Welcome to our Greater Atlanta National Council of Negro Women Inc. Section.With enormous pride, I am elated to be the founding president of the NCNW Greater Atlanta Section. With four other organizing/founding members of Averri Liggins, Economy Jackson, Cathy Moody and Derinda Thurmon, we began this journey in March of 2015.
We are excited as we continue in our third year as a Section! On March 20, 2016, at Ben Hill United Methodist Church with 210 members, we became the largest Section in the 80-year history of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. to be chartered! We were pleased to have our National President Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Executive Director Janice Mathis, National Membership Director David Glenn and National Board Member and Membership Chair Lois Keith with us. Our member Rev. Bernice A. King brought greetings and our affiliate organization member Patricia Russell McCloud gave us our charge. Section Presidents from Rockdale-Newton, Dekalb and Valdosta Sections joined us for the celebration.
We know we have a lot of work ahead of us and we are ready to meet the challenge!
The NCNW Greater Atlanta Section has chosen Sex Trafficking and Foster Care as our two issues of focus again this year. We work with Carrie Steele Pitts Home year-round holding trunk parties and sending care packages to students who are going off to college. Some of the students have shared with us that they have never had a trunk and especially a trunk full of all of the items they will need for the school year. We also sponsor birthday celebrations with State Representative Erica Thomas at the Covenant House, a home for homeless youth. Representative Thomas says that without the party we give for 50 youth and young adults, they would not have a celebration for their birthdays.
We worked with syndicated radio show Cafe Mocha as their nonprofit partner to honor outstanding women in Atlanta at a Salute Her Luncheon in July of 2015 and 2016 at the Commerce Club. Chico's one of the sponsors of the luncheon dressed the women from the Atlanta Children's Shelter and our members mentored them. The mothers who take their children to the shelter daily while they search for work received makeovers and tips on employment and education.
We are in the midst of planning our major fundraisers for the year. Our second annual Triple Derby Affair will be held at the Georgian Terrace Hotel on June 9, 2018. Partial proceeds will fund our Foster Care Initiative events. In December we will hold our Holiday Gala.
We welcome all of our 37 affiliate organizations and anyone who would like to join in and be a part of our major efforts in serving the citizens of metro Atlanta. We represent Cobb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.
Again welcome to our webpage and we hope you'll join us in our journey!
Diane Powell - Larche'
NCNW Greater Atlanta