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The GFWC Annual Convention Service Project is looking for volunteers to assist in creating 1,000 Self-Care Packages for parents with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A baby’s NICU stay is often unexpected, leaving families alone in an unfamiliar world. The stress of having a baby in the NICU can go on for weeks and months. It can be tiring to learn so much about your baby’s medical condition and make care and treatment decisions. No parent is fully prepared for life in the NICU, but parents can find comfort and relief by taking care of themselves. The self-care packages for parents is one step in helping parents to care for themselves so they can continue to care for their baby.
How to Reach the Goal
Each of GFWC’s eight regions will be in charge of a specific NICU Care Package item, remembering that only travel-sized items will fit:
|Great Lakes Region||Travel-sized Toothpaste|
|Middle Atlantic Region||Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)|
|Mississippi Valley Region||Bar of Soap|
|New England Region||Travel-sized Body Lotion|
|South Central Region||1,100 Gallon-sized Zip Lock Storage Bags|
|Southeastern Region||Travel-sized Deodorants (For Men and Women)|
|Southern Region||Travel-sized Shampoos|
|Western States Region||Travel-sized Conditioners|
Those attending Convention may choose to bring the items in their luggage (please follow TSA guidelines). For clubwomen not attending Convention, or if your luggage is already filled to the brim, the best way to help would be to send a check by June 1 to GFWC Headquarters made out to GFWC with “2019 Service Project” and your region in the memo line. Your donation will be used to purchase supplies at the Sam’s Club or Costco in Austin at the time of Convention. Please do not send toiletries to GFWC Headquarters. No perishables, aerosols, or alcohol-based items, please.
Contact: Jennifer Simpson
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.