The NCBW RMAC propose to be a driving force in the fight against poverty in the Afro American community. The RMAC specifically target women of color in poverty and the children within the household.

A study conducted by the Commonwealth Institute September, 2012 reported the number of people living in poverty in the state of Virginia increased dramatically from 2010 to 2011. The report indicated that Individuals living in deep poverty incomes are less than $9,265. A family of three rose 10% from 2010 to 2011 to 417,000. Although the poverty level for Virginia was below the national poverty rate and the 8th lowest in the country from 2007 to 2011, the United States Census Bureau reported that the poverty level in the state of Virginia and Richmond was 10.3% and 26.3%.

Statistics concerning child poverty in the Commonwealth suggest that the state does not have much of an issue. In fact, Virginia’s child poverty rate of 15.6% was below the national average of 22.5% in 2012. “January 2013 Child Well-Being in Virginia Status”

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” - Frederick Douglass -