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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Hope Royer joined GFWC looking for an avenue to conduct community service. In her 40+ years with the Federation, she has found that, and then some.
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