Volunteers in Action: GFWC Dunwoody Woman’s Club (Georgia), GFWC Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin), and GFWC Woman’s Club of Little Silver (New Jersey)
July 28, 2020
GFWC Dunwoody Woman’s Club (Georgia) has not let COVID-19 stop it from completing charitable projects in its community. In addition to taking donations to local food pantries, JoAnn Kostkan, Arts and Culture Chairman, worked with the Foundation for Hospital Art and organized a club art project while members were sheltering in place. Members and their grandchildren painted six panels that will form a beautiful dragonfly mural to be donated to a local hospital in Georgia. Members also painted a picnic table that is now located at a local coffee shop – Crema Espresso Gourmet.
The City of Dunwoody Economic Development Department partnered with local restaurants to add or expand outdoor dining with the Painted Picnic Table Project to meet social distancing requirements. Dunwoody non-profit organizations volunteered to help assemble and paint the tables; businesses donated picnic tables and painting supplies.
Dunwoody Club President Susan Crawford coordinated a team of members to sew fabric face masks for the staff of the local police department. The masks can be washed and reused and will help extend the life of the N95 masks. The Dunwoody Woman’s Club has been an active part of the community since 1971 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
After a long stretch of hot humid weather, the GFWC Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin) decided to “cool” off. The club collected more than $500 and purchased 30 box fans at a discounted price with free delivery from Ace Hardware for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. The club also collected two used fans and one new fan. A big thank you to Elliott’s Ace Hardware for being a wonderful partner to “cool” the veterans and their families.
GFWC Woman’s Club of West Allis Fan Project Coordinators Sharon Plucinski (left) and Linda Taylor (right) with Ace Hardware Staff (center)
The five members of GFWC Woman’s Club of Little Silver (New Jersey) made and donated 250 masks to Monmouth Medical Center during the early stages of COVID-19. Club President Kathy Doty also made the Tree of Hope out of felt.
Winifred Steele-Burnett, LSWC Recording Secretary and Club President Kathy Doty
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Success For Survivors Scholarship
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GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club
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