Founded by a woman who had lost both her husband and youngest child to AIDS, The Women's Collective is a peer-led, grassroots organization annually serving some 250 low-income women, girls, and their families who live with or are at risk for HIV/AIDS. Faced with poverty, homelessness, violence, and drug abuse, many do not even consider HIV the most pressing problem they face. And with limited incomes (often less than $10,000 a year) most lack access to quality healthcare. TWC dismantles the barriers, providing a continuum of care: HIV counseling and testing, peer-support, emergency assistance, and help navigating the complex healthcare system. Prevention efforts target at-risk youth while testing onsite, at partner agencies, and via a mobile unit, serves over 500 individuals each year and provides education and information to thousands more. TWC's advocacy allows women and girls throughout DC to reach policy makers on a broad array of issues at the intersection of HIV, poverty, homelessness, and health equity. Catalogue donors: dig deep to support this extraordinary organization.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: HIV/AIDs; Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: We work with several schools to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education and skills building groups such as Maya Angelou Charter School, Friendship Public Charter School. Paul Public Charter School, among others.

Awards & Recognition

2005 Gloria Award from the Ms Foundation for Women
2004 Hero in the Struggle from the Black AIDS Insititute
2003 Outstanding Leadership Award from the NAACP Youth Council on DC
Certificate of Recognition from the National Association of People AIDS (NAPWA)
Tribute to Working Women from WJLA Channel 7
Caribbean People's International Award
The Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area
The Courage Award from Whitman Walker Clinic


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Women's Collective is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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