International Outreach Community Service Program
GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Matthews (KY) created their own Heifer International farm to address global hunger. At each monthly meeting, a lunch was served that featured an animal chosen for the farm (chicken salad, chocolate rabbits, etc.). Members made contributions for their meal based on what would have been spent in a restaurant. The resulting farm included chickens, ducks, geese, goats, alpacas, water buffalos, heifers, rabbits, pigs, goats, honeybees, and fish.
Bras for Bucks
GFWC Woman’s Club of Enfield (CT) supported Free the Girls, a non-profit helping sexual trafficking survivors in Africa and Central America establish their own micro-business selling bras. An invite for the event, held at a local winery, was extended to their community using their club’s website, Facebook page, newsletter, and the winery’s Facebook page. Attendees were asked to bring new/gently used bras. The fun event resulted in 182 bras and three new members!
The Belize Connection
GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club (FL), after learning about needs in Belize during a presentation from Pathlight, partnered with two other Florida clubs to assist two GFWC Belize clubs. Backpacks, sewing kits, and school supplies were donated, and books were collected for the Belize Juniorettes and students. Members of the clubs are planning a visit in 2020 to deliver these donations to schools.
Children’s Holiday Party
GFWC Ebell Club of Irvine (CA) provided a memorable Christmas for children at the St. Theresa’s Orphanage/School in Ensenada, Mexico. Members, friends, two schools, a dance group, the local parish, and community members contributed gifts, food, supplies to make angels, stockings, and hygiene products for the girls. Members drove to the orphanage for a party with games, Santa, and gifts. A monetary donation was also made.
Days for Girls International
GFWC Woman’s Club of Tidewater (VA) invited others to help them make Days for Girls kits. Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care in over 100 countries, where girls are not allowed to attend school during their menses due to lack of feminine hygiene. Two sewing guilds and Gamma Pi Society helped make kits that included a drawstring bag, eight liners, two waterproof shields, two pairs of underwear, washcloth/soap, Ziplock bags, and instructions. Over 100 kits were made.
The Global Village Project Tea
GFWC Atlanta Woman’s Club (GA) supports an intense tutorial program for girls ages 7-18 in the Atlanta refugee community so they can successfully integrate into local schools. Each quarter the club hosts a tea where the girls present a program to show their progress to their parents. Members provide decorations, tea, refreshments, and a gift bag for each girl.
High School UN Model
GFWC Hudson Woman’s Club (NH) assisted the Alvirne High School Model UN by organizing a food drive to collect basic staples for African refugees. Members added peanut butter and other items to complete 12 boxes for the families. One club member assisted students by providing transportation to the church where families picked up the boxes.
Human Trafficking Education
GFWC Woman’s Club of Elkins (WV) worked with UNICEF USA to educate their community on Human Trafficking. After consulting with Project Rescue for current information and learning about the issue, the chairman presented a workshop for her club. She also presented information on teen trafficking at West Virginia Girls State. Handouts, with information on how to recognize possible victims and unsafe situations were provided at the events and local schools.
School Safe Zones in Kenya
GFWC Wake Forest High School Juniorette Woman’s Club (NC) officers met with Church World Service representatives to learn about their mission to build new schools or upgrade existing ones, and they decided to engage their members in the effort. The club organized a Share Night at Culver’s, a local restaurant, to raise funds, with members serving food and providing tip jars for donations. The event was advertised at their high school and members proudly wore their Juniorette T-shirts at the fundraiser.
GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club (NJ) collected used sewing machines to donate to Sewing Peace using social media and word of mouth. Many donors expressed an emotional attachment to their machines or shared stories about them, but happily made the donation knowing the machines would change the lives of people in developing countries. In all, 56 machines were collected and donated.
Serving as MVR President has been a wonderful experience. I’ve been able to work with members from my own state of Missouri for my first Region Conference and from Iowa for my second Regional Conference. Having been able to get to know our International President, President-elect, and the Presidents from the other 7 Regions has been an enlightening and wonderful experience. I’ve learned so very much from each of them!
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.