International Outreach Community Service Program
Sewing Kits for Haiti
During a mission trip, a GFWC Altamaha Woman’s Club (GA) member noticed a Haitian woman pulling thread out of her dress to mend a pair of pants. She recognized the need for a sewing kit. Her club adopted the idea. They created sewing kits by filling Parmesan cheese containers with pins, spools of thread, needles, scissors, buttons, a tape measure, a seam ripper, a thimble, and a pincushion. A total of 75 kits were made and donated.
Human Trafficking Awareness and Fundraiser
The GFWC Northboro Junior Woman’s Club (MA) partnered with their Rotary Club to educate the community about human trafficking. Using the UNICEF USA toolkit, they planned a Fair Trade luncheon and showed the film, Not My Life. Donations for UNICEF USA were accepted and $533 was raised. Another organization, Her Future Coalition, provided jewelry made by survivors to sell at the event and proceeds were sent to the organization.
Members of the GFWC Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (DE) collected 2,629 shoes for WaterStep, which saves lives with safe water. A local thrift store provided shoes once a week. Members sorted, bagged, and delivered the shoes to a collections site. The shoes were sold to an exporter and the funds were used to help provide safe drinking water to those in need. An added benefit was shoes were kept out of our landfills.
Girls Fly – STEM Program for Africa
Members from GFWC Woman’s Civic League Cheyenne (WY) purchased UNICEF greeting cards to sell and raise funds for the Girls Fly Program in Africa, which provides information and skills development in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education program for school and post-school students with an interest in aviation and the aerospace industry. A donation was made.
Heifer International Milk for School Children
To spark community awareness of the nutritional needs of children in developing countries, the GFWC Bruce Fine Arts Juniorettes (MS) decided to promote Heifer International’s Tanzania School Milk Project. They asked a local company to donate milk, contacted a local grocer for permission to set up a booth outside, advertised, and made cookies. Handouts about Heifer were given to customers who made a donation for cookies and milk.
Operation Smile Vendor Splendor
GFWC Lake Placid Junior Woman’s Club (FL) held Vendor Splendor to raise funds for Operation Smile. They had 24 vendors that each donated a raffle basket and three food trucks that donated 20% of their sales. To attract customers and create a festive atmosphere, clowns from a local clown school painted faces and made animal balloons. Books were given away to children. The Juniorettes sold homemade cookies to add to the proceeds.
International Potluck Luncheon
Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Cypress (CA) held an international potluck luncheon. Members prepared food from their birth country. Using two world maps on the wall, red pins showed fourteen places of birth. Blue pins were used to show countries members had visited. A geography and travel-trivia contest was played during dessert. Together members learned more about each other and the world.
Give a Shot – Get a Shot
The GFWC Morgan County Woman’s Club (KY), led by their two Shot@Life Champions, hosted a fundraiser at the GFWC Southeastern Region Convention. They provided a wide variety of green candy, as bright green is the identifying color for Shot@Life. Attendees could “give a shot” by donating for global vaccines to “get a shot” (a scoop) of delicious green candy.
Free the Girls – A Business Model
The GFWC Franklin Woman’s Club (NJ) had a program on Free the Girls, a non-profit that helps human trafficking survivors in other countries start a business selling bras, a highly sought item, in local markets. They held a drive for new and gently used bras and partnered with two local lingerie shops that donated bras. A total of 732 bras were collected for an in-kind value of over $8,000.
Members of the GFWC Hudson Community Club (NH) provided assistance to UN refugee families. They donated items for two new babies, plus toys and numerous household items. Members also provided transportation to doctor appointments and helped with employment and housing applications. The club worked with the Alvirne High School Model UN to hold a food drive for eighteen families newly arrived from Africa.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.