Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
Wine, Women & Purses
GFWC of Central Oregon conducted a Wine, Women & Purses domestic violence center fundraiser. The club enlisted help from the community and Chamber of Commerce for donations, sponsorships, and ticket sales. Members secured 37 “loaded” purses filled with items valued at $50 or more that were then offered by silent or live auction. Members donated appetizers and desserts, while wine and beer were contributed by a winery and brewery. Shelter needs spurred bidders’ participation in a “Raise the Paddle” that netted over $10,000.
Benefit to Construct Domestic Violence Shelter
GFWC North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club (SC) members helped plan and sponsor a benefit event, Carolina Music in the Park, to raise funds for the construction of a Horry County Domestic Violence Shelter. Previously, Myrtle Beach did not have a domestic violence shelter. Collaborating with city and county groups to raise necessary funds, the club designated $20,000 to help sponsor the event. Multiple live country music entertainers participated in the ten-hour event and planners expected 8,000 to 10,000 attendees.
Crisis Intervention Center Support
GFWC Grundy Center Woman’s Club (IA) invited Palermo Clovers members to join them for a presentation. A speaker from the Crisis Intervention Center, which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, spoke to the clubwomen and 4-H members. The clubs made and donated bags to the Center that were created from washcloths and filled with basic essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion.
Angel Shots Need for Assistance
GFWC Austintown Junior Woman’s League (OH) educated five restaurant bartenders and servers about Angel Shots. Laminated reference sheets and business cards explaining Angel Shots were provided for distribution to female patrons. A guest having a bad first date could order an Angel Shot to signal the bartender/server of the need for assistance. Ordering an Angel Shot on the rocks or with lime signaled the guest needed serious assistance. Well-received, the club continued domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts.
Support of Buffum Center
GFWC Warwick Women’s Club (RI) was recognized for 40 years involvement with the Elizabeth Buffum Center that serves the most vulnerable in their community. The Center was the club’s Community Improvement Project and continues to be an important part of their club work. The club holds a permanent position on the Board of Directors and members serve on the fundraising committee, two subcommittees, and fulfill the annual holiday “wish list” of the Center’s families.
Transitional Housing Apartment
GFWC San Diego Woman’s Club (CA) has sponsored a transitional housing complex apartment since 2004. The 25-member club furnished the apartment and provided food, paper products, and other items. As the family transitions out, they may take needed household items and furnishings as they settle into new housing. Members clean, refurnish, and replenish the apartment for the next family. They also give family members in the apartment three gifts from their wish list.
As the GFWC Illinois State Project, the state chairman adopted the Signature Program theme of Purple Power and sold purple awareness bracelets, held a purse raffle, and received donations from Districts and clubs to fund the Success for Survivors Scholarships. Clubs donated 70 purses used as state convention table decorations and donated them to shelters. Clubs were asked to prepare toiletry bags for men and teenage boys, children’s backpacks or bags, elder abuse kits, and purses for women affected by domestic violence.
Rape Victims Clothing Closet
GFWC Agawam Junior Woman’s Club (MA) contacted the YWCA to offer assistance. The YWCA Director requested specific clothing for rape survivors. Victims must leave their own clothing at the hospital for forensic testing and need clothing to wear home. The club applied and received one of the GFWC MA Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Awareness Grants for $500. The grant, as well as member donations, were a tremendous help in restocking the YWCA clothing closet.
Go Forth with Confidence Scholarship
As the GFWC New Hampshire State Project, the state chairman developed a Go Forth with Confidence Scholarship. The chairman presented the idea to the GFWC New Hampshire Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and then to the full membership. GFWC NH voted to put $1000 in the state budget to start the scholarship fund. The scholarship was awarded to survivors going to a college, technical institute, trade school, or completing a certification.
As the GFWC Maine State Project, the state partnered with Maine’s Council for Elder Abuse Prevention and Legal Services for the Elderly to raise awareness about elder abuse. The state chairman contacted both organizations and suggested they partner for a state-wide high school essay scholarship contest on elder abuse. The $1000 scholarship was awarded on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, at the State Capitol. There, the student author and recipient of the $1000 scholarship read the winning essay.
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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.