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Focus on Helping Hands in the Community

Camp Hope: A New Program For Easter Seals and GFWC

Shirley Holly, GFWC Helping Hands in the Community Chairman

Did you know?— Easter Seals is the largest provider of disability related services to individuals with disabilities and their families?

Easter Seals and GFWC are making a difference in the lives of military families by offering a new fundraiser to provide camping opportunities for military families. Approximately 1.6 million military service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last five years. Thousands of injured military service members are returning home with hopes of transitioning back to civilian life. Many communities across the country are not equipped to respond appropriately to their unique needs.

Camp Hope was design to offer military veterans a system of care with options to support their reintegration efforts; support to their families who are managing intense emotional and psychological burdens; a nurturing environment to learn coping skills; and a safe place for military children to have fun and share their experiences and fears with other kids.

How Can You Help?—There are two ways:

  • Your club can commit to sponsoring one camper for a week at a cost of $600.
  • You, as a GFWC member, can sponsor a camper by contributing toward a camper.

Individuals that contribute $50 or more will receive an Easter Seals Camp Hope flag pin. Gifts of $100 or more will be recognized at the 2010 Annual GFWC International Convention.

For a Camp Hope Support Form, please contact this Chairman at ShirleyHolly@EarthLink.net.

Hunger in America

  • Did you know that one in every eight households in the United States experience hunger on a daily basis?
  • Did you know that many frequently skip meals or eat too little and sometimes go without food for an ENTIRE day?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 33 million people (including 13 million children) have substandard diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot afford the food they need. The demand for hunger assistance has increased by 70% over the last few years and has risen with the recession.

Can you imagine going to a food pantry or soup kitchen and being turned away? The number one reason for turning people away at a food pantry or soup kitchen is there is simply no food available.

What can we do as GFWC Clubwomen?

Follow the lead of First Lady, Michelle Obama, who planted the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. Plant a garden in your own yard, at a local school, or even in pots located on the roof tops of buildings.

Enlist the help of community volunteers or students at the local school to cultivate the ground, plant the seeds, water, weed, and maintain the gardens. When vegetables are fully grown, pick and donate the harvest to local food pantries and soup kitchens. If every gardener planted one extra row of vegetables and donated them, a significant impact would be made on reducing hunger.

Gardens offer beautiful settings, and give young people a deeper understanding of natural systems; thereby, becoming better stewards of our earth and instilling pride in the work that is done with their own hands.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" Lao Tzu

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