GFWC Celebrates Volunteers in Action Week
April 12, 2022
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs recognizes April 17-23, 2022 as Volunteers in Action Week, which takes place every fourth week of April to honor National Volunteer Month. This week leads into celebrating Federation Day on April 24, the 132nd anniversary of GFWC’s founding and clubwomen’s commitment to unite and make positive change in local and global communities.
Next week’s GFWC’s Volunteers in Action Blog showcases examples of how GFWC clubwomen have most recently worked to make the world a better place. These stories highlight the strength of volunteerism that have inspired many friends, family, and neighbors to get involved in GFWC and fostered long-term partnerships with various local organizations.
“Volunteers in Action Week is an annual celebration of GFWC’s volunteer spirit and the daily accomplishments of its clubwomen throughout the United States and around the world,” said GFWC International President Marian St.Clair. “Every day, our clubs work to advance society by improving ideas and actions within their communities.”
GFWC’s Volunteers in Action Blog is the premier source for success stories of community service projects that are organized by individual clubs, groups of clubs, or entire states or Regions within the Federation. Service projects fall within at least one of seven focus areas: Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention, Advocacy for Children, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and Outreach, Education and Libraries, Environment, and Health and Wellness. Club community success stories are posted to the blog weekly. Special features such as next week’s Volunteers in Action Week series are also published.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, with nearly 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and several countries, is a unifying organization that brings together local women’s clubs to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members are community leaders who work to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.
After moving several times with her husband, Rose Dory eventually found herself in Granger, Iowa. There, Rose discovered the Granger Woman's Club when she was invited to a club meeting by the vice president in 2015.
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.
GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.