Volunteers in Action: Wake Forest Woman’s Club, GFWC Tremonton Women’s Civic League, GFWC of Holden Beach, GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces, Exeter Area GFWC, and Riverside Woman’s Club
December 7, 2020
Wake Forest Woman’s Club (North Carolina)
The Wake Forest Woman’s Club (North Carolina) supported local care facilities by making and donating 110 Alzheimer’s Sensory “Shake and Search” Bottles to them. Led by the club’s Arts and Culture Co-chairs, club members worked together to collect and clean empty Gatorade and Tropicana Bottles and caps, which were then partially filled with dry rice. Various interesting small items were placed inside the bottles. An attractive and original label was created and affixed to each bottle that listed the various items contained inside each bottle, along with a message: “Made for You by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club.” The caps were securely hot glued onto each bottle, and the bottles were again sanitized and boxed for hand delivery to each facility.
These bottles will provide a fun, sensory activity for the local residents of Alzheimer’s Units at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility and Hillside Assisted Living Facility, as well as residents of the nearby Murdoch Developmental Center. Caregivers were enthusiastic and appreciative to receive these gifts for their clients.
GFWC Tremonton Women’s Civic League (Utah)
Under those masks are smiles of joy! The GFWC Tremonton Women’s Civic League (Utah) donated poinsettias for each of the residents in the Our House Assisted Living Complex. Two members of the club are shown presenting the poinsettias to the facility manager. The residents were thrilled to receive a beautiful poinsettia for their room. The club is generating funds for community projects through their poinsettia sale.
GFWC of Holden Beach (North Carolina)
GFWC of Holden Beach members decided to Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence at the November virtual club meeting. By making as much noise as they could, the club encouraged everyone to do the same thing and post their video on YouTube and Facebook. The members in hats are Past Club and State Presidents who dressed in white for a presentation on the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces (New Mexico)
GFWC Progess Club of Las Cruces (New Mexico) donated cleaning supplies to Veterans who have been able to move out of homeless into apartments. The generosity of club members was awesome, and the opportunity to give back during these times was heartwarming!
Exeter Area GFWC (New Hampshire)
The Exeter Area GFWC (New Hampshire) organized an 11-basket snack drop off event to local health care workers, thanks Amy Hammershoy, the club’s newest member. The club had GFWC Logo inscribed thank you notes fixed to the baskets and included GFWC Membership Brochures.
The day of delivery Amy, Carol Waters and Barbara Fittro helped with deliveries with representatives from Assisted Living Locators. Deliveries were made to care givers at: Clear Choice MD, Rockingham County Nursing Home, NH Convenient MD, Exeter Hospital, The Exeter Center Nursing Home, and Langdon Place of Exeter Assisted Living.
Healthcare workers are having a difficult time right now with the COVID increase and they were so very appreciative of the snack gifts.
Riverside Woman’s Club (California)
On November 9, members of the Riverside Womans’ Club (California) helped Northgate Market distribute 880 meals. As each car drove through the La Sierra Park driveway, members helped bag and load approximately 30 lbs of food into car trunks. Food items were: peanut butter, cereal, spaghetti sauce, noodles, rice, corn, tortillas, tomato sauce, frozen chicken, milk, bread, cheese, eggs, and fresh produce. Riverside Police were onsite to assist with traffic control.
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Success For Survivors Scholarship
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GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.