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ABOUT
AWS NCNW

MISSION & HISTORY.

NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.

In 2004, Athens Westmont Section (AWS) was chartered at Park Windsor Baptist Church in Los Angeles County by our late founder Hazel Ruth Isaiah-Ransom.

 

In 2005, AWS moved into the Council House during that time Hazel Ransom was awarded a grant for 700K to refurbish the Council house led by Ray Wilcox, and approximately 100 high students that donating their time and efforts to have the project completed by April 15, 2005. The grant covered the wages and other benefits for the student workers.

 

Over the last 10 years, AWS been at the forefront of women’s rights.  Through successful programs and initiatives – focused on issues such as youth development, employment, housing, estate planning, and health.

AWS has been thriving over the years with increasing membership, new signature programs, and fundraisers. The many accomplishments that resonated with AWS are Spring Fling Luncheon/Fashion Show, Zumba Classes, Financial seminars, Trust seminars, Bethune Recognition Luncheon, Gems Project, Affordable Care seminar, Voter registration, Fish Fry’s, and fundraisers.  Some of our community projects are backpack giveaways; coat drives, collected monies to provide thanksgiving dinners with all the trimming, and an amazing Black History program. AWS signature programs are Caring is Sharing, Dress for Success, and Operation Shoebox. We are proud of these programs they set us apart from the rest.  

 

AWS has successfully brought awareness to issues that have impacted black women and launched programs and initiatives that have made a difference.

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Hazel Ruth Isaiah-Ransom

Founder of Athens Westmont Section

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It is said that more can be done together than any one person can do alone.  Collaboration and cooperation are still the vital ingredients to harnessing the collective power of black women in the United States and across the world.  NCNW is a living testament to this idea.


NCNW has made many significant strides since its inception, just as African Americans have made substantial advancements in the areas of civil and social rights.  But there is much work left to do.

Uniting black women, in purpose and action, is potent and has the ability to create a force for serious strides across economic, political and social lines.  NCNW will continue its journey to lead, develop, and advocate for African American women.  Through continued research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs, NCNW will translate its philosophy of service through activities designed to promote the widest and most influential impacts.

 
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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, INC.

The National Council of Negro Women is an “organization of organizations” (comprised of 300 campus and community-based sections and 32 national women’s organizations) that enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men.  Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator, and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW. Johnnetta Betsch Cole was elected Chair of NCNW in 2018, ushering in a new era of social activism and continued progress and growth for the organization. Today, NCNW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Future”. NCNW promotes education with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV/AIDS; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice.

National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Headquarters

633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004


web www.ncnw.org

email info@ncnw.org

phone 202-737-0120

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MESSAGE FROM THE

PRESIDENT.

Sandi Mitchell

President

Hello AWS Members, NCNW sisters, and Friends, I am in my second year as President of the Athens Westmont Section (AWS).  I am so proud to be a member of the NCNW and all that it stands for.  During these trying times, we have all been thrown into a reality that no one was prepared for, but I have learned that as Black women, we are resilient, forward-thinking and powerful.  AWS has been engaged in programs and events that depict the image and mission of NCNW.  We continue in the tradition of the African American woman to take care of family, neighborhood, and community.  The pandemic has caused us to change the way we operate in the short-term, but we will not stop serving those who are disenfranchised and marginalized.  Our signature programs include but are not limited to the renowned annual Black History Celebration, Operation Shoebox, Dress for Success and Caring is Sharing.  In the year ahead, we will continue our signature programs as well as develop new initiatives to serve the community. I am extremely proud of our success last year in donating needed diapers, baby food and clothing to young mothers on Skid Row.  In addition, in the last Christmas season, two families were the beneficiaries of our generosity and kindness by receiving gift cards that they can use to feed their families and purchase gifts for the little ones.

I want to thank the members of AWS for their continued support and commitment as we move into 2021 with all of the determination of our ancestors. Ladies, you Rock!

Best,

Sandi 

AWS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE.

 
Sandi Mitchell

Sandi Mitchell

President

Brittney Hinton

Brittney Hinton

3rd Vice President

Toi Quick

Toi Quick

Financial Secretary

Brenda Booth West

Brenda Booth West

Hospitality

Juanita Wright

Juanita Wright

1st Vice President

Vacant

Vacant

Recording Secretary

Yolanda Lathern

Yolanda Lathern

Corresponding Secretary

Dr. Lovene Knight

Dr. Lovene Knight

Parliamentarian

Tracey Walker

Tracey Walker

2nd Vice President

Sagirah Layne

Sagirah Layne

Treasurer

Emma Lathern

Emma Lathern

Chaplain