Volunteers in Action: Heritage League of Lincoln, GFWC Stuttgart Junior Woman’s Club, GFWC Lowell Woman’s Club
January 12, 2021
PRESIDENT’S PICK: Heritage League of Lincoln (Nebraska)
The Heritage League of Lincoln’s (Nebraska) The Holiday of Trees is now available. This year, the event was remote. It’s a once-in-a-century chance to see a part of what the club does, and has done for 48 years! Gather a small group of socially distanced and masked individuals and enjoy it together.
Proceeds for the 2019 Holiday of Trees went to the LMTA Music Outreach Program offered through the Lincoln Music Teachers Association. The program offers low-cost music lessons to students who are at risk or in need. A maximum of 50 students receive lessons in piano, organ, percussion, violin, viola, voice, guitar, woodwinds, theory, and composition. Each student must be recommended by an adult who is familiar with the child’s talent and interest.
GFWC Stuttgart Junior Woman’s Club (Arkansas)
The GFWC Stuttgart Junior Woman’s Club (Arkansas) hosted their annual Baggo Tournament benefitting Restoration of Hope and Domestic Violence Awareness on November 11 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Fifteen teams participated in the event and raised more than $1,600. This year, the club decided to focus on the specific needs of the local women’s shelter, in addition to giving them a $500 cash donation. The club purchased more than $500 in bathroom, kitchen, and household essentials. The remaining money raised was donated to the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarships, benefitting those impacted by partner violence.
GFWC Lowell Woman’s Club (Indiana)
The Lowell Woman’s Club (Indiana) was happy to end their holiday season with gifting the Lowell Trustee’s Office Food Bank with nine complete baking baskets.
Volunteer members donated time and purchases to make the baskets available to nine families in need with the help of trustee Alice Dahl.
Club President Sara Sizemore and her mother, member Kathleen Sizemore, accepted all the supplies while being conscious of social distancing and maintaining safety to assemble.
The baskets were assembled with every ingredient to make several types of cookies and included gift cards for eggs and butter, cookie sheets, and recipe cards. Then they were bagged and bowed.
Members of the Lowell Woman’s Club said they have been proud of their club’s actions during the pandemic, including hosting a Zoom meeting at the end of November, keeping up with monthly donations to the Lowell Trustees Food Bank and donating to the Coat Drive held at local Tri-Creek Lumber.
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If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.