Volunteers in Action: GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club (West Virginia), GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club (Alabama), and GFWC Tennessee
March 23, 2020
GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club (West Virginia) hosted there 2nd annual “Be the Change Ball.” This year’s theme was “Fairest of Them All.” A total of $97,246.56 was raised at this event. The fund raised from this event will be split in two ways. Some funds ($85,000 ) will go West Virginia’s new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital to fund a NICU Milk Bank, and a Child Life Prep Room. The remaining $12,246.56 goes to the club for the work they do in their community and beyond.
GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club (Alabama) works with the Guardians of the Ribbon– Lower Alabama Chapter to promote awareness and support for cancer survivors. Debby Hauble was a member for many years prior to her diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. October 2020, will be the third year that the club participated “Gulf Shores Goes Pink.” a celebration held by the Gulf Shores Fire Department. This event brings the community together to show love and support for all cancer victims, their families, and caregivers. All donations are given to locals in the community.
GFWC Tennessee held a luncheon on March 10 with guest speaker, Wanda Sobieski, who highlighted eight influential women. Seven of the women were from Tennessee and worked tirelessly to make Tennessee the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Club members dressed as the eight suffragettes. Following the program and luncheon, there was a tour of the State Capitol.
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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.
GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.