GFWC Clubs Making a Difference
October 20, 2017
Make A Difference Day is an annual event where volunteers nationwide come together to do community service. While GFWC clubs volunteer all year round, the day is a celebration of how much better the world could be if more people followed that example and made time to improve the lives of others. This year’s event is on October 28th, and unsurprisingly, many GFWC clubs are taking up the challenge to unite with volunteers across the country to make their communities better places to live in.
The Seaward Woman’s Club (New Hampshire) will collect canned goods and other food at their local grocery stores, and will donate it to the five pantries in their area. They will also be collecting food, clothing, and other personal supplies for the local City Mission. The club has been doing this project for Make A Difference Day annually, and are looking forward to another successful year. Similarly, the Antioch Junior Woman’s Club (Illinois) will stand out front of their local grocery store to collect non-perishable foods and money which will be given directly to Open Arms Mission to help stock their food pantry.
The Centennial Woman’s Club of Tullahoma (Tennessee) is running for a cause this Make A Difference Day by participating in the first annual Spooktacular 5K and Monster Mile Fun Run and encouraging others to join. The proceeds of the event will go towards local charities, including the South Jackson Civic Center— Light Up South Jackson, which is a community improvement project the club spearheaded in 2014. Since then they have already raised $86,000, and are trying to reach their goal of $100,000 by the end of the year, with Tullahoma city officials agreeing to match that amount.
The Woman’s Club of Denville/Rockaway (New Jersey) is using the day to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will be hosting a Kickboxing Fundraiser at the local health club, with funds going directly to the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program, which matches trained volunteer breast cancer survivors with people living with breast cancer to provide them with hope and support.
As these diverse club projects prove, there is room to help everywhere. This year, encourage your friends and family to join in on Make A Difference Day so they can see how a few extra hands and open hearts can make a world of difference to the people who need it.
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MaryAnn shares her passion for volunteerism with young people through her work with the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation.
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