Affiliate Organization Workshops
Using Your Voice to Make a Difference for Children Everywhere
Grand Ballroom C+D
Shot@Life aims to ensure that children around the world have access to lifesaving vaccines. Through public education, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising, we strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live. Even if you’ve never engaged in advocacy or fundraising, this interactive session will help you learn to use your voice for any cause you or your club care about.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
To Celebrate and Deepen the Engagement Between GFWC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Information will be shared on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ways to engage and support the mission of the Hospital.
Making an Impact in Your Local Community: Canine Companions and GFWC
Canine Companions is leading the service dog industry so our clients and their dogs can live with greater independence. Clients’ independence shouldn’t be limited to those who look or live a certain way. Disability reaches all races, classes and backgrounds, and Canine Companions will too. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of volunteers and donors around the country, Canine Companions has placed over 7,200 expertly-trained service dogs with children, adults, and veterans with disabilities free of charge since 1975. Come to this workshop to hear first-hand about Canine Companions service dogs, puppy raising, and how you can be a part of this very special and important mission through a variety of volunteer opportunities across the country.
Hope for Justice
Human Trafficking in the United States: The Truth and What You Can Do About It
St. Charles Ballroom
Human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. Victims are unable to leave their situation of exploitation and are controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion, and deception. It is happening all around us, with an estimated 24.9 million victims globally and 403,000 people affected right here in the U.S. Hope for Justice is an international non-profit working to bring an end to human trafficking; to prevent exploitation, rescue victims, and provide the best possible aftercare. You can be a part of ending human trafficking by learning how to spot the signs. Knowing what to look out for, and what to do if you suspect someone might be in danger could make a life-changing difference. We know because we have seen how reports from everyday people, turn into rescues. Join us at the Hope for Justice Affiliate workshop to learn more about human trafficking, how to spot the signs, and mobilize action in the fight for freedom.
Investing in Women Around The World
Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in the developing world. Yet, they receive only a fraction of the land, credit, and agricultural inputs and training compared to men. In this workshop, we will explore Heifer International’s Women’s Empowerment Strategy and the truly transformational impact this work has had on women around the world.
Our Vision for the Future
This workshop will give an organization overview of the vision of Operation Smile, our launch into the next decade, our work with women in medicine, and how GFWC members can get involved and partner with us for the future.
March of Dimes
Lead the Fight for the Health of All Moms and Babies
Come learn more about how your club can lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies by working with March of Dimes. During the workshop, you’ll hear more about the issue that families face in this country, the role March of Dimes plays in various aspects of the solution, and learn more about how your club can join the movement by building awareness, advocating for families, fundraising, and through volunteerism.
Accelerate to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals for Children with the Joint Investment Mechanism
The challenges facing children have never been more complex. Despite comprising one-third of the global population, children represent half of those struggling to survive on less than $1.90 a day. An estimated 365 million children live in extreme poverty. Given the multiple setbacks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the moment to make critical investments to overcome gaps and get the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) back on track. UNICEF, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established the Joint Investment Mechanism (JIM) to work hand in hand with governments to make significantly accelerated progress towards achieving the SDGs. Through GFWC’s new commitment to UNICEF USA through the JIM, members will be supporting UNICEF’s efforts to 1) end preventable maternal and child deaths, 2) accelerate gains of maternal and childhood nutrition, 3) increase cognitive development outcomes, and 4) improve adolescent health and well-being. In this workshop, GFWC members will learn more about the program and how they can raise awareness and crucial funds for children in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya through the JIM. We will also touch on the impact GFWC members have had on UNICEF’s ongoing work in Ukraine and surrounding countries to help children and families impacted by the current situation.