predictor of future academic success. (National Assessment of Education Progress)
* 40% of America's children have difficulty learning to read. (National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, 1998)
* People in the US who are illiterate represent 75% of the unemployed; a third of mothers receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children; 85% of juveniles who appear in court and 60% of prison inmates. (Straight Talk About Reading, 1998).
However, with this initiative we want to bring a light on generational poverty effecting women and children. We’ve been working in the community for over 26 years and each year contribute over 2,000 volunteer hours to Douglas County. During the week of November 13-17, we are launching the Little Black Dress Initiative, an awareness campaign which will seek to increase knowledge around the limits poverty can play on employment opportunities by asking our members to wear one black outfit for a week. Wearing one single outfit for a week will highlight the effects limited resources can play on your quality of life.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Tax ID: 58-1736435 • www.thejldc.org