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.
Patricia Porto has been an active member of the GFWC Brunswick Woman's Club since volunteering at an event in 2015 and making the decision to join the club.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.