Volunteers in Action: Southwest Region Woman’s Club of Colorado and NJSFWC Southern District
January 31, 2023
On January 16, 2023, GFWC clubs participated in a variety of fantastic community initiatives around the country in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service. Here are just two of the many!
In New Jersey, the Millville Woman’s Club hosted clubs from across the NJSFWC Southern District to support the state Community Food Bank. Members of these clubs donated cans of tuna, chicken and vegetables; packages of fruit cups; oatmeal cups; granola bars; and cereal, along with bags of beans and of rice and more. Club volunteers then worked diligently to create Dinners in a Bag, College Meal Kits, Healthy Lifestyle Meal Kits, and Snowy Meal Kits. These were donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and distributed by Gateway Community Action Partnership. Pictured above are (left to right) Shirley Grygotis (Absecon); Carole Speechley, President (Cape May); Linda Green, District Chair for the Day of Service; Laura Badger, Southern District VP; and Barbara Heim (Cape May).
And in Colorado, the GFWC Southwest Region Woman’s Club partnered with local non-profit Benefits in Action to help those in the community experiencing food insecurity. Ten club members (pictured below) volunteered 30 hours to fill 251 boxes, all of which were delivered to Benefits in Action clients who are seniors, medically fragile, and do not have transportation to access local food banks.
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