Since 1944, Heifer International has provided gifts of livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to families in need around the world as a means to develop self-sufficiency. We work with farmers, mostly women, who are required to pass on the equivalent of the gift they received to another family in need. Whether they pass on the offspring of an animal or another resource, Passing on the Gift is a chain reaction that multiplies successes so that, eventually, entire communities thrive.
Heifer’s Tanzania School Milk Project is a special focus for GFWC. Through this project, students in the southern highlands of Tanzania receive nutritious, packaged milk – empowering them to focus on learning instead of hunger. No amount is too small: Every $2 your clubwomen raise = a week of milk for a student in Tanzania. Your gift of $72 provides a delicious daily serving of milk for one student for an entire school year.
GFWC members can engage with Heifer International in the following ways:
- Start by visiting www.heifer.org/gfwc Here you can find key information about the Tanzania School Milk Project, as well as downloadable resources for use at a club meeting. To make a donation to this project you may do so directly online on the GFWC page: heifer.org/gfwc. or include this Reference Code: #GFWC184MILK01 with your donation, on the memo line of checks or mention it when calling Heifer. Mail checks to 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.
- Give a gift that keeps on giving by donating to provide livestock to families. When mailing your donation please include a note with your livestock choice and also note this on the check memo line. If you would prefer to donate online please go to the Heifer website ( heifer.org) and the homepage provides the opportunity to make a donation. Please note: The Heifer page dedicated to GFWC provides the opportunity to donate to the Tanzania Milk Project, not for livestock. The Heifer website homepage provides the opportunity to donate and purchase livestock.
- Present living (and giving!) tributes. Animals in honor of a loved one make a great gift at any time of the year! A hive of bees for your busiest friend, an alpaca for your sister who knits…
- Request a volunteer speaker. Where available, Heifer-trained speakers can speak to your Region, state, district, or club. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
- Give gifts that give back! Visit Heifer’s Marketplace to find unique gifts for any occasion and make a big impact. Our marketplace helps grow small businesses for farmers and artisans. Visit www.heifer.org/gfwc and scroll down to “Shop For Good.”
- Sponsor a Local Read to Feed Program. Read to Feed is Heifer International’s unique reading incentive program. Students enlist sponsors to pledge a donation for each book read or hour spent reading. At the end of the program, the students pool all the funds raised from reading to donate to Heifer International. Your club can help a child make a difference by sponsoring a local school Read to Feed program!
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
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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.