Negro women were also in the volunteer work for war relief and other activities. Their spirit during the War is illustrated in what was said by the President of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, in a circular letter sent to all her co-workers: "It becomes our duty, first to renew the spirit of patriotism and loyalty in the hearts of our brave boys, who will, without doubt, be called to the front, and to comfort those whom they leave at home. ... I shall urge you to do your best in the matter of food conservation, realizing that a great bulk of conservation lies in the kitchens of our country, where a million of our women are being called to service. I shall urge you to buy as many Liberty Bonds as possible, even if you are cramped in doing so. I shall urge members of our fraternal organizations to lend the Government any money that may be lying dormant in their treasuries. I shall urge our women's organizations to watch over colored girls and women near camps, so that the social evil, so common in these camps, shall not be attributed to our women in any way".

Records of what the women did are very incomplete as many of their organizations were more intent upon doing the work than upon keeping statistics of it. The American Red Cross kept no separate records of Negro auxiliaries, of which there were many. The Negro women in their clubs, in the Red Cross, and Councils of Defense, with the white women in their organizations throughout the United States, carried through the registration for war work when a nation-wide enumeration was made at the call of the Council of National Defense, and shared in all the other remarkable work of women during the War period.

Perhaps no finer piece of work was done by Negro women during the war than that under the auspices of the Young Women's Christian Association. The War Work Council of the National Board of the Y.W.C.A. set aside $400,000 of its $5,000,000 fund for war work, for work among Negro women. Fifteen hostess houses managed by Negro women were erected at different camps where Negro soldiers were in training. They enabled the wives, mothers, daughters, and friends of Negro soldiers to visit them under wholesome conditions. The Y.W.C.A. also carried out provisions to protect women and girls in communities near the camps. They put on a National Industrial Secretary who developed clubs of working girls to deal with their problems as wage earners and as members of the home life of the community. The work of war nursing and war relief was a phase that appealed especially to Negro women.. They had one of their greatest trials to get the opportunity to serve as nurses. It is to be regretted that nursing divisions of the American Red Cross never saw fit to utilize the service of Negro women to serve overseas, where they might have rendered invaluable service among the thousands of sick and wounded Negro soldiers. In June, 1918, the Secretary of War did admit Negro nurses for service in the army camps at home. Many months before, the President of the National Association of Graduate Nurses had reported and offered to the Government the services of a thousand Negro women nurses.