Volunteers in Action: GFWC Woman’s League of Lowcountry, GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa, GFWC Millville Woman’s Club, and GFWC Agawam Junior Women’s Club
March 30, 2021
GFWC Woman’s League of Lowcountry (South Carolina)
GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry (South Carolina) sponsored a walk to benefit GFWC Affiliate Organization St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital the morning of March 13. Even though the walk was outside, the walk times were still staggered due to COVID-19. Masks were also worn and distancing was encouraged to ensure the safety of everyone participating. Donations were made at the pavilion the day of the walk or made online through the St. Jude event website. Live music, light snacks, coffee, and water were available throughout the morning. Local businesses also donated prizes and gift certificates, which were used as door prizes for all the registered donors.
Many club members helped plan and prepare for this wonderful project, and clubwomen said they are so grateful for the generosity and support of this event. As a result of this event, more than $9,000 will be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to benefit the children.
GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa (Colorado)
GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa (Colorado) wanted to show their appreciation to the staff of the Alamosa School District. Club member Linda Cozart, who spearheaded this project, commented, “For a year now, things have been uncertain as to how we should continue to live our lives during a pandemic. Nowhere has that been more agonizingly so than with the schools.”
It was with that sentiment in mind that club members put together large bowls of goodies and snacks and took them to the different school buildings to be placed in staff break rooms. This was a small way to say “thank you” for their dedication and doing their best in a bewildering year. A special note was placed in each snack bowl which read, “Take a minute to reflect and consider how truly awesome you are.”
GFWC Millville Woman’s Club (New Jersey)
GFWC Millville Woman’s Club (New Jersey) members make it their goal to honor military veterans and strive to demonstrate their appreciation for the service they provide. While the club has an on-going drive year round to receive articles of clothing for veterans, Louise Jones, the club’s Civic Engagement and Outreach Chairperson, came up with a special project during the holidays. It was called “Undies Under the Tree” and involved contributions of socks, undershirts, and underwear being generously donated for men and women for men an women. Various other items were contributed as well, including boxes of CDs featuring different types of music. On Friday, March 12, Louise Jones and Barbara Westog delivered this collection to the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland.
GFWC Agawam Junior Women’s Club (Massachusetts)
Members of GFWC Agawam Junior Women’s Club (Massachusetts) gathered at the Agawam Public Library for a pre-arranged work night recently to assemble five tied blankets to be donated to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts. The material was purchased more than a year ago, but the work could not be completed as a group due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering. The YWCA provides safe places for women and children in crisis, and offers women counseling, job training, childcare, and health and fitness opportunities.
Club members Donna Shibley, Lizzie Demerski, Ashley Moore, Regina Sibilia, Julie LaBarre, and Jen Nowak, from GFWC Wilbraham Junior Women’s Club, helped make the blankets.
Library staff members were pleased to hear chatter and laughter as the work progressed, and the club offered its thanks to Nancy Siegel, Agawam Public Library Director, for her help with scheduling.
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An eight-year Air Force veteran, Penny has been a GFWC member since 2008, and is currently serving as the club president of GFWC Helena Woman’s Club (Montana).
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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.