Nadine's One Black Dress Week
This fall, the United Way is on a mission to turn the classic icon of the “Black Dress” into a visual representation of the lack of choice and opportunities for those struggling to make ends meet and living paycheck to paycheck during our first ever One Black Dress Initiative. I will be wearing the same black dress for 5 days in a row (November 13-17) to spark dialogue and awareness about those living in our community who have been traditionally labeled as "the working poor". In the Northern Shenandoah Valley alone, more than 40 percent of people live above the poverty line, are typically working, but are unable to make ends meet, living on the edge every day, having to make hard choices. Many of these people are ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, and employed), making just enough to not qualify for government help, but having few places to turn when things get tough. I am hopeful that the One Black Dress Initiative will help me personally connect much needed resources to those who cannot afford more than one professional outfit or where cost is a barrier to them getting that one step up from their current situation. I would love to have your support in the One Black Dress Initiative. I am so passionate about the United Way and the work we do and am inspired by the impact your donations can have on the Greater Northern Shenandoah Valley community conjunction with our mission and community programs.
Goal $ 1,458.00
50.41% towards our goal
$ 735.00 raised
I'm hoping to raise $1458.00 which represents the cost of housing in the Household Survival Budget for 2 Adults, 1 infant and 1 preschooler (according to the ALICE Report for Clarke County), which is the county I live in.