The mission of the Urban League is to enable African-Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other underserved individuals to enter the economic and social mainstream. The Urban League movement was founded in 1910, and the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads our nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based initiatives. The heart of the Urban League movement is the professionally staffed Urban League affiliates in over 100 cities in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is part of a $200 million national organization that serves over two million people annually. With a 100-year history of providing services, Urban Leagues have a $10 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
Realizing that the disparities between African-Americans and other ethnicities in Chattanooga continue to grow apart—especially on the forefronts of education, employment, and health—the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga felt it was necessary to begin structuring its objectives to focus and embrace the family as a unit—thereby developing the Family Economic Empowerment Initiative. The Family Economic Empowerment Initiative provides services to the entire family. Whether the ULGC is serving students through our after-school program; a family through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or our FIT for Life program, the organization gathers the necessary information from clients to serve the entire family. The ULGC helps families set personal goals and equips them with the resources not only to accomplish their goals, but also to empower them to thrive.