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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Darby Frankfurth has risen from club chairmanships and officer roles, all the way to GFWC Florida state office.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.