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NCBW's commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.

Our Programs

Health - HIV/AIDS Awareness

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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Unlike some other viruses, the human body can't get rid of HIV completely. So once you have HIV, you have it for life. No effective cure for HIV currently exists, but with proper treatment and medical care, HIV can be controlled.

In 2014, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV. Since 2000, around 38.1 million people have become infected with HIV and 25.3 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.



picture In December, 2014, the Greater Knoxville Chapter partnered with the owners "Just for You" boutique for an evening of shopping to support HIV/AIDS awareness in Knoxville. Proceeds from this shopping event were donated to Positively Living who administers the Supportive Housing Program (SHP) providing housing and case management to men suffering from a combination of mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and other catastrophic illnesses. Men are eligible for the program if they have a documented history of co-occurring disorders including HIV/AIDS, mental illness and addiction; they have a history of chronic homelessness; and they are financially limited. By providing long-term, affordable housing combined with comprehensive therapeutic support, residents are afforded the opportunity to stay mentally and physically healthy. All proceeds from this event were donated to Positively Living.

Pictured: HIV/AIDS Awareness for Women with Positively Living, & Mayor Rogero


picture In June 2015, The Greater Knoxville Chapter partnered with Samaritan Ministries and Faith Coalition to sponsor "Lift Every Voice on Faith, Hope & Facing HIV/AIDS with special guest Marvelyn Brown, HIV/AIDS Activist and Author. The event included dance performances, refreshments, dialogue with Ms. Brown, HIV/AIDS testing, testing results and counseling.

Pictured: Lift Every Voice with Marvelyn Brown






Financial Literacy Program

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The Financial Literacy program targets women of color, age Eight to Eighty, who earn minimum wage. The event is a half day workshop with bankers and financial advisors to discuss the concept of committing to long term, consistent saving of at least $1.00 to $5.00 from each paycheck. Bankers are available on the same date to open savings accounts and the chapter provides each participant who agrees to start a savings account their first five dollar deposit. Those who participate are assigned a financial advisor to contact when their savings account balance equals or exceeds $50.00.

Pictured:   A Financial Literacy Workshop.





Public Policy

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The Greater Knoxville Chapter partnered with other chapters in Tennessee to sponsor NCBW Legislative Day on the Hill at the state capitol in Nashville. The day was successful due to the members meeting with legislators who sponsored legislation related to human trafficking, school vouchers, school reform, judicial reform, Community Reform SB132. The chapter provided a white paper to the governor supporting Tennessee Promise with a plan to implement activity across the state to serve as mentors for this program in 2016.

Partnered with City of Knoxville to celebrate several events commemorating the 50th year of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill.

Pictured: The Greater Knoxville attendees with TN Representative Joe Armstrong.