Juniors’ Special Program: Advocates for Children
World’s Largest Swim Lesson
GFWC Junior Federated Woman’s Club of Chester (VA) planned The World’s Largest Swim Lesson and partnered with American Family Fitness in Colonial Heights, Virginia, to offer free swim lessons and CPR training for the community. The event was inspired by the rescue of a member’s daughter from drowning in a neighborhood pool by another member. The club raised funds for additional free swim lesson packages through American Family Fitness that were raffled at the event.
GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club (MI) created a sensory hallway to welcome students to school and to help students with emotions, excess energy, and positive imagery. Members and teachers placed decals on the floor as an obstacle course, then brightened the white walls by creating a mural that complemented the nature theme on the decals. Finally, colorful hands were painted at different levels on the walls where students could work off excess energy by doing hand push-ups.
Peyton Heart Project-Suicide Awareness
GFWC Prairie State Woman’s Club (IL) members crocheted 3,000 hearts with quotes on each to support the Peyton Heart Project (PHP), an effort that aims to end bullying and the stigma surrounding mental health issues by giving out handmade hearts representing those lost to suicide. Peyton Hearts were given out at the GFWC Illinois Convention welcome table and distributed to teens and churches. The PHP requested more hearts to help meet the demand. Clubwomen sent 1,500 more and collected yarn for the project.
Happy House Black History Program
GFWC Newbern Woman’s Club (TN) organized the first annual Black History Program for the Happy House in Newbern, which (in 1940) was the first Black school to provide after-school programs for low-income children. The program celebrated local Black History leaders and taught children about African American history, the history of African dance, and African American artists such as famous singers and actors. Head wraps, sashes, decorations, and programs were given to guests.
Green Thumb Gardening Club
GFWC Woman’s Club of Vista (CA) provided nutrition education by participating with and supporting the efforts of a gardening club working with elementary school children. Meetings were held at a local elementary school multiple times a year. Students participated in hands-on activities focused on nutrition, gardening, composting, and food preparation. Students also created nutrition signs for the garden and served as tour guides, which provided opportunities to share their new knowledge with their classmates.
Christmas for Mom
GFWC Florentine Evening Club (MS) created an opportunity for children at the Center for Violence Protection to select a Christmas gift for their mother. The children were able to pick from a wide a variety of donated jewelry for the ideal gift.
St. Jude Dream Home
GFWC Bluegrass Junior Woman’s Club (KY) joined a local construction company that partnered with St. Jude to bring the St. Jude Dream Home Program to Lexington, Kentucky. Members sold raffle tickets at $100 each for an opportunity to win the St. Jude Dream Home. Clubwomen handled correspondence with their community and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital including ticket retrieval, ticket processing, volunteer recruitment, and hosting Open Houses for the Dream Home with public tours.
Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness
GFWC Mesquite Club of Las Vegas (NV) hosted their local Chief Deputy District Attorney from the Juvenile Division at their club meeting to present information about laws regarding the investigation of child abuse and neglect. Information was also shared highlighting remedies for child abuse and neglect such as parenting classes, anger management classes, and support from Child Protective Services. Members left the program aware that, when in doubt, always report.
Laundry Room Wash and Read—Promoting Literacy
GFWC Boise Columbian Club (ID) collected children’s books, labeled them with the name of the club, and then distributed them to low-income apartment complexes. The books were placed in the laundry rooms provided for residents. Children were encouraged to read while waiting for laundry or to borrow a book and return it.
Purses for Preemies—Prematurity Awareness
GFWC Charleston Junior Woman’s Club (SC) collected gently used and new purses, handbags, and totes for a fundraiser with March of Dimes and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Purses were donated from club and community members. They were sold at the November MUSC Holiday Market as part of National Prematurity Awareness Month. Proceeds were donated to March of Dimes and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina.
An eight-year Air Force veteran, Penny has been a GFWC member since 2008, and is currently serving as the club president of GFWC Helena Woman’s Club (Montana).
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.