Volunteers in Action: GFWC High Springs Woman’s Club; Marietta Woman’s Club; Women’s Club of Farmingdale
August 27, 2019
The GFWC High Springs Woman’s Club (Florida) members made beautiful “Angel Gowns” for children who are unable to go home with their parents. Wedding gowns, prom dresses, and First Communion dresses are donated to create them. Accessories include baby blankets and bracelets. A heart is made from the same fabric, including an angel charm, for the parents as a keepsake.
When GFWC Georgia President, Tina Daniel, issued Georgia Women’s Clubs the conservation challenge of producing a garment out of recycled, reused or repurposed materials, the Marietta Woman’s Club (Georgia) rose to the challenge with their “eco-chic” creation. Their Victorian rococo-inspired ball gown was created out of more than 500 grocery bags collected by the club and the Cobb County Girl Scouts. The 12 foot long cathedral train, adorned with Target bag ruffles and flowers cut from recycled plastic water bottles, was highlighted by a bow quilted from the covers and pages of 30 back issues of Clubwoman Magazine. The garment won the “Most Creative” recognition. The Marietta Woman’s Club will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020 by showcasing the dress for local school children to promote conservation efforts to “recycle, reuse, re-purpose.”
Just in time for the start of the school year, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) partnered with friends and other groups to donate more than 50 backpacks filled with a large assortment of school supplies to St. Kilian’s Outreach Program. This annual tradition benefits local school-age children in grades K-12. Teachers and outreach volunteers sort through all the supplies and set aside special days in August for families in need to get materials for their children.
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Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.