Volunteers in Action: GFWC South Carolina, GFWC Peninsula Hills Women’s Club, and Woman’s Club of Clayton
April 13, 2021
GFWC South Carolina
Several GFWC South Carolina clubs are participating in GFWC Affiliate Organization Prevent Child Abuse America’s (PCAA) Pinwheels for Prevention campaign this year. One of these clubs is GFWC Lexington Woman’s Club. The club’s Health and Wellness committee showed their support for the Children’s Trust of South Carolina by planting a pinwheel garden on the lawn at the Lexington County Courthouse. The pinwheels will remain on display through the end of April.
Another South Carolina club participating in the campaign this year is the GFWC Woman’s Club of the Midlands. Club President DeAna Reed-Sharpe said she was thrilled to see a large gathering of club members planting pinwheels in the high-visibility area at the corner of 12th Street and Jarvis Klapman Boulevard. Members dressed in blue in honor of Wear Blue Day to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month, and they came ready to spread the word about preventing child abuse and neglect.
“We have 100 percent support of this effort,” DeAna said.
Pinwheels were chosen for this campaign to represent childlike whimsy and lightheartedness, as well as PCAA’s vision for a world where all children can grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities.
Children’s Trust of South Carolina serves as PCAA’s state affiliate in South Carolina.
GFWC Peninsula Hills Women’s Club
GFWC Peninsula Hills Women’s Club (California) has remained busy throughout the past year, despite challenges caused by COVID-19. Earlier this year, the club created the “Thanking Essential Workers” project. As part of this project, members purchased candy bars, created labels, wrapped the candy bars, and delivered them to various locations. These locations included the Sequoia Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center, the Redwood City Police Department, the Redwood City Fire Department, and the Fair Oaks Medical Center.
In addition to this project, clubwomen filled 42 Easter bags with small gifts and candy for agricultural workers in San Jose.
Last year, club members also helped deliver Christmas stockings to children of migrant farm workers along California’s central coast and donated funds to an elder adult center in Redwood City to help with the cost of delivering Thanksgiving dinners.
Woman’s Club of Clayton
Members of the Woman’s Club of Clayton’s (North Carolina) Environment Community Service Program spearheaded the planting of a pollinator garden at the local library. The purpose of pollinator gardens is to provide nectar or pollen for a wide range of pollinating insects. The lovely stone path running through the garden and the preparation of the garden was done by the residents of the town, and clubwomen are responsible for planting and maintaining the garden.
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Growing up in Virginia, Barbara Barnes was always one to support her community, and when the opportunity to join GFWC presented itself, she knew it was the right step for her.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.