Public Issues Community Service Program
Hometown Heroes Banners
GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Woman’s Club (PA) honored local veterans and current servicemen and women by sponsoring 32 Hometown Heroes Banners. Clubwomen created each banner with a photo of the honoree, plus name, rank, military branch, club, and GFWC logo. The Patriotic Banners and new American flags were displayed on lampposts for festivities of Memorial Day through Veterans Day. After banners were taken down, they were presented to the veterans or family members.
National Night Out Against Crime
GFWC Munster Junior Woman’s Club (IN) assisted their police department with a National Night Out Against Crime. Members organized months in advance by soliciting sponsorships and distributing posters to businesses. Members arrived early to help with set-up. The event included children’s games, bounce houses, magic shows, K-9 demonstrations, a display of emergency vehicles, door prizes, and fireworks. Car seat checks, medication collection and disposal, and safety bingo for the seniors were also offered.
Serving Women in the Military
GFWC Bitterroot Woman’s Club (ID) learned that clothing and other items were needed at the only Idaho Veteran’s Hospital where women veterans are offered a treatment program for PTSD, substance abuse, and/or military sexual trauma, sometimes in the only clothes they own. Members collected clothes and personal items to help found the Women Veteran Clothes Closet. Learning that some of the women veterans were pregnant, 47 baby showers were held. Other communities in the state are now mirroring this program.
Year of Kindness for Homeless Veterans
GFWC Junior Cyberlinks Club (OH) focused on homeless veterans and adopted the Veterans Haven. Members pledged a year of kindness ensuring something special was done every month. In January, soup, snacks, and hygiene items were delivered; February, pasta dinners and valentine cards were supplied; March, pizza was enjoyed; and in April, Easter Blessing bags were donated. Members also provided Christmas stockings for the holidays. Members loved the opportunity to lift the spirits of these veterans in need.
Random Acts of Kindness
GFWC Murry Woman’s Club (KY) performed random acts of kindness for first responders. Lunch was provided for firefighters at two fire stations and for emergency medical technicians at the ambulance service. Gifts and snacks were given to law enforcement agencies and 66 free community Thanksgiving meals were delivered to the city’s fire stations.
Monthly Care Package for Soldier
GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (MA) supported one area soldier each year with a monthly package sent to the soldier. Members reached out to his family to learn about his interests. They included personal notes from members tucked between homemade cookies. In December, the soldier received two club packages–enough for him to share with members of his platoon. Being remembered with a package from home is so important for our servicemen and women.
Appreciation for Women in the Military
GFWC West Virginia Rupert Woman’s Club (WV), in response to the GFWC President’s Grand Initiative on Women in the Military, located local community women serving in the military. Winter throws were sent to each with a Christmas card that thanked them for their service, along with small puzzle books, devotional books, and other treats. For the servicewomen, the project was a welcome reminder that people back home care about them.
Hoods for Heroes
GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka (FL) learned a fireman’s cancer risk is one in three. They contacted Hoods for Heroes and learned better hoods were available for $125.00 each. Knowing that 26 hoods were needed, they got busy with fundraising. The club held several events, bagged groceries for tips, and wrote checks. Not only did they raise enough money to buy hoods for the Palatka firefighters, they also supplied them to the Interlachen Fire Station as well.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
GFWC Dublin/San Ramon Woman’s Club (CA) set up workstations on Martin Luther King Day to support the 7 Grand initiatives by: making 25 “Seatbelt Snuggles,” a pillow that cushions the pressure of a seatbelt over chemo ports; cutting blankets for Operation Smile and local shelters; writing letters to Blue Star Mothers; and sorting toiletries for shelters. Each member also signed a large banner which was displayed at City Hall for a week.
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)
Cherie Lee Williams
Cherie Lee Williams is a vibrant leader who has found GFWC to be a wonderful outlet for her love of community service and her can-do attitude. As both the President of the Mesquite Club (Nevada) for 2016-2017, as well as a 2016 LEADS candidate, she quickly learned the value of making connections in order to bring positive change to the world.
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 Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.