Volunteers in Action: GFWC Northwest Suburban Woman’s Club; Oregon City Woman’s Club; GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club
September 16, 2019
When GFWC Northwest Suburban Woman’s Club (Illinois) petitioned Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi concerning HR 2793 as part of GFWC’s Brand Initiative for clubwomen to make a 1,000 contacts to representatives in support of Miranda’s Law, they decided to go big! Instead of sending postcards and letters, the club members put together, signed in RED and sent a 2×3-foot petition to the congressman’s Washington, DC office. It was a very satisfying project for the club to feel like their voice would be heard!
The Oregon City Woman’s Club (Oregon) was on hand helping Start Right School Supplies. In addition to donating, club members counted inventory, tracked monetary donations, and helped to pack and sort 1,600 backpacks for students from kindergarten through high school who would not have all of the necessary supplies for a successful school year otherwise.
Each year on September 11, the GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club (Florida) creates baskets of goodies and fruit to honor their first responders. The baskets are presented to the High Springs Fire and Police Departments, the Fort White Sheriff’s station, the Fort White Fire Department, and the Alachua County EMT station. Members signed a thank you card to include in each basket. It’s a small gesture to show appreciation to the wonderful people that care for their community and keep it safe.
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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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.