Owensboro Junior League Launches 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative

OWENSBORO, Ky (WFIE) – The Owensboro Junior League launched its third annual Little Black Dress initiative on Monday.

The group is dedicating this year’s event to raising awareness of homelessness in the community.

Participants wear the same black dress every day for the rest of this week.

By not changing clothes, they highlight the need for more resources for homeless women.

Junior League Vice President Jen Vogel says wearing her dress gives her an opportunity to reflect on the challenges some women might face.

“This dress embodies, you know, a struggle that women go through,” Vogel said. “The struggle for me is very small to wear this dress five days in a row, but it’s just to help open my eyes to the struggle that other women in our community are going through.”

While putting on the same outfit every morning might seem like an easy task, participants are learning a much harder lesson this week.

“The first day is always so easy. You’re like… I don’t have to choose what I’m going to wear. It’s going to be fun, but on the fourth day, you’re like… It’s hard. I can’t imagine having fewer freedoms than I have now because of my situation,” Vogel said.

The Junior League also raises money to benefit a new emergency shelter for women and children called My Sister’s Keeper.

The shelter’s executive director, Angel Welsh, says she hopes the move will help people see the bigger issue at stake.

“To think that another child has no safe place to lay his head or another woman has no safe place to lay her head, it is difficult for me to lay my head at night in my own bed and these are opportunities that should’t be privileges,” Welsh said.

If you see a participant wearing a black dress and a button, be sure to ask them why they are wearing it.

If you are interested in donating to the My Sister’s Keeper Women’s and Children’s Shelter to help with building efforts, you can do this here.

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