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The Greater Hartford Section was organized in 1955 by a small group of women with a vision for the Hartford area, which was in need of support for social, economic, health and educational issues facing African American women, their children, their families and their communities.

Inspired by the work of other sections in neighboring cities and states, these women united together to build a strong and supportive chapter which came to be known as the Hartford Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). From its inception, the Hartford Section took on the challenges of advocacy and support for the basic human needs of black youth in the inner cities. The influence of NCNW can be seen as well as felt throughout the Greater Hartford communities in our work and programs to address educational aid, voter registration, breast cancer awareness, math and English tutoring and feeding adults and children in shelters.

The influence of the National Council of Negro Women can be observed and felt through the Greater Hartford Community. Significant programs include, Aid to education, assistance with adult and children shelters, voters registration, breast cancer awareness, and holiday donations for families in need. As a section, the needs of the elderly have not been forgotten. Members have volunteered their time to socially interact with residents in the Bloomfield Nursing Home by playing Bingo. Others have designed and sewn clothing for children in Africa.

Working with Shiloh Baptist Church in Hartford, NCNW has voluntarily participated in their Thanksgiving and Christmas feed the hungry and their homelessness events. Just this past year, the Hartford Section collected donations from members and prepared holiday food baskets for three local families.

In support of our National organizationís goals, the Hartford Section continues to be committed to health and wellness for women and children, HIV Aids education, entrepreneurship, and educational support.