Volunteers in Action: MLK Day of Service PT. 2
February 4, 2020
MLK Day of Service was such a great success for our GFWC Clubs that we had to take another week to share these amazing projects with you! Read and comment on some of the great projects that our GFWC Clubs have participated in below.
GFWC Hudson Woman’s Club (New Hampshire) volunteered at Hudson’s St. John, XXIII food pantry. Members organized Feeding Our Kids bags and Easter baskets for upcoming distribution. GFWC Hudson Woman’s Club spent more than 20 hours participating in this project, and in return received the good feeling of accomplishment and camaraderie!
GFWC Women’s Club of Indian River (Delaware) helped people stay warn this MLK Day. Members of the club handed out gloves at Giant, a local grocery store. Customers were thrilled with their efforts to help them stay warm during a cold day.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Rutherford (New Jersey) prepared Blizzard Bags for elders and home-bound in Bergen County. The bags were filled with food and snacks so that if the weather prevents residents from getting to the grocery store, they had a small emergency supply of things to eat and drink. This year the club prepared 60 bags which will be distributed by Meals on Wheels.
GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club (Florida) packed 76 “Snack Packs” for Ronald McDonald House. The bags will be given to family members to take with them when visiting their children at Shands Hospital. Other packs will be placed in the family visiting room at the hospital. GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club also created handmade valentine cards that will be given to residents for Valentine’s Day.
GFWC Dolley Madison Woman’s Club (North Carolina) collected toiletries and paper products for the Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter in the city of Greensboro. All members participated and they collected approximately $200 in products for the shelter.
GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club (New Hampshire) collected and donated canned goods to The Dover Food Pantry. The club collected 40 cans and 30 pounds of food.
GFWC North Pinellas Women’s Club (Florida), GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Women’s Club (Florida), and GFWC St. Petersburg Juniorettes joined together and celebrated MLK Day by giving away 1,000 books. This project was made possible by a service award from the 2020 MLK Day of Service Project.
GFWC Nevis Women’s Club (Minnesota) spent MLK Day of Service sewing 34 shields and 13 bags for Days for Girls. Members spent a total of 46.5 hours sewing. It was a great time for all volunteers!
GFWC Zion Woman’s Club (Illinois) hosted its third annual tea, a charitable fundraiser, at Shiloh House. Approximately 60 guests attended and enjoyed a variety of traditional and wonderful tea delicacies catered by The Sweet Stop of Winthrop Harbor. During the event, five young students of Zion Conservatory of Music performed traditional music on the piano.
GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club (Oregon) gathered craft supplies for St. Jude’s Hospital from members and other clubs in Oregon. Members created 70 waiting room bags full of crayons, colored pencils, paper, coloring books, and puzzles to help brighten those long days.
For the 20th year, the Berea community celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of speakers, marching, and music. After the march, GFWC Berea Woman’s Club (Kentucky) greeted guest with light refreshments. More than 150 Berea College and community members gathered at First Christian Church to indulge in the chatter and refreshments.
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Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!