The National Association of University Women’s PROUD Committee presented backpacks and schools supplies to the Jefferson County Department of Human Service’ Division of Children and Family Services.

Committee Chairwoman Sharon Nicholson and committee member Felecia Fisher of the Pine Bluff branch made the presentation while continuing the branch’s community service efforts. On hand for the presentation was Dionne Walton, DCFS supervisor of Jefferson County.

The PROUD Project is an on-going effort that was initiated in 2011 and assists the local DHS/DCFS agency with basic school supply needs for children involved in their care.

Branch members support this project by being responsible for one filled backpack per school semester.

“Implementation of this program further encompasses the ongoing national programs of the organization in the area of education and community outreach,” according to a news release.

In 2016, the PROUD committee received its’first grant from the NAUW South Central Section that further supplemented the branch’s efforts.

“The Pine Bluff branch takes pride in the insight of Mrs. Nicholson and this committee as the grant was renewed for the 2017-2018 school year and look forward to this continued collaboration with our community partner-DHS/DCFS,” according to the release.

Organized in 1910 in Washington, D.C., NAUW a non-profit organization, also provides scholarships at the branch level for high school students, at the sectional level for graduate study and at the national level for doctoral study, a fellowship is awarded.

The Pine Bluff Branch was organized in 1945 by Katie Jackson Pierre. Evelyn Wright serves as the national president and Mary Brentley is president of the Pine Bluff Branch.