Volunteers in Action: GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club and GFWC Shorewood Woman’s Club
August 30, 2022
GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club
Connecticut clubwomen gave out backpacks filled with school supplies during their community’s Back to School Block Party.
Members of the GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club (Connecticut) have been hard at work this summer helping students prepare for going back to school. Clubwoman Maureen Andryuk explained the members donated school supplies worth more than $730 to the community’s Back to School Block Party on August 25. The donated supplies, which included notebooks, plastic folders, pencil sharpeners, erasers, and much more, went into backpacks that were then handed out to children and families who attended the event.
In addition to providing backpacks filled with school supplies, club members volunteered to help with other games and activities at the Back to School Block Party. The event was presented by the Town of Windsor Office of Family and Community Partnerships.
Maureen said that due to lasting economic impacts of COVID-19, it has been difficult for some families to put together a complete set of supplies for their children, and the members wanted to do everything they could to offer some assistance. She added that this project was important to clubwomen because they want to continue to support kids in their community and ensure that they receive the best education possible.
“We want to keep the attendance up and we want to make sure children have what they need to be successful and do well in school,” Maureen said.
GFWC Shorewood Woman’s Club
In conjunction with their annual August Birthday Luncheon, the GFWC Shorewood Woman’s Club organizes a school supply drive to support local students.
The GFWC Shorewood Woman’s Club (Wisconsin) donated more than $600 in funds and school supplies to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission for children in need. Membership Chairman Kay Berzsenyi explained that the club hosts a school supply drive in conjunction with their annual August Birthday Luncheon each summer and they select different local organizations to support with their donations.
“Each year we look for an organization that indicates they need different things,” Kay said. “The Milwaukee Rescue Mission was very happy to receive these school supplies.”
Kay said the members were provided with a list of items to choose from to donate, which included a variety of basic school supplies to help children be successful as they return to the classroom. She added that members always enjoy shopping for the children and are happy to know they are making a positive impact on students in the community.
“Supporting students who need the help falls in with our aim,” Kay said.
In addition to the school supply drive, Kay said the GFWC Shorewood Woman’s Club works to help students by providing a few scholarships for graduating seniors and returning university students each year.
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GFWC clubwoman and 2020 Jennie Award Winner Bridget Murphy has accomplished many great things during her time with GFWC and she has used volunteering to make her community a better place for everyone.
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