Little Black Dress Initiative is going on now! October 12 - October 16th!

What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?

The Little Black Dress Initiative was launched in 2014 by the Junior League of London with the goal to "Make Poverty Unfashionable". Instead of attending London Fashion Week, local Junior Leaguers were wearing the same black dress every day to raise funds and raise awareness of poverty in their city. Word of the campaign's success spread and now, so has the initiative itself. Along with Junior Leagues across the county, the Junior League of Indian River is taking a stand against poverty by holding our first annual Little BlackDress Initiative – a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges that face the over 3.2 million Floridians living in poverty.

Poverty means living without the financial support to adequately cover shelter, healthcare, food and other essential necessities. As participants, our members will demonstrate the limits that poverty can play on women in our community by wearing one black dress for five working days:

  • To raise awareness of the difficulties facing those who are in need and have few resources;
  • To share information about the connection between poverty and domestic violence;
  • To understand how limited resources can affect daily life; and
  • To fundraise supporting the mission of SafeSpace and their work to offer victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create a safe independent life, free from violence.

Why the Little Black Dress?

The one dress every day represents the lack of choices for those who live in poverty. Wearing the dress is symbolic of standing in solidarity with those living in poverty because contrary to what some might think, poverty can look like any one of us. Our hope is that this initiative will help to humanize and give a voice to the faces of poverty.

Learn more and donate to the Little Black Dress Initiative

junior league indian river woman of the year

To the attendees of Woman of the Year,

We are very sorry to inform you that, due to the COVID-19 threat, we have decided to postpone the upcoming Woman of the Year event. Instead of Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 the event will take place on March 24, 2021. All other details of the event will remain the same: location, time, nominees etc.

We expect there will be questions, and we invite you to contact us at WOTY@jlir.org should you have any. 


Thank you so much for your understanding and support. We wish everyone good health during this uncertain time.

We hope you will all join us in March 2021 to honor our fabulous group of Nominees!


Become a member

Interested in joining the Junior League of Indian River? To inquire about submitting your application and joining contact membership@jlir.org. Visit our Provisionals page for more info!

Mission of Junior League of Indian River

The Junior League of Indian River (JLIR) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

About Junior League of Indian River

Members of JLIR are astute business, community and family leaders who are poised and passionate about everything they do. The organization provides a forum that brings like-minds together and serves multiple functions:

As an opportunity for individuals to develop their interpersonal and organizational skills to become the next generation of community and business leaders.

To provide an organization that actively contributes to the community and engages with individuals in need.

To develop a network of friends and associates that will help one another and serve as mentors to other young women.

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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 274
Vero Beach, FL 32961-0274

Email: jlindianriver@jlir.org