Founded in 1951 by Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers and Frankie Drayton Thomas, The Charmettes, Inc. unites women in the name of community strength. We now have 18 chapters throughout the United States and the Bahamas.
The Charmettes is a sisterhood of dedicated women committed to improving the quality of life within the various communities served by chapters on a local and an international level. Our commitment to service is exemplified by providing educational opportunities for our youth and support for cancer education through programs aimed at increased awareness of the impact of cancer upon our communities. Our main thrust is the education and eradication of cancer in our lifetime.
In 1981, The Charmettes adopted as its national project, Cancer Research and Education. Toward this end, we adopted the Howard University Cancer Research Center in Washington, DC, which is the only stand-alone center of its kind located at a historically Black College or University. Since that time we have donated over $450,000 to the Center. As a result of this effort, in 2007, the Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers/The Charmettes, Inc. Infusion Suite was named in honor of our founder.