Volunteers in Action: GFWC Legacy; GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club; and GFWC Oak View Women’s Club
January 8, 2019
In support of GFWC’s 2018-2020 Grand Initiative to support female veterans, GFWC Legacy (Alabama) partnered with Still Serving Veterans to supply two-week’s worth of groceries to female veterans in need of assistance. Still Serving Veterans Executive Director Paulette Risher attended their November club meeting to gave them an overview of the program and accept the club’s donation of more than $500 worth of groceries for distribution to clients in need!
But GFWC Legacy didn’t stop at supporting one Grand Initiative! One of the Grand Initiatives encourages clubwomen to plant 1,000 trees on Arbor Day. Unfortunately, Arbor Day is not the best time of the year for tree planting in Alabama! So GFWC Legacy coordinated with Operation Green Team, whose mission is to keep Huntsville beautiful and sustainable with litter prevention initiatives, waste reduction and recycling programs, landscape enhancements and environmental field trips and programs at the J.D. & Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve and the Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary. Operation Green Team also supports the Mayor’s Annual Tree Planting Initiative in early November. In addition to donating $100 to Operation Green Team for the planting of saplings, some club members braced the first bitterly cold morning of their winter season to plant trees on November 10th. They were even featured on the city’s television station.
GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club (Florida) participated in “A Reverse Advent Calendar.” For each day between December 2 to December 24, members placed a food item in a box or basket which was eventually donated to the Peaceful Paths food bank, an organization that serves survivors of domestic violence. In addition to the food, the club donated many toys to help children have a great Christmas.
Another club that helped survivors of domestic violence is the GFWC Oak View Women’s Club (California). This year they supported the GFWC Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention by gathering and filling more than 40 purses to be delivered to a local home for abused women. They packed the new and gently-used purses full of socks, toiletries, toothbrushes, and other items as well as a card signed by the members to be inserted in the purses to remind the recipients that the club supports the GFWC Signature Program to stand against violence.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.