Volunteers in Action: GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora, GFWC Woman’s Club of Bismarck, GFWC Walnut Valley Women’s Club, GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale
May 4, 2021
GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora
On Federation Day, GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois) volunteers gathered in a parking lot to collect items for several projects. Cars drove in, trunks were popped, and volunteers retrieved the donations. Members donated baby items for the club’s annual baby shower for the VNA Healthy Families program, flower and vegetable seed packets for Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry’s Garden, Charity Blooms, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines for the Aurora Police Department’s Drug Take Back Program, and can-tabs for Ronald McDonald House. Club members said it was a wonderful morning of fun, friendship, and Living the Volunteer Spirit!
GFWC Woman’s Club of Bismarck
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Bismarck (Illinois) hosted a special event on March 29, at Crosspoint Human Services in Danville, Illinois, for GFWC Affiliate Organization Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. Members planted pinwheels around the Peace Pole and in the pots in front of the shelter, and 15 pinwheels in vases with tent signs were delivered for placement throughout the building. Members also made Easter baskets for the children who live at the shelter.
Members brought candy for the baskets to their March club meeting and then collected baskets, grass, and small items to place in the baskets. A local children’s ministry also donated small toys and stuffed animals to help the cause. The club’s Prevent Child Abuse Chairmen met twice and sorted items and five club members met at the shelter to assemble 15 Easter baskets. A pinwheel was also added to each basket. Extra candy from club donations was used for an Easter egg hunt for the children. The Crosspoint Human Services director and an employee who works with the residents told members they were very appreciative of the donations.
In April, members also donated coloring books, crayons, puzzles, pencils, paper, clip boards, games, books, toys, and other items needed for the Vermilion County Children’s Advocacy Center.
GFWC Walnut Valley Women’s Club
GFWC Walnut Valley Women’s Club (California) has continued their volunteer efforts despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Walnut Senior Center set up a Little Free Library in March 2020, outside the facility, and clubwomen have been donating books ever since. Members have donated more than 2,000 books in the last year.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills
Members from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills (New Jersey) joined a town-wide clean-up effort of more than 200 volunteers as part of Earth Day on April 24. Teams were sent to various areas in town to pick up discarded trash. The ladies cleaned up along the Boonton Reservoir and a particular focus was placed on picking up micro plastics and other trash in this area to reduce the negative impact on local wildlife.
GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale
Through the efforts of GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale’s (New York) past President Barbara Hoerner, club members were made aware of a not-for-profit organization called Beads for Courage. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and teens coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them through their Arts-in-Medicine Programs. The organization has established collaborative partnerships with hundreds of hospitals nationally and internationally and worked with several community organizations to make healing happen through the use of beads as a historical art form.
With the help of a donation of upholstery fabric from Avanti Furniture Corp. in Farmingdale, members of the club sewed dozens of small bags to contain the beads so these children can have a convenient place to store them.
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Success For Survivors Scholarship
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GFWC High Springs New Century Woman's Club
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