Conservation Community Service Program
GFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club (NE) co-hosted the Papillion Arbor Day Celebration with the Papillion Tree Board. A poster contest was held for fourth grade students at the Papillion Schools with the theme, “Tree-mendous,” to teach students the importance of trees. Over 100 posters were entered, and winners received prize money and took part in the Arbor Day celebration at the park. Gold shovels were used to help Tree Board Members plant the trees.
GFWC Tuesday Club of Columbia (MO) members met one or two times each month to create repurposed cards from discarded greeting cards, magazines, and calendars. The greeting cards were cut up and the magazines and calendars were used for punched out shapes (flowers, leaves, butterflies, snowflakes, etc.), which were glued onto card stock to create the cards. A total of 1,929 cards were made and given to six agencies to distribute.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Smithfield (VA) members took GFWC Conservation guidelines to heart and became the first civic club in their town to be recognized by the State of Virginia as a Virginia Green Partner in 2019. This was obtained when the club pledged to have “green” meetings, recycling, bringing their own cups to meetings instead of using plastic, and utilizing email rather than paper newsletters.
Earth Day Litter Pick Up and Beautification Day
GFWC Fuquay Varina Junior Woman’s Club (NC) celebrated Earth Day with an event titled, “Clean the Quay.” The event was publicized through their website, social media, and word of mouth. Club members and volunteers walked over two miles of road frontage to collect trash and recyclables. Over 12 trash bags were filled with litter from their watershed and creek system. Gloves, vests, and bright pink FVJWC shirts were worn for safety.
GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club (PA) volunteered for weekly maintenance tasks and with the annual plant sale at the Discovery Gardens, a non-profit, 14,000 square yard handicap-accessible community garden in Legion Memorial Park in Hollidaysburg, PA. In the spring, members conducted garden tours and planted annuals with elementary school students. The garden tour taught children about the fragile nature of ecosystems and instilled respect and appreciation for the garden.
Ribbon of Love Garden
GFWC Benton Woman’s Club (KY) members worked on planting a Ribbon of Love Garden in the Benton Plaza area to raise awareness about breast cancer and to honor survivors. All the flowers placed in the garden were in hues of pink and white. The club members spent many hours planting, watering, and maintaining flowers through the summer (May through September).
It’s Spring Story and Craft Hour
GFWC Les Dames de Gueydan (LA) co-sponsored an “It’s Spring” story and craft hour at the Gueydan Public Library. A spring story was read and then a creative spring craft was completed. The children were also given packets of Morning Glory seeds to plant at home as a gift from the club. A fitting Chinese proverb, “all the flowers of all tomorrows are the seeds of today,” complemented each packet of seeds.
Laundromat Library Program
GFWC Bristol County Women’s Club (RI) recycled and reused books for the Laundromat Library Program. Gently used books were recycled in eight laundromats in Bristol, East Providence, and Riverside, RI. The laundromats were given at least 12 books every month and readers could take books home or share them while using the laundromats. The program reduces the volume of books in landfills and recycles them to those who need and enjoy them.
Used Sneaker and Shoe Collection
GFWC Wilbraham Junior Women’s Club (MA) reached out to the community and high school Cross Country Track Team to collect used sneakers and shoes. The collection was advertised in the local paper and drop off bins were placed throughout town. Shoes that could be recycled were brought to Nike for their Reuse-A-Shoe Campaign while those that could be reused were given to the Soles4Souls Campaign. Over 300 pairs of shoes/sneakers were collected.
Recycle Crafts Night
GFWC Gulf Shores Woman’s Club (AL) held a Recycle Crafts Night to make fun Christmas decorations and ornaments using recycled items. Decorations and ornaments were made using paint, paper, wine corks, jars, styrofoam, glue guns, staple guns, and various other items. The event gave members an opportunity to be creative with items that might otherwise have been thrown away while having fun and being creative.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.