Juniors’ Special Program: Advocates for Children
Egg My Yard
The GFWC Florentine Evening Club (MS) started an Egg My Yard fundraiser. For $10 per dozen, colorful, plastic eggs filled with candy, stickers, and toys were delivered to people’s yards Friday or Saturday evening before Easter for children to find Easter morning. Bunny paw prints and wooden “Easter Bunny” signs were also left. Funds were donated to Love in a Bag, a program that provides nutritious, prepackaged snacks weekly for about 50 students between two elementary schools.
Monster Petting Zoo
The Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford (CT) hosted Halloween in the Green, complete with a Monster Petting Zoo. Members dressed up as “friendly monsters” and allowed children to visit them, take pictures, and pet them. The children could not feed the monsters, but the monsters gave out candy and cookies to attendees.
Project Serve Day
The Woman’s Club of Saraland (AL) worked with University of Mobile employees on the school’s Project Serve Day to put together 60 homemade bags filled with feminine hygiene products and information about how bodies change with age. The bags were delivered to rural high schools and a school that serves kindergarten through eighth grade. The club plans to continue to make bags as needed.
Rock the Crock
The GFWC Evart Woman’s Club (MI) hosted Rock the Crock, a program created in partnership with Angels in Action to assist families in creating nutritious meals cooked in a crockpot. For 12 weeks, members loaded bags of groceries and a new recipe into the backs of their cars to deliver to participating families. The program promoted learning, reading skills, family time, and communication.
The Woman’s League of Mount Holly (NJ) organized Socktober, during which an old-fashioned clothes tree with clothing pins and three bins marked Children, Women, and Men was displayed at the county library to collect socks throughout October. In total 1,591 pairs of socks were collected and distributed to several sites that assist families, refugees, and resource centers. The club partnered with two realtor’s offices, the VFW, and the Girl Scouts to coordinate and publicize the event.
The DeQuincy Study Club (LA) partnered with a local primary school when they learned that individuals were experiencing limited funds due to the loss of jobs during COVID-19, and that as a result many families couldn’t afford valentines for the annual Valentine Exchange. Members donated hundreds of valentines to the school so that all the children could participate in the exchange.
Friday Night Out
The Alamo Women’s Club (CA) organized Friday Night Out, a program that provides social opportunities for special needs high school students in a safe environment where they can develop their social interaction skills. The event was held on Zoom during the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the parking lot of their clubhouse in person in October 2021. The parking lot was decorated for the event and members gave out candy.
Misfit “Stuffies” Program
The GFWC Stevens Point Woman’s Club (WI) organized a misfit “stuffies” program, during which broken stuffed animals and books were collected throughout the year and then washed, repaired, and repackaged before being shipped for distribution. A donated book was matched with each mended stuffed toy and donated to schools, churches, hospitals, Operation Bootstrap, service agencies, and others in need.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster (MD) made 458 dresses and 34 shorts for Little Dresses, a program that provides new, handmade dresses and shorts to children in developing countries and Native American children in the U.S. The dresses and shorts were sent to Africa, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and to Operation Christmas Child.
The Pumpkin House
The Woman’s Club of Logan (WV) transformed a local house into “The Pumpkin House” during the town’s Hocus Pocus Festival in October. The club purchased 1,000 pumpkins and took them to local schools for the children to carve before putting them on display throughout the house. During the festival, there was Halloween music, hayrides, a selfie stand and more.