The Greater Bridgeport Section of the National Council of Negro Women was founded in 1947. In March 18,1959, at the Council's first membership tea in the Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Council was given its charter. A group of key women of the local churches concerned about their community and the diversity of family outreach needs met and the following persons were elected as officers: Mrs. Elizabeth Cuffee, President; Mrs. Cornelia Parks, Vice President; Mrs. Marie Morgan, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. T.W. Coy, Treasurer; Mrs. John Tenn, Financial Secretary; and Mrs. Alexander Gorham, Recording Secretary.
In recent years, in support of National's goals and objectives the Greater Bridgeport Section has fostered and implemented programs geared toward these needs by volunteering our time and expertise to address various issues such as community outreach, providing opportunities for advancement, educational literacy, and health issues impacting our communities. Our community service and educational outreach activities have greatly expanded. Over the past two years the Council has made great strides in enriching the lives of our youth and community members at large. Our sponsorship of the Debutante Cotillion for 30 years has allowed us to provide educational assistance to young women and to encourage them and their escorts to explore, develop, and excel in higher academic achievement. We adopted a child affected by HIV/AIDS as a "Birthday Buddy," collected food for local food banks and clothing for a local shelter that serviced women and children. In addition, for the past two years we nurtured and supported our women in the community by co-sponsoring a Mammography screening van with the Ralphola Taylor Community Center and the Witness Project, a culturally competent community-based breast and cervical cancer education program for African-American women.
The Greater Bridgeport Section annually honors African American women of distinction for their outstanding dedication and achievements in the areas of health, the arts, education, religion, and community service at our Fall Recognition Luncheon. At a National level, the Greater Bridgeport Section supports NCNW by attending conventions, serving on advisory committees and pledging monies for the upkeep of the historic National Headquarters.