Advocates are defined as those whose voices are for those who listen. Since 1986 the Bergen/Passaic Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., has been a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community advocacy organization whose purpose is to be the trusted, reliable and reasonable voice for the members of our communities.
Over the years, NCBW-Bergen/Passaic has been recognized for implementing numerous signature programs including 1) addressing the disparities about the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart disease in African American women, 2) focusing on college preparation, personal development and community leadership for our young girls, 3) honoring dynamic community trailblazers, and 4) hosting forums empowering women by developing economic, investment, home ownership and entrepreneurial skills.
I look forward to 2014 as a year that the NCBW-Bergen/Passaic Chapter will:
- Develop relationships and become a greater presence within Passaic county by executing programs to address the needs of the community in the areas of educational upliftment, economic development, health, and youth mentoring,
- Serve as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of African American women at all levels of local, state and federal government,
- Provide opportunities where people of color can gather and learn about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and enroll in a health insurance plan thus allowing them to live longer healthier lives without the fear of experiencing serious issues of medical bills and medical debt, and
- Increase chapter membership by adding a network of women whose collective efforts and energies will focus on enhancing our advocacy initiatives.
In closing, with the commitment and dedication of the chapter membership combined with the support of family, friends and community partners, NCBW Bergen/Passaic’s organizational energies will continue to raise awareness in the areas of education, health and economic development. By doing so, we will make the towns in which we live stronger by addressing issues in these areas. We will continue to be women making a difference in Bergen and Passaic counties by being respected and reasonable voices advocating for and bringing about positive change.
Yvonne L. Witter, PHR