Public Issues Community Service Program
Ladies Start Your Engines!
The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Barnesville (OH) sponsored an automotive repair class for members. The goal was to empower participants by giving them confidence to perform their own light car maintenance, plus the language needed to communicate and understand technical jargon. The workshop taught them how to check fluids, oil levels, change the time, and gain a basic understanding of how an engine works. Each participant received a certificate for completing the class.
Veteran’s Poppy Program
The GFWC Williamstown Woman’s Club (WV), working with the American Legion Auxiliary, chose to participate in the Veteran’s Poppy program by sponsoring a poster contest in the local elementary school. Fifty-eight students submitted artwork that included poppies on the poster. First, second, and third place winners were announced and invited to ride in the annual Memorial Day Parade displaying their winning posters.
Flags for Fort Smelling
In May, GFWC Bloomington Federated Woman’s Club (MN) members joined 5,000 volunteers at the Mall of America for “Flags for Fort Smelling.” Each member was given 25 flags and shown the correct way to place a flag. Shuttles then took volunteers to the cemetery. The club spent 48 hours on this project including placing flags at graves. For the first time in 35 years, all graves at Fort Smelling were marked with a flag.
Sound the Alarm to Save a Life
A representative of the American Red Cross spoke to the GFWC Greensboro Woman’s Club (NC) on educating the public about home fire safety. On Save a Life Day, club members went door-to-door in two at-risk neighborhoods with two fire fighters. The firemen installed free smoke alarms, checked existing alarms, and clubwomen educated the homeowners on general fire safety, including alarm battery replacement and creating a fire escape plan.
Missing Man Table
During November, the GFWC Village Improvement Association (DE) honored those who had served in the military. A “Missing Man Table” was displayed in the public library to honor missing veterans. The significance of the round table with a white tablecloth, a single rose, a yellow ribbon, slice of lemon, pinch of salt, lighted candle, inverted glass, Bible, and empty chair, prompted a moment of silence for those who stopped at the display.
Support to Deployed Troops
The Exeter Area GFWC Club (NH) knitted and donated 290 hats, 20 scarves, and 20 fleece scarves through the Pease Greeters, a program for volunteers who provide support to troops being deployed through the Pease International Trade Port in Portsmouth, NH. Members also gathered and decorated 90 Christmas stockings, filled them with personal care items and goodies, and handed them out to returning servicemen and women in November and December.
Makeup and Makeup Bags
GFWC Las Noches Woman’s Club (AZ) received donated makeup from St. Vincent DePaul for distribution as desired. The club contacted Arizona military bases and discovered the women did not have money for cosmetics. Members processed and donated over 9,000 items of make-up between the 5 bases and sewed makeup bags for 400 women. They also had enough to provide for the military servicemen’s spouses. The bases were especially appreciative of the items that were for women of color.
I Feel Like a Woman
The Tennessee Public Issues Chairman, being a veteran herself, wanted to create “I Feel Like a Woman” backpacks for female veterans. She had 100 black and hot pink drawstring backpacks. Clubwomen collected patterned female socks, perfumed-scented body wash, colorful shower sponges, chocolates, lip balm, and brushes. Bags were assembled at the Tennessee state fall conference and taken to the state VA Hospital for female veterans, and sent to female veterans’ clinics throughout the state.
Cinderella’s Closet is a store operated by the GFWC Warren Spouse’s Club (WY) on the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, in Cheyenne, WY. This boutique provides formal and semi-formal clothing and accessories, free of charge, to both male and female spouses of our active military personnel for formal dress occasions.
New Mother Program
GFWC Cape Henry Woman’s Club (VA) chose to support the New Mother Program of the Navy Marine Corps Society. This program teaches new moms-to-be about nutrition, budgeting, and childcare. At the end of the program, the club presents a gift basket of baby items to each participant. Baskets also include a handmade baby blanket made by one of the members.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club (Alabama), GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City (Florida), and GFWC Junior Women’s Club of Walpole (Massachusetts)
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.