NAPW Raleigh- Durham, NC Chapter Held Clothing Drive for Local Dress for Success at May Networking Event

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National Association of Professional Women Raleigh-Durham, NC Chapter showed its support for local Dress for Success by pledging to collect clothing, shoes and more at its monthly networking meeting.

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It’s wonderful that we meet face to face and put our minds together to better help one another, professionally, socially, morally, individually and as a group, while extending needed support and welfare to our community in general,

Members and guests of the NAPW Raleigh-Durham, NC Local Chapter gathered on May 29th for a professional networking meeting at Simply Crepes in Lafayette Village.

The group of professional women held a clothing and shoe drive at the meeting in support of the local Dress for Success.

The Chapter pledged to continue to collect items for the nonprofit at all networking meetings and help local domestic violence victims, as well.

NAPW Raleigh-Durham Chapter President Louisa Ukochovwera opened the meeting by welcoming all in attendance.

She thanked the women for taking the time out from their busy midweek schedule to attend. She spoke about how important it is for members and guests to get together each month.

“It’s wonderful that we meet face to face and put our minds together to better help one another, professionally, socially, morally, individually and as a group, while extending needed support and welfare to our community in general,” said President Ukochovwera.

The main focus of the May networking meeting was supporting the Raleigh-Durham Chapter in its effort to support Dress for Success and domestic violence victims.

The Chapter President stated that the Chapter has decided to collect items to support the less privileged who are struggling to get back to work and life. The President went on to highlight the importance of helping out those in need and made it known that donations toward this cause would be ongoing.

“Items will be collected during each Chapter meeting, hence, members are urged to try to please support this cause by digging into their closets for items not needed or wanted anymore,” said Raleigh-Durham Chapter President Louisa Ukochovwera.

A number of attendees brought donations for the nonprofit to the meeting and Ms. Ukochovwera thanked them for their show of love and support when it came to helping those in need.

The Chapter President told the group of professional women that she is always available to meet and pick up donated items as they become available, not just during meetings. She called on all members to reach out to her whenever they need her and she will be happy to pick up items.

President Ukochovwera stated that as soon as the group has collected a reasonable amount of items, they will be shared and distributed by Raleigh-Durham Chapter representatives.

Ms. Ukochovwera told members and guests that Chapter member Nellie Scott is vested in the Dress for Success organization and what it stands for. She has helped design and has delivered training modules for the participants on topics such as Interviewing skills, salary negotiations and how to market their skills.

“When we help ONE woman, we help a family,” said Raleigh-Durham Chapter President Louisa Ukochovwera.

Chapter member Donise Benton, who is spearheading the charity support committee assisted by the Chapter President, reiterated the need for charity support. She explained the purpose, mission and vision of Victory Beyond Odds, a nonprofit radio talk show she founded to help “women and men throughout the state to obtain the help that is needed to live in safe, wholesome and productive communities.”

The Raleigh-Durham Chapter President then went round the room helping out members with locating information on the Chapter Page and how to access, add and create posts on the Community Wall. She reminded members and guests that one can only create a post after joining a Local Chapter. Michelle Rogers added that it’s important to educate each other on the effective use of the Local Chapter Page, especially the use of social media.

The President also reiterated the need to ensure members have access to the Chapter Page and know how to navigate through it while utilizing the useful tools provided by NAPW to all professional like-minded women for professional and personal growth.

At the conclusion of the networking meeting, the Chapter President thanked members and guests for attending and making the meeting a success.

“The meeting provided an opportunity to network, and this was precisely the focus of all our Chapter meetings,” said President Ukochovwera. “Members and guests enjoyed one-on-one, interactive social networking and generously supported the Chapter’s charitable projects.”

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.

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