Volunteers in Action: GFWC Meadowlarks; Women’s Club of Farmingdale; GFWC Ohio Junior Cyberlinks Club
September 11, 2019
The GFWC Meadowlarks, a club new to GFWC Wyoming, has been very busy over the summer. Members painted hallways at the local homeless shelter, COMEA House. They also served a delicious lunch to a Habitat for Humanity Crew, staying to visit and eat with them. They’ve planned ahead for future projects like entering a craft fair in October to raise funds!
Literacy is a high priority for the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) and so they were pleased to learn about International Literacy Day in a recent issue of News & Notes. For many years now, the club has renewed a special program where members donate a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book (many times a Dr. Seuss book), and a stuffed animal, all nestled inside a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, this undertaking reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of children. These totes are then donated to their local children’s homeless shelter in time for the Christmas holiday season. The club plans to continue this mission again this year.
The GFWC Ohio Junior Cyberlinks Club turned their downtown community teal in recognition of September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Members wore teal while hanging the teal ribbons on lamp posts and trees. They also posted signs encouraging people to know the signs of ovarian cancer. Among women in the US, ovarian cancer is the eighth-most common cancer and the fifth-leading cause of cancer death. The greatest number of cases occur in women over the age of 60. The club partnered with Erin Flanagan Lonsway, founder of the Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
Front from left to right Stephanie Furano, GFWC OHIO President Linda Crish,
Renee Maiorca, Cyberlinks President Pam Vines.
Back row left to right: GFWC Ohio Director of Junior Clubs Esther Gartland, Sharon Drummond,
GFWC Ohio Assistant of Director of Junior Clubs Mary Witkowski, and Erin Flanagan Lonsway.
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If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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.