Volunteers in Action: GFWC Woman’s Club of Bridgeport (West Virginia) , GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey), and GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club (Georgia)
May 12, 2020
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Bridgeport (West Virginia) and the GFWC North Central Junior Alumnae (West Virginia), annually celebrates GFWC Federation Day. Typically, the occasion is noted with a meeting or party, but this year—due to the COVID-19—members celebrated in their own homes, snapping photos to share with each other. Members were asked to reflect on the many friendships made through their Federation involvement. They were to call a friend and reminisce about the wonderful opportunities they have shared through their membership in GFWC.
April is usually the month that GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) gathers at its monthly meeting to partake in many fundraising events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these events have been canceled. GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club witnessed the hardship of their neighbors and community suffering financially from business and school closures firsthand. Via electronic vote, it was approved by the membership to divide all available funds this year to donate to six area 501(c)(3) organizations that are on the front lines feeding, sheltering, and helping those at-risk in our community. GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club donated $750 each to the following six community partners: Cherokee High School Food Pantry, Covenant House, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Providence House, Wiley Food Pantry, and Women with Voices Charity.
Earlier this year, when schools and planned service projects started being canceled or postponed, members of the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club (Georgia) scrambled to find creative ways to continue to serve and quickly discovered that they cannot be stopped when their communities need us more than ever. Members came together and to help their communities in several ways:
- GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club sewed more than 300 masks that have been shipped and delivered with many more to come.
- GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club coordinated with local elementary school after the libraries and schools closed. They established a pop-up Little Free Library® in front of the school stocked with three cases of disinfectant, and books for readers of all ages.
- GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club Home Life set up a drive-by food donation box outside of the Allstate office in downtown Lilburn, GA; it was posted on social media so that both the general public and club members could drop off donations for their local food pantry without ever leaving their cars or waiting in line.
- GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club Arts Committee ordered components, assembled, and delivered 200 craft kits to Lilburn Elementary School for the children.
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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.