NAPW Hudson County Local Chapter Gives Back to the Community through its First Back-to-School Drive and its Involvement with the City of Hoboken’s Annual National Night Out

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National Association of Professional Women Hudson County Local Chapter gives back to the Hudson County community through its involvement in a number of community projects. The Chapter held its first Back-to-School Drive and had a presence at the City of Hoboken’s Annual National Night Out.

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From our first Women’s Empowerment Brunch to our first Back-to-School drive, we are on a road to success in supporting our Hudson County Community and this is just the beginning.

Members and guests of the NAPW Hudson County gathered on August 24th for a professional networking meeting and to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need in the community. Earlier in the month, the Chapter had a presence at the City of Hoboken’s Annual National Night Out, an evening that raised awareness about valuable police programs in the community.

The NAPW Hudson County Local Chapter is now 38 members strong and is clearly following through on its commitment to give back to the community.

“From our first Women’s Empowerment Brunch to our first Back-to-School drive, we are on a road to success in supporting our Hudson County Community and this is just the beginning!” Chapter President La-Trenda Ross said.

La-Trenda proudly manned a table at the City of Hoboken’s National Night Out that was held August 7th to introduce the Hudson County Local Chapter to the community. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada and it was created to increase community members’ awareness of such important police programs as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts. Since 1984, similar events have been held all around the country on the first Tuesday in August.

“The evening was fun-filled and enjoyable. I loved it, especially seeing the kids having a great and enjoyable time, they are truly precious,” said La-Trenda. “I loved seeing the neighbors, friends, and family coming out and talking with the police officers, mingling with political officials, eating, and sitting around.”

The Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Housing Authority, City of Hoboken, and various participants all did a wonderful job communicating with community members. During the evening, the National Association of Professional Women Hudson County Chapter raffled off a $25 Visa Gift Card and Miss Pamela Gilyard was the lucky winner.

Members and guests got right to work at the August 24th networking meeting, filling 20 backpacks with school supplies purchased by members. Member Chiffon Abbney and her co-workers at Prime America! generously donated ten backpacks. The donated items will be given to two organizations that help women and children in need in the area: the Women Rising Project Home and Hope House in Jersey City. All of the members worked tirelessly that evening to make sure the backpacks were packed and ready to go so that the children had everything they needed in time for their first day of school.

“Since last month’s meeting, our NAPW members have showcased their dedication to the mission of our Chapter to help women and children by coming together to kick off our first Back-to-School Drive!” said La-Trenda. “All of the members who have attended this month’s meeting have gone above and beyond to make the first NAPW Hudson County Chapter Back-to-School Drive a success and it is truly appreciated.”

Members and guests at the meeting included Betty Rentas, Denise Penn, Gervasia Archer, Dolores Daniels, La-Trenda Ross, Glenda M. Salley, Chiffon Abney, Eboney Rouse, Pastor Pamela Felts, Jeannie Adarraja, and Angela McKnight.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Hudson County Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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