Volunteers in Action: GFWC Woman’s Club of Fairfax, GFWC Woman’s League of Lowcounty, GFWC Community Club of Collegeville, GFWC Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg, and GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club
February 16, 2021
GFWC Woman’s Club of Fairfax (Virginia)
GFWC Woman’s Club of Fairfax (Virginia) kicked off 2021 with a socially-distanced Drive-up, Drop-Off, and Drop-in Social. This event continued the club’s commitment to staying connected with members while maintaining its role as an important volunteer organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Echoing the theme of Martin Luther King Junior’s Day of Service, the event provided an opportunity for clubwomen to drop off items collected for the club’s Foster Care Program.
During the Drive-up, Drop-off, and Drop-in Social, 135 Valentine’s Day cards were dropped off to go to children in foster care and child protective services in Fairfax County, as well as for youth in college who have recently aged out of foster care through Foster Care to Success. Along with the cards, 24 “Comfort Cases,” filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system, and 15 birthday kits, consisting of cake mix, icing, a birthday banner, streamers, candles, balloons, a card, and a modest gift, also were donated.
Comfort Cases is a nonprofit organization that aims to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care by providing a backpack filled with personal care items to children entering the child welfare system.
Foster Care to Success is a nonprofit organization that works with college-bound youth in the foster care system to help them transition from care to adulthood through education.
GFWC Woman’s League of Lowcounty (South Carolina)
Edie Autuori and her committee are heading up the Hunger Initiative for GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry (South Carolina). The committee kicked off the New Year with “Breakfast for a Better Day” to support Mercy Mission in Hardeeville, South Carolina, by collecting and delivering healthy breakfast food items throughout the month of January. Mercy Mission, directed by Sister Mary Francis, provides a food pantry as well as a thrift store for Jasper County families. Throughout the last year, this organization has served more than 17,000 individuals.
GFWC Community Club of Collegeville (Pennsylvania)
Members of GFWC Community Club of Collegeville (Pennsylvania) donated more than $700 worth of items to the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City, Pennsylvania, on February 12. Items included gift cards, batteries, storage containers, personal care items, art supplies, adult coloring books, puzzle books, two new DVD players, and more.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg (Virginia)
Members of GFWC Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg (Virginia) said “thank you” to healthcare workers in COVID-19 units at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital by sending them more than 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards and a poster expressing their appreciation. Club members said they are proud to honor the healthcare workers for caring for the Fredericksburg community during the pandemic.
GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club (Connecticut)
Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club (Connecticut) has continued to host monthly and special Zoom meetings to promote camaraderie in the areas of social and charitable endeavors. Club members recently developed an arts and crafts project during which craft kits were made available to members at a minimal cost. As a result of this craft project, along with additional donation from members, the club raised $185 for the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, which they donated in the form of gift cards for grocery stores in the area. The club has hosted different fundraisers each month of the pandemic.
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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.
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.