To continue the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune and that of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, five business women and one student founded the Prince George’s County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. in 1980 and was chartered on June 27,1981. Since then, the Section has grown to over one hundred women [and men] of different ages, economic and social backgrounds. A 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization, the Section provides education, legislative advocacy, charitable and supportive services to women, children and families residing in Prince George’s County.
The Section’s principles and purpose are to:
- Promote and support the National Headquarters’ programs of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc..
- Carry out the purposes of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., in relating to the needs of the community and the concerns and emphasis of the National Office.
- Promote unity of action among all women in matters of education, cultural, economic, social and civil life.
- Improve the quality of life for women and their families.
In addition to two major fundraisers [the Prayer Breakfast and Fashion Show] which are held annually, the Section is involved in numerous community-based projects and benevolent activities. The on-going projects include: the Sisters United Program (mentors young girls “little sisters”), Adopt-A-School Project, Nursing Home Projects, Salvation Army, Adopt a Family Project (helps needy families celebrate Christmas), Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, and Dress for Success Suit Drives for women leaving welfare to work. In addition, Section members participate in the local food pantry and in the “Christmas in April Program”, which provides needed paint, repairs, and yard work for the homes of families living in poverty. As part of the Section’s Literacy Program, the Section has participated in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Program at North Forestville Elementary School.
The Section also contributes to Shepherd’s Cove, Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support Center, the Family Crisis Center, and the Ronald McDonald House. Shepherd’s Cove provides a homeless shelter for women and children. Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support Center strengthens and supports young families with children. The Family Crisis Center provides domestic violence services to residents of the Prince George’s County and the Washington, DC/Metropolitan community. The Ronald McDonald House provides support services and resources to keep families together.
The Section leadership provides the guidance necessary to ensure that Section activities adhere to the principles and purpose set forth by the Section and the National Office. Section members work in committees which are largely responsible for the planning and execution of the programs, events, and projects.
What We Do
The section promotes the unity of action among women [and men] in matters concerning the educational, cultural, economic, and social and civic life of women and families by establishing and being involved in numerous community-based projects and activities.
Words of Wisdom
Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.
– Dr. Dorothy I. Height