Community Service Programs
For more information from GFWC International, check out the 2016-2018 Club Manual.
There are six major Community Service Program areas as outlined by GFWC International. They are listed below along with the GFWC - WI chairwomen and possible ideas.
- Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest - Gloria Lansin - Implemented at the GFWC-WI club, district, and state levels, this annual juried art contest for 7th and 8th grade public, private, and home-schooled students is unique to GFWC-WI. The contest was begun in 1927 to honor the memory of this great Oshkosh born sculptor to encourage artistic talent, and to recognized the achievement of student artists.
- Member Contests
- Very Special Arts
- Youth Short Story and Poetry Contest - Nancy Niedziela
Conservation - Kim Bruns
Education - Tammy Welter
- American Library Association
- Epsilon Sigma Omicron - Lifelong individual enrichment and learning through reading
- Mentoring USA
- Reading Rockets
- Wisconsin Leadership Seminar (WILS) - Leadership seminars for high school juniors. Clubs may provide financial donations to send students.
Home Life - Beverly Spinti
There are four Home Life GFWC Partners:
- Canine Companions for Independence - Laurel Marks
- Easter Seals - Janet Jamieson
- Inside Knowlege: Get the Facts about Gyneologic Cancer Campaign - Asia Romero or Cynthia Gelb (Note, they do not accept monetary donations because they are funded by Congress.)
- The Heart Truth: National Heart Lung & Blood Institute - Ann M. Taubenheim
Other suggested programs for Home Life:
- Alzheimers Association
- American Heart Association
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Habitat for Humanity
- March of Dimes
- National Organization on Disability
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement
Direct any questions regarding projects that do not involve GFWC partners to the 2014-2016 GFWC Home Life Community Service Program Chairman Anne Redlus (609-828-1970), or GFWC Programs department at Programs@GFWC.org.
“Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
A donation of $240 helps provide surgery for waiting children. Your donation can give a child a new smile and a life filled with possibilities.” Another way to get involved is to order a kit for your club. A kit includes patterns for both the gown and the No-No Armband. Also ask for the DVD featuring Roma Downey. It would be a wonderful heartwarming addition to your meeting. Many clubs collect items for the Smile Bags. Details are in a kit.
Bonnie Keuhne at firstname.lastname@example.org
“One child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented from with a vaccine. Why? Because one in five children lacks access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy.”
Protect 5 children against polio for as little as $5. Donations are needed and your club may wish to participate in letter-writing campaigns, attending public meetings, and even holding information sessions with elected officials to advocate on the importance of life-saving vaccines for children in developing countries. Educate your clubwomen about life-saving immunizations.
Alan Kissick at email@example.com
“Every night, one in eight people in the world goes to bed hungry. At the heart of the solution are smallholder-farming families…and women.”
Request a GFWC Program Kit: “12 Stones” DVD, brochures and Heifer Gift Catalogs, and animal button pins. The DVD is about 20 minutes and makes for a wonderful meeting program; it’s a beautifully done documentary of our work that was filmed about our work with women farmers in Nepal. We are currently holding an online fundraising campaign for GFWC to help rebuild our work in Nepal during the aftermath of the earthquakes (click here for more information).
Cindy Sellers Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more than six decades, GFWC has supported UNICEF, the United States Fund, in its efforts to ensure the world’s most vulnerable children have access to health and immunizations, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency and disaster relief and more.
Request the “End Child Trafficking” flier for your club. Donate (click here for donation flyer) to support the continuation of the End Trafficking project. Learn how to spot the signs of trafficking. Download the End Trafficking postcard at unicefusa.org/end trafficking. Use End Trafficking resources to educate and mobilize. They are free to download on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF website. Hold a screening of Not My Life. Facilitate a discussion afterward about ways to take action. Email email@example.com to learn how you can get a copy of the film and discussion guide. Make your meetings Fair Trade! Visit fairtradeusa.org to identify fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and other products you can serve that are made without child or slave labor. Advocate! Visit unicefusa.org/help/ advocate/end-child-trafficking.
Rachel Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Issues - Karen Ostrowski
The GFWC Community Service Program, Public Issues, is designed tomake your club members aware of civic and social responsibilities in your communities and to help you find effective projects and activities relating to this program.
Partnerships in Public Issues are the Kettering Foundation (an independent non-partisan research organization), USO & all related USO projects such as USO2GO, Operation Phone Home, Sesame Street/USO Experience, USO Warrior & Family Centers and all USO Centers.
Wisconsin will once again be promoting the Quilts of Valor program. Patriotic quilts that are made and presented to military personnel as a way of saying “thank you for your service”. These quilts are throw-size, usually patriotic colors, machine quilted, labelled with a QOV label and also include a presentation case. Quilts are accepted in any stage of completion. We accept fabrics, quilt tops, batting, threads, etc. If you do not want to make your own label, I will have QOV labels you can get and simply fill out and sew onto your quilts. Please see the two pages of instructions here: page 1 and page 2. For further information regarding this program contact me. Any work done for Quilts of Valor would be reported under Public Issues, NOT Public Issues Partnership.