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Advocating for the health, education, and economic empowerment of women


Greetings and Welcome!

Our Vison for this Section Year is: Empowering Our Communities with Acts of Kindness Through Education and Civic Engagement.

The Northern Virginia Section of the National Council of Negro Women is turning the page to a new biennium that is all about Our mission and Our passion to empower OUR communities. We empower them like our ancestors and leaders who broke leadership barriers. Spotlighting our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator, civil rights activist, founder of Bethune-Cookman University, who was Honored with a Statue in the U.S. Capitol and iconic past National presidents, Dr. Dorothy Height, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, and current  President, Dr. Thelma Daly. 

We support our national leaders through “acts of kindness”. By our total support of Good Health Women’s Immunization Networks (Good Health WINS), our National commitment to build an army of good health champions who understand the importance of immunizations across the lifespan. The goal is to increase vaccination rates by removing barriers to vaccine access, good health, life-learning, civil engagement and acts of love. 

We empower high school and college students by raising scholarship funds to attend college and educate parents about tutoring and mental health resources in the community to support academic achievement. We show acts of kindness to our service areas by giving our time, talent and donations to local shelters that provide a safe place for adults and families. We show acts of kindness through national global projects such as bringing awareness to HIV prevention on World AIDS Day, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) and the Arbor Day Foundation partnering to support tree planting projects in Haiti, Mali, and Senegal as part of the Council’s new Trees of Hope campaign. Through the projects supported by the campaign, local farmers and organizations in these countries will work to plant at least 100,000 trees. We show kindness by implementing the Section‘s initiative of Days for Girls to address obstacles impeding women’s and girls’ access to sustainable hygiene and health education by donating menstrual health products and educatinggirls and women on the importance of understanding the reproductive system. We show acts of kindness by supporting shelters for homeless families throughout service areas with education on affordable housing, domestic violence prevention and counseling, job preparation, understanding economic development and parenting education. Finally, we show kindness by producing a calendar promoting health resources in our community and abroad by distributing the calendar to local shelters and organizations that serve our community.  

Having served the Northern Virginia area for more than 40 years, the NoVA Section leads the way through volunteer efforts, to positively impact the lives of families in our communities. Through our monthly projects, we strive to fill the gap of those in need and promote education, health, economic empowerment and cultural initiatives. We invite you to join us by becoming a member so that you too can be a part of Nova Section of The National Council Of Negro Women, Inc. “Acts of Kindness’’ campaign.  We are looking forward to working with all community stakeholders.

Should you have any questions or require further information, we are available to respond, so feel free to contact us. We hope you enjoy your visit to our online home and come again!


Dr. Deborah Foreman-Speller, President, NOVA Section of NCNW


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