Volunteers in Action: GFWC Illinois; GFWC Florida; GFWC Manchester CT Women’s Club
October 16, 2018
We always have Volunteers in Action to showcase because GFWC clubs are constantly on the move, planning new ways to improve their community and executing it with wonderful results. We treasure the opportunity to share events and projects that clubs do, so if you have something to share, send it to PR@GFWC.org for the chance to be featured on our blog. In the meantime, check out some of these great ideas!
GFWC Illinois Executive Committee and State Board members wore purple hair at their Fall Board Meeting to demonstrate support for the GFWC Signature Program Purple Hair Project. Amee Lee, Education Community Service Program Junior Representative, has had her hair dyed purple for the month of October because GFWC Illinois members, clubs, and districts raised nearly $2,000 for the Success for Survivors Scholarship Fund. Amee has posted a video on the GFWC Illinois’ Facebook Page.
GFWC Florida Junior Public Issues Chairman Vi Zonfrelli assembled informative posters to encourage clubwomen to support one of the Seven Grand Initiatives: Women in the Military. The posters gave visitors a wealth of ideas for how they can make a difference through volunteering and supporting veterans programs. One poster included points of contact for military and veteran related organizations. This was a great way to get everyone thinking about what they can do for Veteran’s Day!
Members of the Manchester CT Women’s Club (Connecticut) built “Superwoman,” a scarecrow for the Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival. It was a fun way to draw members together and an easy way to increase community awareness of the club, which was federated in March. Superwoman will join dozens of other scarecrows on the Main Street as people vote for their favorites on Facebook. The club hopes their scarecrow has a good chance at winning bragging rights!
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When it comes to membership presentations, GFWC Missouri State Membership Chairman Lisa Cook isn’t afraid to don an apron to present an unforgettable “recipe for membership” skit.
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!