Arts and Culture Community Service Program
Pads for African Girls
GFWC Illinois – GFWC Wauconda Woman’s Club
The Wauconda Woman’s Club participated in the “Pads for African Girls Project.” Members cut, sewed, and assembled kits that contained washable, reusable sanitary pads. Access to sanitary products increases the likelihood that girls will continue their education. The club created fifty kits which contained three pads, one plastic bag for a used pad, one pair of panties, and an educational brochure, all packaged in a fabric pouch.
Creating Towel Elephants
GFWC Massachusetts – GFWC Taunton and Raynham Juniors
The Arts and Culture Chairman demonstrated, during a business meeting, how to make elephants out of bath towels, hand towels, and face cloths—rolling tampons into the facecloths, which created the tail—then filling Ziplock bags with numerous items such as soaps, shampoo, combs, toothpaste, brush, razors, and lotions. When done, they were stitched together, and googly eyes and ribbons were added and made ready for donation.
Meals on Wheels Valentine Cards
GFWC Michigan – GFWC Big Rapids, Inc. Club
The GFWC Big Rapids, Inc. Club gathered around a large table to make Valentine’s Day cards. Members were asked to bring anything they had that could be used on the cards for decorations, and a total of 185 cards were created. They were delivered to shut-ins clients of the Meals on Wheels program for the county. Bringing a smile to faces on a chilly winter Valentine’s Day.
Christmas in a Small Town
GFWC Mississippi – GFWC Fine Arts Club of Bruce
The GFWC Fine Arts Club of Bruce designed and built a float with a “Christmas in a Small Town” theme to enter the annual Bruce Christmas Parade. The club promoted literacy and its charitable and volunteer acts by decorating the float with the accomplishments and activities the club participates in annually. This project brought awareness to their club and its efforts in their community in a creative way.
GFWC Montana – GFWC Thompson Falls Women’s Club
After collecting historical documents and artifacts while preparing for its 100th Anniversary, they developed a Time Capsule with memorabilia. They placed the memorabilia in a metal container and hid it in the Jail Museum during its recent renovations to be found by future generations.
Quilts of Valor
GFWC New Hampshire – The GFWC Lisbon-Friends in Council
The Lisbon – Friends in Council worked on a quilt to donate to Quilt of Valor® (QOV), a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted to be awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” The Club was excited to make and donate the QOV to this beautiful charity.
GFWC New Jersey – GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Verona
The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona joined the Township of Verona and the Verona Public Library to create a town festival called Fall-o-ween. The goal was a free event with a DJ, petting zoo, costume parade, pumpkin painting, inflatable entertainment, and goody bags for children to take home. The Juniors provided five hundred goody bags containing toys, trinkets, candy, and a club promotional flyer. They also provided volunteers to help with the costume parade.
Annual Remembrance of 9/11
GFWC New Mexico – GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces
The club donated an artistic replica of the Twin Towers. Artists painted the Towers with five hundred tiles of flowers to show the lives lost in 2001. Through invitation, elected and City personnel attended. The Club donated a framed flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to honor those lost and the heroes who died that day.
Community Service for the Arts
GFWC Oklahoma – GFWC Platonic Club of Cheyanne
The club supported the High School Drama Department by sewing, repairing, and remaking costumes for stage use in one of their season’s productions. The club also donated money to renovate the theater, restrooms, and kitchen area. This club also supports the annual Art Camp from the Metcalf Museum, and they helped decorate during the holidays with a lighted message by a club member.
Homemade Kitty Toys
GFWC Rhode Island – GFWC Bristol County Women’s Club
The club worked hard to provide for animals in their communities, creating fun toys for kitties at the Providence Animal Rescue League. 110 Colorful twisted pipe-cleaners; eighty bright bouncy cut-up and transformed toilet-paper rolls; and thirty-three fun “keep-away” cloth strips on a stick. The Club membership had fun making the toys, and the kitties loved playing with them.