Junior Special Program: Advocates for Children
Fun Socks Brighten the Feet and Days of Pediatric Cancer Patients
The North Arlington Woman’s Club (NJ) saw that the rooms at a local pediatric cancer center were monotone and dull and that the hospital’s slipper socks were not interesting to young patients. To lift spirits and keep feet cozy, the club collected and donated socks in crazy colors or with fun designs such as puppies, rainbows, and sports themes.
Mardi Gras for Autism
The Woman’s Club of Fullerton (CA) raised funds for special needs children with “Mardi Gras for Autism.” Members constructed a vendor area and created a Kid Car Wash with PVC pipe and material strips in various textures, such as fabric, ribbon, beads, and yarn. Children ran through the car wash, relieving stress through therapeutic sensory play. Bouncy houses, rock-climbing walls, beanbag tosses, and food trucks added to the event.
The Women’s Club of Mount Airy (NC) purchased and donated pressure-treated lumber to the woodworking class at their local high school. The class constructed seven “Buddy Benches” and delivered them to two elementary schools. Clubwomen and students painted the benches with weatherproof paint and then decorated them with handprints. Strategically placed on playgrounds, the benches help lonely students make new friends.
National Child Identification Program
The Woman’s Club of Cotulla (TX) partnered with State Troopers and the local Sherriff’s Department at two elementary schools to fingerprint kindergarten students as a part of the National Child Identification Program. A clear, inkless solution that leaves no mess on children or their clothes was utilized by club members to produce child identification cards for parents.
Support to Female Students
GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club (OR) discovered that many high school girls attend school without much-needed feminine hygiene supplies, since they are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Partnering with a charter high school, the club raised and donated funds to provide the hygiene products for local students.
Bullying Awareness Campaign
GFWC-MFWC Batesville Junior Woman’s League (MS) implemented a campaign to make students aware of the dangers of bullying. In conjunction with the GFWC Advocates for Children Week, members created and shared information through social media sites and Kahoot, a popular student quiz site, highlighting facts on bullying that were then shared by other organizations via the internet. The Kahoot quiz is now available to online users across the country.
Kindergarten First-Day Pet Project
The GFWC Vi-Sa-Wen Woman’s Club (AZ) supports two elementary schools on the first day of school. To ease the transition of kindergarteners from home to school, members collect and donate small (beanie-baby sized) stuffed animals. Students choose a pet to keep at school until the end of the year. The pets soothe students who feel sad or anxious during the day and help keep them focused on learning.
Ring the Bell for Holiday Hope
GFWC Millington Junior Women’s Club (MI) created donation buckets out of paint cans, paper, and laminated sheets decorated with the club’s name. Members then rang bells outside local shopping centers during November to collect funds for their holiday service projects, which included boxes of food and toys for families identified as food insecure, and warm winter clothing for children in foster care.
Gems for Mom
The GFWC Greeneville Woman’s Club (TN) collected and recycled slightly-used jewelry, packaging each piece for donation to local safe houses. The project, “Gems for Mom,” provides relocated children with the opportunity to give a gift to their mom on her birthday, at Christmas, or on other special occasion.
The Women’s Club of Madison (CT) maintains two mailboxes at local grocery stores to collect letters addressed to Santa Claus. Both mailboxes, which prominently display the club’s name, are available beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Members reward those who believe in the magic of Christmas with a personalized message and a North Pole stamp. Funds for the stationary, other supplies, and the stamp are provided by the club.
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!