During the week of September 19-22, Women United and friends will lead a poverty awareness campaign, Little Black Dress, with more than one hundred women each wearing a black dress or outfit for four days, along with a goal to raise $250 each and a team goal of $1,500.
New this year! Teams! Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. To be eligible you have to raise at least $2,500. Teams are limited to 6 people. Individuals can still particiapte and are encouraged to raise $500.
The funds raised are used to fund the education initiative of the United Way and focused on keeping families in their homes, making sure kids are able to get to school and learn, as well as finding mentors for these students.
Community, Caring & Cocktails Event - Sept. 22 - Purchase Tickets TODAY!
Following the campaign, we invite the community to join in on the celebration and attend the Community, Caring & Cocktails Event on Thursday, Sept. 22. The event will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the Little Black Dress Celebration Social are $40, with $25 sponsoring a child in the United Way Dolly Parton Imagination Library. We hope you can join us for appetizers, beer tasting and a silent auction to celebrate this important (and fun) event!
The last two years, United Way's Women United has raised almost $98,000 through the LIttle Black Dress Campaign. Funds support United Way's Education Initiative helping women and children to overcome the barriers of poverty so they are successful in school and in life. The participants have also donated over 250 business outfits to the Abused Adult Resource Center's Career Closet.
- Allows struggling readers in Kindergarten through Third Grade to get intensive, research-based tutoring.
- Ensures children get a designated mentor that meets with them for an hour each week.
- Provides a case manager to work with hundreds of children to de-escalate conflict and develop the personal skills necessary to reduce inter-personal conflict in the future.
- Helps caring case workers spend thousands of hours addressing the barriers to a good education and a stable family caused by poverty, mental illness, unemployment, homelessness, and more.
- One in five people living in Bismarck-Mandan do not have enough money to meet their basic needs. That means they're <200% of the poverty level.
- Every student who does not complete high school costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity.
- Only 29 percent of youth in Bismarck-Mandan feel they have a positive adult role model (2011 Childhood Needs Assessment of Bismarck and Mandan). Positive role models steer youth away from harmful behaviors and encourage success.