Volunteers in Action: Naples Woman’s Club, Lisle Woman’s Club, Exeter Area GFWC, and Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg
April 27, 2021
Naples Woman’s Club
In keeping with the theme Restore Our Earth, members of the Naples Woman’s Club (Florida) organized a beach clean-up day on Earth Day, April 22. The club’s Environmental Committee volunteered their time to clean up the beaches at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples, Florida.
The park’s Board President, Kathy Foster, and Park Manger Terrance Torvund had everything ready to go for the group of volunteers as they set out to clean up one of the many beaches along Florida’s west coast. Many volunteers from the club joined together to make the beaches and ocean a little cleaner one piece of trash at a time. The day was a huge success!
The Naples Woman’s Club Juniorettes also organized a beach clean-up day of their own on April 23.
Lisle Woman’s Club
Lisle Woman’s Club (Illinois) member Bea Fodor had no idea what she started when she offered to collect plastic bags and deliver them to a group in Peotone, Illinois, that was taking bags and turning them into mats for people without homes.
In total, 2,871 plastic bags were collected by the club and made into balls of plastic yarn, which were then donated to the ladies at Christ Community Church in Peotone. These women then set to work crocheting the plastic into mats to put under sleeping bags. The handles from the bags were used as stuffing for small pillows attached to the mats.
The mats will go to three mission outlets in Illinois, where people without homes can pick them up.
Many club members participated in this project by collecting and dropping off plastic bags and making the plastic yarn balls.
Exeter Area GFWC
Exeter Area GFWC (New Hampshire) presented a donation of $1,000 to Waypoint, a critical non-profit provider of resources and services to families in need. Funds were raised through their annual SleepOut21 event designed to end youth homelessness in New Hampshire. Eight club members who participated in SleepOut21 raised an additional $675. Additionally, all funds raised were matched by a generous anonymous donor, bringing the total donation to $3,350. Waypoint, formerly known as Child and Family Services, has been advocating for and servicing New Hampshire for more than years. Exeter Area GFWC members said they are dedicated to enhancing the lives of others in Exeter and surrounding communities through volunteer and charitable services.
Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg
Members of the Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg (Virginia) gathered outside the City of Fredericksburg Head Start building to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Members assisted the Head Start children in planting blue and white pinwheels to participate in GFWC Affiliate Organization Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. The pinwheels are a symbolic reminder of the happy childhoods and bright futures that all children deserve. The Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg was glad to recognize Child Abuse Prevention month and to live up to their motto: Not for Ourselves Alone.
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For more than 60 years, GFWC clubwoman and 2020 Jennie Award Winner Barbara Winingham has been making a difference in her community by volunteering with GFWC Texas and GFWC Amity Club of Bowie.
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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.