Hello and Welcome

Carolyn Hewitt

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. is a voluntary non-profit membership organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. Ours is a long and proud h history.  NCNW was founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935, and has grown to include more than 200 community-based sections, and we have an outreach to more than 4 million women. As president of the East Oakland-Hayward Section, I am proud to invite you to consider joining us in serving our community.

For more than fifty years, the East Oakland-Hayward Section of NCNW has been providing programs and services to the community.  Our members believe that we are our “sister’s keeper,” and, so we are passionate advocates for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.   

Our Section continually works towards strengthening and improving the economic, educational, and social positions of African American women and their families, and speaking out to safeguard their rights to safe and affordable housing, adequate healthcare, and education. 

Our Section’s community service projects have included financial donations to the Alameda County Food Bank, providing hygiene supplies to homeless women, purchasing school supplies and hosting public forums on education.  We have purchased audio/visual equipment for senior residences; provided audio equipment to local elementary schools, donated food, clothing, and housing supplies for female veterans, provided training supplies to the local Boys& Girls Club, and purchased vitamins for HIV/AIDS patients in Zimbabwe. 

One of our more innovative programs is our Panty Pantry.  New panties are collected and donated to organizations that provide direct services to girls and women who are victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and sex trafficking. 

The members in our Section are as varied and diverse as the community we serve.  Some of our members are students, others are still working, and many have retired.  Our members are, or have been, educators, business owners, healthcare professionals, artists, civil servants, clergy, and entrepreneurs.  What we have in common is our care and our commitment to improve the safety, health and well-being of African American women and their families. In the face of assaults on the democratic rights, critical health disparities, and the personal safety of people of color, the need for the services and the voices of NCNW is greater than ever.

Please consider adding your voice to ours; our Section would welcome your membership.  Your talent, and ideas, expertise, creativity and experience will strengthen us.   I’d love to answer any questions or concerns you might have about NCNW or about the East Oakland-Hayward Section.  Please feel free to call me at (510)253-2033.

Our Section meets on the 1st Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Section meetings are held on Zoom. 

Peace & Blessings, Carolyn
Hewitt, President