• JLSF uses the Little Black Dress Initiative to combat poverty in Sioux Falls

    The week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1, Junior League of Sioux Falls members will be wearing their little black dresses to raise awareness — and funds — to combat poverty. You’ll be able to tell by the “Ask Me About My Little Black Dress” buttons, which the women will wear each day, as they also wear the same black dress.

    Many women living in poverty don’t have choices. Wearing the same clothing for a week is a visual way to raise awareness of the reality many women live every day with the lack of access to suitable work clothing. Poverty limits resources, options and even the ways you can express yourself — making it harder to make better life choices.

    Why is the Little Black Dress Initiative needed?
    Here’s some statistics about poverty in the Sioux Falls Metro Area:

    • 28,285 people are estimated to live below poverty levels
    • 15% increase for people needing food assistance
    • Despite a slightly lower cost of living, healthcare costs, which would seem to be more affordable given the staunch healthcare community in the Sioux Falls area, are higher than the national average (100) at 102.2 
    • 17,816 people in Minnehaha County rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
    • 50% of Sioux Falls School District students (district-wide), qualify for free or reduced-priced meals
    • 438 homeless students in 220 families with 13 unaccompanied youth were identified by the Sioux Falls School District
    • 200,000 meals approximately were served by the Banquet

    Poverty in South Dakota

    • 3 South Dakota counties are among the 12 poorest in the U.S. (based on per capita income)
    • Ranked 18th among those states most federally dependent on government assistance
    • 11.8% of South Dakotans were uninsured (South Dakota ranked 32nd nationally)
    • With the 2018 minimum wage of $8.85/hour, a person would need to work more than 65 hours per week to afford an average two-bedroom apartment
    • 31% of children live in a single-parent family
    • 17% of South Dakotan children are living in poverty (as of the 3rd quarter in 2018)
    • 4% to 53% is the range for children in poverty rates among South Dakota counties

    * Statistics provided by U.S. Census Bureau, Gallup, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls Business Journal South Dakota State Report, Minnehaha County Advisory Board, and Rapid City Journal. Statistics based on 2017 information, unless otherwise specified.

    JLSF is partnering with Dress for Success Sioux Falls. Our goal is to provide 50 pairs of non-skid, black shoes for Dress for Success clients. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Their most needed items are black non-skid shoes, new underwear, and socks. Volunteer opportunities at Dress for Success include clothes sorting and Career and Client coaching.

    Fast Facts from Dress for Success:

    • More than 1,400 women served since opening in October 2013
    • More than 88 referral partners in and around Sioux Falls
    • 499 client referrals in 2017
    • 67% of our clients in 2017 were between the ages 25-50
    • 95% of our clients are mothers; 48% are single mothers
    • 65% of our clients received public assistance
    • 74% of clients finished high school or have a GED; 24% have a college degree or other advanced degree

    How can you help?

    • Make a donation online. In the “Write Note (optional)” section, add LBDI and the name of the person you’re donating for. Once all fields are completed, click on “Donate Now” button to finalize your donation
    • You can also donate using cash or checks by connecting with a JLSF member. Checks can be made out to Junior League of Sioux Falls. In the memo line, please put LBDI. Mail to JLSF, 1000 N. West Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
    • Want to participate? Email JLSFLittleBlackDress@gmail.com.

     

  • Thank you to Nicole Roemen, DC for the awesome presentation at our March General Membership Meeting!
    Active JLSF Member and Chiropractor Nikki Roemen spoke to our members on March 15th about women's health and how acupuncture could help with some issues like adrenal fatigue, allergies, and menopausal symptoms.
  • Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 10

    Enjoy an evening of food, drinks and dancing at the Junior League of Sioux Falls' Masquerade Ball from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Minnehaha Country Club. Cocktail attire and masks are encouraged!

    Request your favorite song from the DJ, enjoy mouthwatering appetizers and a cash bar. Grab your favorite date or a group of friends, and get ready to dance the night away.

    Tickets are available at eventbrite.com for $40 each or $75 for two. A portion of the proceeds will support JLSF’s efforts in our community.

    RSVP on Facebook.

    Masquerade Ball Style Tips

    You’re ready for a night with friends and want to make sure you’ve got the right outfit. When we say cocktail attire and black tie optional what does it mean? We’re here to help! Check out our ideas below but, remember, this is your time to shine so make sure you feel fabulous in whatever you pick!

    For the Ladies: Cocktail defined: Festive and fun but not formal, elegance is great but sparkle can wow! Up your game: Throw on that floor length to become black tie ready and try out something in satin or even a layered taffeta or tulle skirt with a beautiful top. Embrace the rainbow: don’t limit yourself to just black, try a flirty red or a deep blue..don’t limit your options. Don’t forget to frost your self: your jewelry can make your night! Choose for long earings that glitter or a necklace that all will want. A gorgeous metallic bracelet can add that finishing touch you’re looking for. LBD: don’t forget the classic. A little black dress or pant suit can turn into something magical when we add our mask!

    For the Gentleman: Suit Up: a well-fitted suit in a classic color choice will make sure your date only has eyes for you. Classic Touch: a white shirt and dark ties can make you shine as much as your shoes. Level Up: Wow the crowd with a tux and bow tie, you know you’ll be making heads turn with a mask and tux.


    • Junior League of Sioux Falls — Masquerade Ball — Saturday, Feb. 10


    • Wearing masks isn't required, but it's a fun part of attending a masquerade ball!

  • Attend the Jan. GMM to hear from Chelsea Tracy

    The Junior League of Sioux Falls (JLSF) promotes women making a positive impact in their communities. We're excited to announce that Chelsea Tracy will speak at the JLSF General Membership Meeting (GMM) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Luciano's North (431 N Phillips Ave @ West 5th St).

    Chelsea Tracy of Chelsea’s Boutique will be speaking on personal styling and dressing for your unique body shape and color palette.

    Visitors are welcome! The January GMM starts at 6:30 p.m. (social begins at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Luciano's North (431 N Phillips Ave @ West 5th St).

  • Attend the Nov. 16 GMM to hear from Angie Jensen

    The Junior League of Sioux Falls (JLSF) promotes women making a positive impact in their communities. We're excited to announce that Angella Jensen will speak at the JLSF General Membership Meeting (GMM) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Luciano's North (431 N Phillips Ave @ West 5th St).

    Angella Jensen of Empowered Commitment will present "The Language of Success and Changing Your Thinking to Propel Forward." She is certified in DreamBuilding principles through the Life Mastery Institute, the premier center for transformational coaching and in ASIST principles through Living Works. As a Dream Builder Coach, she can help people achieve career goals that they love and that are in harmony with their core values. She specializes in helping people accelerate their results and create richer more meaningful lives.

    At the JLSF meeting, you'll take away key principles from Angella's Vision workshop to help you harness your life's purpose and the prosperity you deserve.

    Visitors are welcome! The November GMM starts at 6:30 p.m. (social begins at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Luciano's North (431 N Phillips Ave @ West 5th St).


    • Our November 16 guest speaker is Angella Jensen of Empowered Commitment

  • H-Vee Donates to JLSF from Operation Helpful Smile

    Thanks to Hy-Vee Food Stores for allowing Junior League of Sioux Falls to participate in Operation Helpful Smiles again this year. From Sept. 6-12, all donations at the cash registers at Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores went to JLSF, with Hy-Vee matching the funds for a total donation of $1,183.53.

    Thank-you, Hy-Vee, for all you do for Sioux Falls!


    • Thanks to Hy-Vee Food Stores for Operation Helpful Smiles total donation of $1,183.53.

  • Attend the Oct. 19 GMM to hear from Katie Shuck

    The Junior League of Sioux Falls (JLSF) promotes women making a positive impact in their communities. We're excited to announce that Katie Shuck will speak at the JLSF General Membership Meeting (GMM) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Luciano's North (431 N Phillips Ave @ West 5th St).

    Katie will be teaching our League members how to talk about JLSF when we are promoting the organization to a business, friend or family member. She is excited to share her insight and expertise on this topic with our League!

    A JLSF member, Katie was previously a member of the Junior League of Portland, OR, where she served as Strategic Fund Development Co-Chair, Fund Development Vice President, President-Elect, President, was a member of the New Member committee, and was an advisor to the JLP CAREs and Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids committees. Katie currently is serving on the AJLI Governance Board as the 2016-2018 At-Large Member.

    Visitors are welcome! The October GMM starts at 6:30 p.m. (social begins at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Luciano's North.


    • JLSF member Katie Shuck currently is serving on the AJLI Governance Board as the 2016-2018 At-Large Member.

  • Prospective Member Mixer on Thursday, Sept. 14

    Are you interested in making a difference in the Sioux Falls community? Have questions about Junior League? Curious about who we are and what we do? Join us at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Minerva's and get your questions answered by current members. Open to all women interested in hearing more about the Junior League of Sioux Falls. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest. Please RSVP to jlsf@jlsiouxfalls.org or to our Facebook event.


    • Join us Sept. 14 for our Prospective Member Mixer at Minerva's.

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