Congressman Crowley Visits with Children Participating in the National Council of Negro Women's Tutoring Program

April 10, 2010
Press Release

Co-op City, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) visited with children participating in the National Council of Negro Women’s (NCNW) weekend tutoring program. The Congressman saw firsthand how the $25,000 in federal funds he secured for the program is helping to educate Bronx students.

 “The $25,000 I secured for the NCNW is being put to great use – the education of our children,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley. “Today’s visit was so encouraging.  The Bronx is clearly home to some of the best and the brightest, and I will continue to support the work of the NCNW.  It is a vital resource in our community, and I applaud their efforts to keep our children safe, smart and engaged.”

The NCNW is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment.

Congressman Crowley secured the $25,000 for the NCNW through the federal appropriations process, including $15,000 in Fiscal Year 2008 and $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2009.  The NCNW has used the money to support its weekend tutoring program, which educates children between 2nd and 6th grades.  Currently, 20 kids are enrolled in the program. 

“The future of our country depends on the skills, knowledge and character that we develop in our children today.  Since 1971, NCNW in the Co-op City community has been supporting our children and their families.  Congressman Crowley has been a faithful ally in our efforts,” said Joyce Howard, former President of the NCNW.

Congressman Crowley is a 6-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives who sits on the exclusive Committee on Ways and Means.  The Congressman established the Crime Stoppers program in Fiscal Year 2002 to provide small grants to community groups and organizations that are working to reduce crime, make quality of life improvements, and strengthen families and communities across the Bronx and Queens.  Over the last seven years, he has secured more than $1.1 million for the Crime Stoppers initiative.