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The Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc. was organized in September of 1913 by Mrs. Bessie H. Payne  after meeting with Mrs. C. Lawton, the organizer of the Empire State Federation of Women's Club, Inc. The Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc. is also an affiliate of the Northeastern Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc. and the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc. The Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc. takes great pride in its affiliation with these two historic and groundbreaking institutions. The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc. is the oldest women of color organization in the country, founded in 1896. today the NACWC maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC, and covers five regions with 245 clubs throughout the United States.

The Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc hosts several signature events throughout the year such as the Lincoln-Douglas Luncheon, an annual Black History program in February, and a biennial cotillion fundraiser.  Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc. also consists of a youth component, the Crystallites, that serves to prepare young people for leadership roles and community service at the state, regional and national conventions.


As the Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club, Inc moves forward, it is doing so by cultivating new members, and engaging the community to ensure that the institution remains for future generations. 

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We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To elevate the and support families representing the underserved population of the Hudson Valley by providing timely education, resources and assistance

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Our Vision

The Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club Inc. envisions a community in which every person is fully embraced, and uplifted to achieve long term success.

We Need Your Support Today!

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