JLM Events

Little Black Dress Initiative – November 18-22, 2019

Little Black Dress Initiative (#LBDI) is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign that harnesses the power of social media and doing something “a little different” in order to educate people about local issues that Leagues work on in their communities.

In Morristown, our LBDI will underscore invisible poverty, the gap between the Federal Poverty level and what is needed for a household survival budget (housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care, technology (phone/internet), taxes) in Morris County. In 2016, 38.5% of New Jersey households had income below what is needed to afford the basic necessities.  For more information click here.  

Junior League of Morristown LBDI Advocates and our community partners wear the same black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources. By wearing a button that reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” they invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about invisible poverty, the challenges it creates, and how the Junior League of Morristown’s projects and grants addresses these challenges.

How can I participate?

There are two ways you can get involved:

Become an Advocate! Sign up to be an Advocate and raise awareness and funds to combat the impact of poverty, by wearing 1 dress for 5 days during LBDI week. Sign up as an individual or as a team!

Become a Sponsor! Support those in our League wearing the dress by becoming a sponsor through a monetary donation to LBDI or product donation for our service projects being held during the November GMM on 11/17/19.

Email Lbdi.morristown@gmail.com for more information.


JLM Community Volunteer Projects and Partners

Children Making Healthy Choices

CMHC focuses on educating children and their families and the importance of leading healthy lifestyles. We encourage and educate children and families on daily exercise and healthy eating habits with a busy schedule and on a tight budget.

Morristown High School Colonial Closet

 The Colonial Closet at Morristown High School (MHS) aims to support, with dignity, its students who are struggling economically. According to the 2016-17 NJ School Performance Report, there were 1,794 students enrolled at MHS with 25% of them considered to be Economically Disadvantaged.

The Colonial Closet was established in late 2015 by the school’s Social Worker after recognizing some of her students basic needs were not being met. It is now organized and facilitated by the school and its Home & School Association (HSA). The JLM’s partnership with the Colonial Closet began in 2016 after the JLM dedicated its focus on addressing the unmet needs of teens in Morris County.

Click here for a fact sheet about the JLM's impact through the Colonial Closet.

Scholarship Awards 

*NOW ACCEPTING 2019-2020 APPLICATIONS*

Since 1986, the Junior League of Morristown has awarded over $250,000 to High School seniors in Morris & Somerset Counties who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to voluntarism in their school and community. 

For the past 11 years, the JLM began awarding a $2,500 Women Moving Forward scholarship to a woman 40 years of age and older, who is planning to attend or is attending college or trade school after taking time away from school.

This year, we are pleased to introducce a new Post-Secondary Education Grant. You can learn more on our Voluntarism Scholarships page.

2019-2020 Scholarship Award winners will be contacted in early April 2020. The formal awards ceremony will take place during our April General Membership Meeting.

JLM is a Proud Member of AJLI

JLM is "All In"

The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901. 

Strength in numbers: JLM is a part of an international network of 291 Leagues made up of over 150,000 women, in four countries, engaged in life-changing work in their own communities.

The JLM has been working for change within the Morristown community for 81 years!

To learn more about our League, please review our Fact Sheet.

To view our 2018-2019 Annual Report, click here.

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