Women in NAACP (WIN) is an official committee of the NAACP established to enhance the leadership role of women in the association, to serve as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children, to advocate for the positive development of children, and to support the ongoing work of the NAACP and its units, especially civil and cultural activities to enhance membership.

Past IndyWIN Events

The NAACP Branch #3053's IndyWIN Committee has initiated several 
community projects during the past several years:


1. A collection drive of new items which culminates with Christmas gifts for the residents in Coburn Place Safe Haven for Women and Chrildren

2. Our Indiana Women's Prison Outreach  - sewing items, material, toiletries, and items for children and babies are provided.

3. The Julian Center Food Drive. 

4. The Julian Center Collection Drive for all types of needed items.

5. Dress for Success shoe and clothing donations.


Special Community Evernts:

Child Abuse Prevention Forum

Domestic Violence Forum

Visits to the American Village Retirement and Assisted Living Community

The Sickle Cell 5k Walk/Run at Riverside Park

Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop

See some information about our events below:

Some of Our Past Projects

IndyWIN Events 2015 - 2017:
We were involved in many events.
We visited the American Village Retirement Community
We presented a Child Abuse Prevention Forum

A couple of important IndyWIN Commitee's events from 2014:

Domestic Violence Forum

Presented by

IndyWIN Committee

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy

Principal - Mr. Stanley Law

Speakers on the topic of Domestic Violence Awareness were:

Retired Detective Marta E. Bell – an author and a 29 year veteran with IMPD, and

Lisa Browne – with the Indianapolis Metro Police Victim Assistance Unit.  Performances were given by Mariah Ivy (recited a self composed poem), Tracey Nelson (recited a poem by Vernon Williams), and The Temple of the Light Dancers from LWCC led by Brandy Smith.  

The purpose of the forum was to clarify, enlighten, point out the warning signs, and provide members of the community with the information needed to effectively deal with and work towards decreasing domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Forum was sanctioned by The Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch #3053 President Chrystal Ratcliffe, and implemented by IndyWIN Chair Ellynn Osborne, and IndyWIN Co-Chair and the Domestic Violence Forum Committee Chair Ira Mai Steele and the IndyWIN members.

“Bring Our Daughters Back” & Save Our GIRLS Initiative

     This  hour of prayer was sponsored by the Indiana Women of the NAACP in support  of rescuing the Nigerian School Girls and the girls here in the United States that are being kidnapped, abused, and sold into prostitution.  One cannot imagine what these girls are enduring, but we all know that prayer changes things.

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Indiana WIN NAACP held an Hour of Praye at New Life Worship Center, 3025 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN.

Led by, Barbara Holder, Indiana Women in the NAACP CHAIR

See photos for this and other events here: https://indywin.webnode.com/photos/

    Annual Projects:

Each year in December, some of our committee members participated in the culmination of IndyWIN's year long Collection Drive. In the photos below are several of our IndyWIN members who donated clothing, handbags, and other items to the first of our Collection Drive recipients, Dress for Success. 

    Pictured in the first photo are Rosie Horton, Harriett Browne, Bea Thomas, Ellynn Osborne, and Myrtis Ross. The second photo shows Harriett Brown with the items she donated, and the third shows Ira Mai Steele with Jonell Frankowski, Administrator with Dress for Success. Sandra Parker was unable to attend, but sent her donation with one of our members. A special thank you to all of you who made donations to this organization!

Our collection drives continue. 
Please help us by contributing the following items.

Coburn Place Safe Haven Holiday Wish List


Tidy House (cleaning products/supplies; brooms; mops; vacuums; trash bags)

Snuggle Inn (new bedding sets; new pillows; new mattress pads)

Let Them Eat Dinner (items to create an entire meal for a family; grocery cards; restaurant cards)

Bringing Up Baby (baby food; wipes; diaper rash cream; diapers; new car and booster seats; toys)

Bathroom Break (toiletry items; shower curtain liners; bathmats and towel sets)

Medicinal Purpose (pharmacy gift cards ; Tylenol; Advil; cold medicine; antacids; cough drops; antibiotic ointment; band-aids; alcohol wipes; gloves)

Transportation (fuel gift cards; oil change, car repair, new tire gift certificates; IndyGo bus passes)

Family Fun (tickets to the Zoo, Children’s Museum, movies or events)

Paper Products (paper towels; toilet paper; feminine hygiene products; tissues)

Kids Rock (child friendly snacks and drinks; arts and craft supplies)

Laundry Load (detergent, fabric softener; rolls of quarters; laundry baskets)

Kitchen (new coffee makers; toasters; cutting boards; irons; silverware; microwaves

* Instead of a basket please place your items in a box, wrap them with Christmas gift wrap paper, and indicate with a label outside the box what type of items are inside.  Please bring wrapped box to December 9th committee meeting.  ( We can have family and friends contribute items to our box. There may be enough items in the donation basket in the office to make a couple of family gift baskets.)

 Items for Women’s Prison

Donation Items for Women’s Prison:  

  1. Sewing items: yarn, thread, needles, cotton batting for quilts, material, etc.
  2. Spiritual and/or encouraging reading material for the women
  3. Activity books and storybooks for children
  4. Baby items

Dress for Success Indianapolis

820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN  46204

The Need
     Dress for Success Indianapolis depends 100% on the generosity of the community in order to provide transformative experiences to women who are working hard to change their lives.  
When you contribute to Dress for Success Indianapolis, you make an investment, not only in the lives of the women we serve, but in the lives of their families and our community as well. You, too, will be part of the hope, encouragement and transformation our women experience on their journeys to self-sufficiency.

What we accept
     We welcome donations of new and gently used items to help us suit our clients! Donations should be professional, conservative and fall into the following categories:
Pant suits, skirt suits, dress slacks, skirts and blazers
Long and short sleeved blouses
Shoes in excellent condition that are flat or have low heels, purses and briefcases, portfolio, or padfolios
New hosiery, new cosmetics, conservative jewelry

A great need at the moment is handbags/purses.
  * Due to the needs of our clients and our space limitations we are unable to accept casual clothing, dressy clothes, evening wear, undergarments, open-toed shoes, bright colors, casual shoes or sandals. Please be sure all clothes brought to the boutique are clean, on hangers and ready to wear (no missing buttons or torn hems/seams).

The Suits for Success Program provides each client with a complete interview ensemble, including a suit, blouse, hosiery, shoes, purse, jewelry and padfolio, for her interview and workforce apparel when she finds a position. All women who participate in the Suits for Success program are referred to Dress for Success Indianapolis through our partner referral agencies. Over 10,000 women have been served since 2000, and the Dress for Success Indianapolis’s goal is to suit 1,379 women.

The following demographics represent Suits for Success clients:

  • 84% have a high school education or better
  • 52% are African-American, 38% are Caucasian
  • 55% are between 20 and 40-years-old
  • 84% are not married
  • 59% receive some form of public assistance
  • 56% support dependents

Frances Louise Dancy Hooks Helped in the Formation of the Women in NAACP

Frances Hooks Biography 


Educator, consultant, Frances Louise Dancy Hooks was born February 23, 1927 in Memphis Tennessee. Her parents, Georgia Harriet Graves Dancy and Andrew Jackson Dancy raised her on Edith Street in Memphis. Hooks attended St. Anthony La Rose Elementary School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where Hooks was sophomore class president in 1944. She attended Howard, Fisk and Wilberforce Universities graduating in 1949.

Hooks taught second grade in a Shelby County, Tennessee Rosenwald School. She met Benjamin Hooks at the Tri-State Fair, and they were married in 1951. In 1956, the Hooks desegregated the all white Parkway East community. Hooks put her career as a teacher and guidance counselor on hold in the late 1960s to support the activities her husband, Benjamin Hooks who by then was a businessman, lawyer, judge and minister. Hooks became his assistant, secretary advisor and traveling companion. Moving to Washington, D.C. in 1972, Hooks helped her husband become the first black appointee to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In 1977, when her husband became executive director of the NAACP, Frances Hooks organized the NAACP women by creating Women in the NAACP (WIN), which she formed in 1980 with Earleen Bolden. WIN raised money for emergency relief by putting on fashion shows and social events. She also co-founded The People Power Project, which promotes black and white dialog and the Memphis Volunteer Placement Program, which is now run by the Rotary Club.

One of the NAACP Founders was Mary Church Terrell


In 1909, Mary Church Terrell was one of two women of color (the other was Ida B. Wells-Barnett) to attend the first organizational meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  She established an NAACP branch in Washington, DC and served as the branch’s Vice President. 

The daughter of former slaves and an educator, Mary Church Terrell was the first African-American woman elected to the DC Board of Education in 1895. She was active member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and she advocated for the voting rights of African-American women.  In 1896, Mary Church Terrell became the president of the newly formed National Association of Colored Women (NACW). Under her leadership, the NACW established nurseries and kindergartens and helped orphans. 

Mary Church Terrell was born the same year the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, and she died two months after the Supreme Court decision for Brown v. Board of Education. During her lifetime, she was an advocate for racial and gender equality.

We salute the work of Mary Church Terrell and the work of all the women in the NAACP.

Our IndyWIN Woman of Distinction is 

Lula Nichols.

Mrs. Nichols has served her community for decades.

The awards honor those who volunteer their time to strengthen Indianapolis communities through various contributions and service projects.
The 21st annual awards ceremony recognized residents from all areas of Indianapolis and Marion County. Following tradition, a brick will be engraved with each recipient’s name and placed at the Mayor’s Volunteer Plaza at the 11th Street Canal basin.

One of the 2013 Mayor's Community Service Award Recipients

  is Lula Nichols:

Lula Nichols is a past President of the National Council of Negro Women of Indianapolis.

"Lula now serves as the president of the Missionary Society at her church. She is also the president of the Fall Creek Village II Neighborhood Associations and volunteers for the Women’s Prison, MLK Center’s AfterSchool and Teen Programs, and much more. Lula has spent her life serving others and is a strong example of a community servant. Those around her say “She has become a mother more than a volunteer to so many.”And with how much she drives others to the doctor’s office and delivers food to the sick, we can see why."

We salute Lula Nichols for service and desire to spend her life helping people. She volunteers regularly at the Martin Luther King Community Center and the Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch #3053. She has been a long time and faithful member of our IndyWIN Committee, always helping in any way she can.