The Columbia Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) donated protective masks to the caregivers of two residential homes in Columbia, SC that housed African American residents. The Columbia Branch was established in 1935 to take on the mission and goals of the national body in Washington, DC. In fact, the National Association of University Women was established in 1910 in Washington, DC as a non-profit and public service organization. The organization was established to motivate young women to attain professional excellence, to exert influence in movements for the civic good of the community, and to promote a close personal and intellectual fellowship among professional women. NAUW’s theme is “A Legacy of Service and Commitment in Action” through a Five-Point Program. This program includes (1) educational development, (2) health awareness and involvement, (3) political involvement, (4) international awareness, and (5) Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCU) support.
Since 1910, there are numerous branches of NAUW across the United States and also a branch in Monrovia, Liberia. Each year, during the month of April, the National and International Committee members of NAUW focus on current issues and trends across the world. This year, the members decided to focus on one of its national goals of health awareness and involvement. Because COVID 19 was certainly an international issue, NAUW wanted to help to eliminate the spread of COVID 19 as much as possible. Donations to purchase the masks came from NAUW members, members of local sororities, members of G and H Educational Associates, Inc., and members of the National Council of Negro Women. The members, in conjunction with the Pastor of Jones Memorial AME Zion Church and G and H Educational Associates, Inc., presented several containers of masks to the Walter’s Residential Home and the Westside Residential Home, both of Columbia, South Carolina.
The President of the Columbia Section of NAUW, Ms. Lillie James, proudly commented, “Because NAUW is a non-profit and public service organization, it is our responsibility to be of service to the community”. Greatly enough, we were very pleased to present masks to the caregivers as one of our 2020 health awareness and involvement goals. The members in the picture are Mrs. Robin Bishop McRae, Co-Chair of the National and International Committee, Dr. Cathine G. Scott, Chair of the National and International Committee, Directors of the Walter’s Residential Home and the Westside Residential Home, and Mrs. Lillie James, President of the Columbia Branch of the National Association of University Women.
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