Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
Fill the Trolley
GFWC Lawrenceville Woman’s Club (GA) challenged their community to “Fill the Trolley for Domestic Violence,” after April 28 was declared the Georgia Day of Service. Partnering with a local shelter, the club secured a list of needed items and spread the news with posters, fliers, signs, email blasts, social media posts, and a media blitz. Members then coordinated collection drives in their various neighborhoods, ensuring that the trolley was filled with items ready for delivery.
Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence
GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club (IL) implemented its 7th annual “Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence” benefit day. Proceeds went to A New Direction, a local agency that assists victims. The club advertised with posters, flyers, and social media. Event activities were held at various partner locations, including fitness businesses, schools, and churches. A school club supported the project, while family-based activities were coordinated at churches. Participants and donors received “No Excuses for Abuse” purple awareness bracelets.
Girls on the Run Chapter
GFWC Sorosis Club of Waurika (OK) learned about Girls on the Run (GOTR) when investigating community services that assist those who might become victims of Domestic Violence. Targeted for students in grades 3-8, Girls on the Run teaches critical skills and strategies to apply in all aspects of life by combining an international curriculum with physical activity. The club applied to create a GOTR chapter and provided the necessary funds.
Shelter Safe Room Refurbishment
GFWC Outer Banks Woman’s Club (NC) refurbished a safe room at a local shelter that was initially sponsored by the club in 1995. The shelter’s director presented a program on Human Trafficking and requested help. To create a fully functional, protective cocoon, members repaired damage and repainted the ceiling and walls, replaced baseboards, flooring, and lights, and hung curtains and blinds. Beds, bedding, shelves, and a rocking chair were purchased. Members also learned how to recognize victims of human trafficking at a seminar.
Hope Bags for Human Trafficking Victims
GFWC Women’s Civic League of Cheyenne (WY) partnered with a local Juniorette club and the Optimist Club to make “Hope Bag” backpacks for those rescued by the Cheyenne Police Department’s Human Trafficking Division. Clubs solicited clothing and snacks, plus hygiene and personal care items. Members constructed and filled the backpacks, including several that contained items for young men. This was a very meaningful project for the club, as most of the rescued victims were from the Cheyenne area.
Walk/Run for Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy
GFWC Oregon City Women’s Club (OR) held a successful Walk/Run to benefit and increase community awareness of Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy with two other local organizations. Members served on the planning committee, arranged for donations, promoted the event, helped with set-up, registered walkers, distributed shirts, and walked with the “sea of purple.” Participation was great with 278 people attending.
Crisis Intervention Center
GFWC Fowler Progress Club (CO) supported their local resource center, a crisis intervention agency. The agency offers shelter, counseling, and support for domestic and violent crime victims in three counties. The agency initiated a Capital Campaign to remodel an existing garage and to build an addition for the creation of a shelter. The club increased awareness of agency services and raised funds for the Capital Campaign. Members also hosted a program, presented by the center’s director, and provided ongoing support.
GFWC Library Club (MN) held their Hug Project by providing local shelters with clear plastic bags filled with items needed in emergency situations. The bags contained a washcloth, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, comb, brush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razor, and feminine products, and were labeled “Courtesy of the GFWC Library Club, Mahnomen, MN.” Members also donated two big boxes of items such as blankets, large-size shampoos, and soaps.
GFWC Brookings Club (SD) created a club calendar to highlight the needs of a local shelter, with members signing for the monthly project at each meeting. During the year, the members donated baby food, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, deodorant, light bulbs, batteries, beanie babies, sheets, towels, cell phones, etc. With the help of this calendar, the shelter knew the club was on tap to help each month.
Support the Girls
GFWC Batesville Junior Woman’s League (MS) held a new project, “I Support the Girls,” after learning about GFWC Mississippi’s new partnership with Support the Girls, an organization that provides bras, underwear, pads, and tampons to women and girls in need. The club collected, washed, sorted, packed, and delivered products throughout the state. Drives were held on Facebook and college campuses, and at club meetings and community festivals. Members collected bras from stores, friends, family, community members, and their State President at their Summer Institute.
Preshus Howard is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a clubwoman, and her time with GFWC has been a journey of discovering her own strengths and how she can use them to help others. As GFWC Kentucky’s Director of Junior Clubs for the 2016-2018 Administration, Preshus has been proud to use her position to rally clubwomen around causes that matter to her.
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 High Springs New Century Woman's Club
Members from the GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club of District 5 in Florida visited Partnership for Strong Families to present them with 24 “Birthday Bags.”