Here at the National Women’s Law Center, we’re deeply honored that the Coalition on Human Needs has named the Center its 12th Annual Human Needs Hero.

Since 1981, when the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) was formed to fight efforts by the Reagan Administration to slash and dismantle core safety net programs (sound familiar?), the Center has worked in partnership with CHN to protect and strengthen programs serving low-income and vulnerable people. Center staff have served on the CHN board for more than two decades, led its working groups, and briefed CHN members on issues critical to women and their families, expanding the Center’s reach to CHN’s broad network of advocates and service providers. The award celebrates the work the Center does in all of its program areas to reduce poverty and expand opportunity.

We’re proud to join the company of the distinguished and dedicated individuals and organizations who have been named Human Needs Heroes, including Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center (2014); United We Dream and NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (2013); Alan Houseman, former Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (2012); American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (2011); Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project (2010); Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs (2009); MaryLee Allen, Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health, Children’s Defense Fund (2008); Robert Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (2007); Sharon Daly, former Vice President, Catholic Charities USA (2006); Kay Bengston, former Director for Domestic Policy, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (2005); and the Human Needs Community Washington – DC Interns (2004).

We hope that you will be able to join us when the award is presented—and support the great work of the Coalition on Human Needs. You can get more details about how to become a sponsor the event or purchase individual tickets on the event webpage, or by contacting Joseph Battistelli at

 When:  Thursday, July 30th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bread for the World, 425 3rd St. SW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC

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