Volunteers in Action: GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club, Park City Athenaeum Club, GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club, and GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry
September 29, 2020
GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (Massachusetts)
The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (Massachusetts) has received a donation of 320 Easter and prom dresses from Macy’s “My Give Back” program for employees whereby each store was sent a notice about the opportunity to donate these dresses. An employee, a Marlborough resident and active member of the community through its local charter school and city sports, while not a club member, knew of MJWC’s MetroWest Princess Boutique, an annual event of providing prom dresses and accessories to local high school students in need. The employee advocated on the club’s behalf for the dress donation from her store. The dresses were packed and waiting for club members’ arrival and the women at the store who helped load the dresses expressed interest in volunteering at the club’s next event.
The take away from this generous donation is to disseminate information about Macy’s give back program and identify employees who are willing to help their local GFWC club.
Park City Athenaeum Club (Utah)
Traditionally, groups around the country participate in the annual nationwide Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “walk” took the form of virtual celebrations, flower/poster displays, and individual walks. On Saturday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., members of the Park City Athenaeum Club in Park City, Utah gathered into small groups at one of three sites around the city to raise awareness in support of Alzheimer’s research.
GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club (Florida)
GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club (Florida) awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Fraser Hodges, a young man who has learned to succeed while living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism. Fraser convinced his parents and Lemon Bay High School that he could achieve his goal of graduating from his hometown high school rather than from a special school for students with learning, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. He graduated in June with a 3.67 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society during grades 11 and 12. Fraser is open with everyone that he doesn’t always find things easy, but says he never gives up or hides behind his diagnosis. He intends to be a graduate of the University of Georgia Destination Dawgs Program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to prepare for employment via inclusion in higher education. Fraser’s ultimate goal is a career in theater. Way to go, Fraser!
GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry (South Carolina)
The Woman’s League of the Lowcountry held its 6th Annual Game Day Fundraiser, Serving in September. Event proceeds will benefit Doors to Freedom, a licensed residential facility, contracted through the Department of Social Services and Department of Juvenile Justice, to provide a safe place for minor survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life. Doors to Freedom’s mission is to provide survivors a new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future.
President Phyllis Sippel displays some of the activity choices for the game days. Twenty Pickle ball players enjoyed a morning playing for the fundraiser.
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Lorraine Gorham is one busy clubwoman. Not only is she a wife, mother, and grandmother, she is also a member of seven clubs and serves as a club president and state chairman.
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.