Arts Community Service Program
Opening Minds Through Art (OMA)
GFWC Southwest Ohio Valley Women’s Club and GFWC Great Friends Working Cooperatively (OH) partnered and trained with the Loveland Health Care Center to facilitate an intergenerational art program for people living with neurocognitive disorders, including memory loss. Members met with residents for 20 weeks in one-hour sessions to create art projects. Two twenty-week sessions were organized in 2018.
Paint for Patriots: Art Classes For Veterans
The Woman’s Club of Saraland (AL) provided painting classes for veterans at two VA Centers. At one center, year-round sessions for small groups served 72 veterans, with two art teachers from the club providing the art materials. At the other center, month-long sessions of weekly classes were held in February and October. The club was asked to increase the number of classes to accommodate more students. Each class served 12-15 veterans.
Shoe Tie Block and Clock Making
GFWC Sebastian Woman’s Club (FL) discovered that most kids in the local kindergarten couldn’t tie shoes or tell “circle” time. Members assisted by cutting wooden blocks into shoes and clocks. The shoes were mounted on a block and grommets were drilled into them. After painting, shoestrings were attached. Clock hands were attached with screws and a sleeve to allow the hands to move. Eight sets of shoes and ten clocks were made and delivered to the school.
Downtown Halloween Window Painting Contest
The Woman’s Club of Madisonville (KY) continues to improve this four-year old project. In 2018, members contracted businesses to acquire their windows, picked up supplies, numbered the windows, and created paint kits. Members helped judge the completed windows and donated cash prizes. There were 164 painters in K to 8th grades and 13 high school participants. A total of 113 windows were painted. The Downtown Turnaround Partnership treated all windows to a washing.
Door Wreaths for Mother’s Day
Members of the Wednesday Review Club of Killeen (TX) made Mother’s Day door wreaths for assisted-living residents. Each wreath was personalized based on the resident’s favorite activities, hobbies, pets, and colors. Members donated all the craft items and worked together to create and deliver the wreaths.
Alzheimer’s Sensory Blankets
Members of the Wake Forest Woman’s Club (NC) created sensory therapy blankets by cutting and sewing backings for 32 lap-sized blankets and adding sensory items such as beads, cording, buttons, and small stuffed animals. The purpose of the sensory therapy blankets, which were donated to assisted-living residences and a dementia support group, is to help reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and provide comfort.
Crafting and Creating Together
The Woman’s Club of Springfield, Inc. (VA) utilized members’ talents to hold a new crafting class each month. Members taught watercolor painting, chalk drawing, crocheting, sewing, and other crafts. As a result, 15 baby blankets and 24 chemo caps were donated to the hospital. Members also sewed, stuffed, and donated 92 cough pillows for heart patients. Other craft items, such as stuffed pumpkins and seasonal fascinators, were used for fundraisers or event decorations.
Partnering with the Art’s Council
GFWC Tuscola Woman’s Club (IL) became the official sponsor of the local Art’s Council with nine members serving as Board Members. For their spring beautification project, the club obtained vintage bikes, painted them in bright colors, and then added handlebar baskets filled with flowers and placed them in the city’s concrete planters in the business district. Similar beautification projects were also completed in fall and winter.
So This Is Paris
GFWC Pea Ridge Woman’s Club (WV) joined forces with the local High School Show Choir. Club members helped organize the premier of the school’s competition show by transforming the cafeteria into Paris. The evening’s program, plus twelve Paris-themed pictures, a backdrop for photographs, floral arrangements, and hallways adorned with various decorations were all designed and created by members. Gift baskets and the framed pictures donated by club members were raffled off after the performance.
Assisted Living Art Classes
GFWC Old Campbell County Woman’s Club (GA) conducted nine monthly craft classes for assisted-living residents. Craft materials with a holiday or seasonal theme were assembled into kits. Twenty residents, assisted by club members or staff aides, enjoyed the two-hour sessions. The classes are both an artistic experience and a means for residents and members to interact. Crafts included cotton-ball snowmen, Valentines, shamrock wall hangings, straw-hat bunny faces, pinecone turkeys, and foam Christmas trees.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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 Towanda Nokomis
With eight members, the GFWC Towanda Nokomis is proving that a small group of committed citizens can, in fact, change the world.