Volunteers in Action: Village Improvement Association; Liliburn Woman’s Club; and Oconomowoc Woman’s Club
September 4, 2019
This summer a team of Village Improvement Association volunteers staffed the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Information Kiosk on Mondays and Tuesdays as they have for the past nine years. More than 55 VIA volunteers worked over 300 hours to keep the information flowing to beach visitors. From assisting a famished soon-to-be mother locate the nearest place to get breakfast to locating someone’s lost cellphone, gracious assistance from local residents helps maintain Rehoboth Beach’s reputation as an exciting and welcoming place for all, which keeps the vacationers returning year after year.
Just in time for Labor Day and in support of GFWC’s Women in the Military Grand Initiative, members of the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club (Georgia) Public Issues committee took turns during the construction phase of the first Habitat for Humanity home built for female veteran Octavia Moore. Then they assembled and delivered a beautiful housewarming basket which was presented during the Dedication Ceremony. After finding out Octavia’s favorite color was royal purple, members collected purple bath towels, throw rugs, kitchen goods, and vases sprinkled in with a few Fall outdoor garden art pieces. The club thanked Octavia for her service and there was not a dry eye in the house when she received the keys to her new home.
Pat Baker, Patty Gabilondo, Marine Veteran and homeowner Octavia Moore, and Air Force Veteran Christine Peredney
Pat Baker and Patty Gabilondo hard at work.
The Oconomowoc Woman’s Club (Wisconsin) is getting ready for their largest fundraiser of the year: their annual style show and luncheon. Fox 6 News’ Mary Stoker Smith and Oconomowoc’s Ralph Garcia will be the guest commentators. Their style show will feature fashions from local outlet stores and boutiques. There will also be a large raffle for attendees! All proceeds from the event go to local charities, including AngelsGrace Hospice, Lake Area Free Clinic, & Zachariah’s Acres.
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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!