Volunteers in Action: GFWC New Hampshire
October 21, 2019
On October 10, 2019, GFWC New Hampshire was inducted into the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s HALL OF FAME. The Coalition recognizes an individual and an organization annually for their tireless efforts on behalf of victims of crime and support of survivors.
From Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the Coalition:
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs NH has hundreds of committed members all across our state who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to community service. Many of their advocacy efforts center on preventing child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault; and connecting their fellow Granite Staters to local resources like crisis centers and mental health services. The Coalition has been fortunate to partner with this incredible organization for many years. Their members have hosted phone banks, attended legislative hearings, organized events, volunteered at a softball tournament/fundraiser, and have truly been the force of grassroots organizing that the anti-violence movement has depended on. We are inspired by their sense of community and stand in awe of their ability to drive change.
Recognition from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
October 10 at 6:32 PM ·
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has worked tirelessly to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence in New Hampshire. Wishing its members a successful dinner and I thank and congratulate this year’s honorees, Tom Velardi and GFWC New Hampshire, for their continued and vital work on behalf of survivors to ensure that they are heard, helped and have the support needed to seek justice. –J.S.
In addition to the noted activities above, GFWC NH passed a resolution to support crime victim’s rights, wrote letters to the editor, served as keynote speakers, been featured in informational/promotional videos, volunteered at a softball tournament/fundraiser, and testified to their state legislators. They are also working with the Coalition to develop the Go Forth with Confidence NH Scholarship, for a male or female survivor of domestic or sexual violence.
As Tina Smith, GFWC NH Signature Program Chairman, said in her acceptance speech:
To us, this is not just an award, this is gives us motivation to continue our work with the Coalition. GFWC NH is now in their Hall of Fame, but we will always continue to stand beside them to end domestic and sexual violence.
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Justine, whose husband Paul is a Vietnam Army veteran, has been an active clubwoman for 17 years. If there’s a club office, she’s held it.
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.