Home Life Community Service Program
We Fidget A Lot
GFWC Jubilee Woman’s Club (AL) designed and created throw-sized pillows adorned with different items such as ribbon, fleece, and buttons, plus sensory activities provided by pockets, zippers, and buckles. The pillows provide comfort to anyone who benefits from focused sensory tasks. Posting photos and directions on Facebook provided others with the information on how to make Fidget Pillows.
Operation Warm: Take One, Leave One
GFWC Mississippi Juniorette Diamonds (MS) noticed that there were students without coats. To fill the need, the Diamonds set up a coat rack across the street from the Junior High School. Advertising on social media opened the project to the public so that anyone in the community was welcome to participate. Members monitored the rack each day after school, to replenish with additional coats as needed.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
GFWC Lake City Women’s Club (MI) members learned that young children in their community did not have beds to sleep on, but instead slept on the floor or sofa. In one weekend, all 30 members worked with volunteers to build 10 beds in a local parking lot. Not only did this open the community’s eyes to the need, but many people also stopped to help put the beds together.
The Sandwich Brigade
GFWC Wampanoag Women’s Club (RI) coordinated with The Boys and Girls Club to help provide a safe place for teenagers to gather. The teens had designated time for homework, sports, games, dinner, and to have someone they can talk to who will listen. The members provided sandwiches, cookies, fruits, and drinks each month.
The Unicorn Fund
GFWC Ossoli Circle (TN) supported the Unicorn Fund, a charitable organization that helps underprivileged children in Tennessee and runs a secondhand store to provide much-needed resources. Members collected household items and clothing to donate to the Unicorn boutique throughout the year. Additionally, at Christmas, members donated 150 shoebox gifts and other toys that were distributed to children in need.
GFWC Century Club of Amsterdam (NY) paired with The New York Oncology-Hematology Center in Amsterdam to host 76 cancer survivors, their guests, nurses, and doctors to celebrate National Cancer Survivor Day with a Family Feud theme. After a nutritional lunch, guests formed “family” groups and played for prizes.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Rock Hill (SC) donated Comfort Backpacks to the Rock Hill Police Department Advocacy Program. The backpacks were distributed to children in need due to child endangerment conditions. The backpacks were filled with personal hygiene essentials for the children to carry with them as they moved to a new chapter in their lives.
Home Cooking for Health
GFWC Goochland Woman’s Club (VA) promoted healthy living and better nutrition with large, printed, eye-catching cards that included the signature line, “Courtesy of the GFWC Goochland Woman’s Club.” The cards offered simple and easy to prepare recipes with no more than 5 ingredients. The project was inspired by work in conjunction with the food pantry that promoted good nutrition through home-cooked meals.
Helene Foundation Beauty Boxes
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh (NC) gathered items such as cosmetics, jewelry, fuzzy socks, chocolates, personal notes of encouragement, and journal/pen sets to create Beauty Boxes that were given to clients at the Helene Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to mothers undergoing cancer treatments.
GFWC Lamoille Women’s Club (NV) members, after reading about Dignity Quilts, created quilts according to specifications and donated them to their local funeral home. These quilts are placed over a body when it is removed from a home, hospital, or nursing home.
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)
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!