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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Melanie Carriker understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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!