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The Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative

The Junior League of Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to announce a fundraising campaign, the little black dress initiative, that will bring awareness to women facing distress, whether from poverty, violence or inequality.  This initiative exemplifies the Junior League’s mission to empower women in the Lynchburg community.  Participants wear one black dress, for one week to highlight the effect distressful situations can have on a woman’s access to resources.  Funds raised are given to services that help support women in Lynchburg who are affected by these situations.

The Junior League of Lynchburg, Virginia has served the community since 1926.

In the 1920’s they saw a need for medical care for less fortunate children and opened the Preschool and Birth Clinic, known today as the Free Clinic of Central Virginia.

During WWII the League purchased $3,500 worth of war bonds and was awarded a Treasury Department Certificate for work on the 6th War Bond Drive.

In the 1960’s Sheltered Industries and Bargain Mart began.  Sheltered Industries provides a p[lace of employment to the mentally and physically handicapped.  Bargain Mart is known as Lynchburg’s Largest Indoor Yard Sale.  It has raised over $800,000 throughout its history.

The Kaleidoscope Festival was founded in the 1970’s.  This yearly festival is held in September and includes art shows, the Virginia Ten Miler and the Junior League Day in the Park.  A free, family fun day with rides, games, exhibits, and concessions.  It is usually held the second Saturday of September.

During the 1980’s the Adult Day Care Center and Battered Women’s Shelter were created.  The Adult Day Care gives families an alternative to nursing homes.  The Battered Women’s Shelter provides a safe haven for women and children who have escaped an abusive situation.

Kids Haven was created during the 1990’s.  A center fro grieving children, professional counselors meet with children between the ages of 3 to 18 who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  During this timeframe research was done and it was determined that Lynchburg needed a children’s museum.  Today the museum is known as Amazement Square, Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum.

In the early 2000’s the League spearheaded the Riverside Park Sprayground as a way to get children active and help combat childhood obesity.

To learn more about the great things the Junior League of Lynchburg has done, or to get involved with them and their hands-on volunteer opportunities visit their website at  They are located at 1113 Church Street in downtown Lynchburg.  434.846.6641.

**information found in this blog post is from the website of the Junior League of Lynchburg.