Advocating For a Better Future

The Charmettes, Incorporated believes the end of Cancer begins with Research and Education and that engaging your
young women with a passion for politics and and public life, will support the emergence of a new generation of leaders
in a variety of fields and engage young women in developing skills and strategies to foster their leadership potential.

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In 1981, The Charmettes, Incorporated adopted a national thrust to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. In addition to our cancer awareness and education programs, we have contributed more than $600,000 to the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., to support cancer research and services. In 2006, the chemotherapy infusion center was named, "The Charmettes, Inc. Gwendolyn B. Rodgers Chemotherapy Infusion Suite", in honor of the Charmettes long term generous support.

Today, The Charmettes, Incorporated is a nationally recognized women’s community service organization known for blazing trails and making a difference in the lives of families in our communities. With 20 chapters active throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., we are poised for even greater accomplishments in the future.

National Project:
The Cancer Initiative

The Charmettes, Incorporated seeks to provide services and supports to women to increase their participation in community development efforts and activities. The Women’s Empowerment Institute, seeks to increase the skills, confidence and knowledge base required to take on leadership roles to lead, inspire and participate in community institutions at all levels.

The program is designed to expand the intergenerational and collaborative approach by including individuals from other not-for-profits and who work together through the participatory curriculum.

The Women’s Empowerment Institute is a living memorial to the visionary leadership, commitment to the development of young people, concern for civic engagement and the overall contributions of Co-Founder Frankie Drayton Thomas to our organization and our

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Leadership Institute