GFWC Woman’s Club of Farmingdale
Founded in 1913, the GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale, New York has a long history of helping others through volunteer service.
The club’s founder, Abigail E. Leonard, is still remembered by community members for her many contributions. Among Abigail’s accomplishments is being the first woman to serve on the Farmingdale Board of Education, helping to form the local PTA, and being a co-founder of the current Farmingdale Public Library.
“To me, GFWC is a helping hand that stretches world-wide,” said Club Publicity Chair Maria Ortolani.
Every year since 1922, the club awards several scholarships to local high school students, including one scholarship in honor of Miss Leonard. In the Village of Farmingdale, the club has donated a gazebo, park benches, and a village fountain, sponsored a community Art in the Park event, held fundraiser bake sales, and marched in various parades including Memorial Day. Members support the local Outreach Program, homeless shelter, beautification committee, adult day care centers, and nursing homes.
“To me, GFWC is a helping hand that stretches world-wide.”
“Leaders are vital to any club, but it’s the members that make a club shine!” said Club Co-Presidents Rosemary Emigholz and Anna Ievolo.
Hope Royer joined GFWC looking for an avenue to conduct community service. In her 40+ years with the Federation, she has found that, and then some.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Town and Country Women’s Club
The GFWC Town and Country Women’s Club of Santa Barbara, California has been giving back to the community since 1959. The club is known in the Santa Barbara community for helping veterans and supporting Domestic Violence Solutions, an organization that works to end domestic violence.