Home Life Community Service Program
Farm to Table
The GFWC Cartersville Woman’s Club (GA) planted and tended a community garden. Proceeds from the garden supported projects throughout the year. Members participated in the garden project by purchasing plants and tilling, watering, and weeding the garden. Produce was donated to the local food pantry and homeless shelter to promote healthy lifestyles. Cooking demonstrations showed how to appropriately prepare the large variety of foods grown.
Vial of Life
Vial of Life is a project designed to speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself. The Vial, a plastic baggie, contains important information that can assist emergency personnel in administering proper medical treatment. The GFWC Julian Women’s Club (CA) participated in the Vial of Life program and provided all members and guests with a form to complete, plus a baggie, two Vial of Life stickers, and a magnet.
GFWC Fort Benton Woman’s Club (MT) members provided assistance to school children and needy families in their county. Members purchased clothing items, collected and distributed Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets containing grocery certificates, assembled and placed Angel gift tags on Christmas trees at local businesses, and picked up and distributed the gifts with the Christmas baskets. They advertised in newspapers and on Facebook, and displayed posters throughout the county.
Kiss Cancer Goodbye
GFWC Cosmopolitan Club of Petal (MS) supported the American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life community team. “Kiss Cancer Goodbye Bunko” and “Cup Cake Challenge” events raised funds for the team. Members provided silent auction items and centerpieces, and prepared 200 units of Chicken-on-a-Stick that members raffled and sold while wearing Wonder Woman tee shirts. The club won second place for cancer facts displayed at the tent site.
One Plus One Plus One Equals Three
With fluctuating temperatures at the beginning of the school year, members of the GFWC DSFWC Village Improvement Association (DE), GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, and GFWC Women’s Club of Milton provided sweatshirts, hoodies, and tee shirts to displaced high school students. The VIA’s contribution was 458 clothing pieces out of 1000, along with a check from an anonymous donor for $5,000.
Rocks for Socks
GFWC Houma Junior Women’s Club (LA) members joined Estelle Elementary School to support the Estelle “Rocks for Socks Project,” a sock drive for the needy. Numerous pairs of socks collected by the children were given to local agencies including juvenile homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and women’s shelters. Second graders, assisting the club, won the school’s Sock Hop and posted thank you videos on Facebook Messenger. The spirit of volunteering was shared with students and families.
Best Foot Forward
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Madisonville (KY) joined community partners to develop an informational brochure illustrating three walking tours of the downtown area. They met regularly with healthcare, education, public library, and historical representatives during the development. After a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, brochures were placed in the surrounding businesses so visitors and the community could use them, thus helping to promote a healthy lifestyle.
GFWC Salem Woman’s Service Club (OR) purchased supplies and secured donations from the community to make small Comfort Pillows for cancer patients. Members meet four times during the year to sew 384 Comfort Pillows that were donated to the Salem Hospital. The pillows were distributed to patients undergoing surgeries usually related to breast cancer. A note of encouragement with the club’s contact information was included with each pillow.
GFWC Western Pocono Women’s Club (PA) started Project Smile to provide for the immediate needs of children in families suffering from financial distress. The project had four goals: supplying dress-code compliant school clothes, shoes, and supplies; providing school snacks throughout the year; making birthday bags to provide a school treat to students on their special day; and sponsoring a family in need at Christmas.
Valentine’s Day Dance for Handicapped Children
The GFWC Women’s Club of Safford (AZ) held a dance on Valentine’s Day for 120 physically and mentally handicapped children along with 33 chaperones. The goal was to enable the children to experience a school dance first-hand. Keepsake photos were taken for the children to remember the night, and they were also given a party favor of an emoji pillow or stuffed animal. The dance was a huge hit!
Heidi is both a shining example and inspired advocate of the belief in meaningful volunteering.
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 Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.