2020-2022 GFWC Georgia Second Vice President and Dean of Community Service Programs – Cathy Jones
Clubwomen are encouraged to select a “program of work” wherein their interest lies. The Five Community Service Programs are listed below. There is something for everyone who becomes a member of the Federation. Each Community Service Program has an area where club members work to improve their communities through different projects. There are also organizations that Partner with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and provide resources and suggestions for each Program. GFWC Program partners are the organizations with whom GFWC has established a formal relationship and mutual understanding.
GFWC is proud to partner with a number of dynamic and impactful organizations. Together, we work to improve our communities and better our world. Our partners offer unique and customized services, including: materials, speakers, kits, and/or additional information specifically designed for GFWC clubs.
Arts & Culture Community Service Program
The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking skills, builds focus and perseverance, and nurtures creativity, confidence, and collaboration. Cultural awareness promotes effective communication and profoundly increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people and experiences.
- Sponsor a Youth Art Contest during Youth Art Month in March. Art for Youth
- Foster Community Art
- Member Craft Competition
- Photography & Member Writing Contests
- Youth Writing & Art Contests
Civic Engagement & Outreach Community Service Program:
The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program reminds GFWC members that each of us is a part of a larger society and is responsible for undertaking actions that will create a better quality of life and foster a sense of community— locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The four “broad strokes” of this effort include: Citizenship; Crime Prevention, Safety, and Disaster Preparedness; the Needy, Hungry, and Homeless; and Our Military Personnel and Veterans.
- Support and aid women veterans in our community
- Veterans Affairs
- Citizenship Participation
- Community Safety
- Home Safety
- Vehicle Safety
Education & Libraries Community Service Program:
GFWC members promote education in both children and adults. We aim to help others, while we also continue to learn. Projects in the Education Community Service Program are designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions and opportunities, and to promote literacy, libraries, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world.
- Adult Literacy Family Literacy
- Youth Literacy Tutoring
Environment Community Service Program
The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages us to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, live sustainably, and beautify our communities and enjoy nature.
- Community Beautification Projects
- Tree-Planting and Preservation Projects
- Litter Prevention Projects
- Climate Change
Health & Wellness Community Service Program
The human body, mind, and spirit comprise our health and wellness. To improve our wellbeing, we must address three key components: nutrition, disease prevention, and physical and emotional care. This Community Service Program aims to explore the various opportunities for awareness and advancement of each of these vital areas.
- Hunger in America
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Healthy Self-Worth
- Weight Loss Challenge
- Heart Disease
- Breast Cancer
- Recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August
- Share information with club and community members on various topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as disease and conditions, healthy living, traveler’s health, emergency preparedness, and more.
- Partner with a local assisted living home to provide senior exercise equipment such as leg pedaling machines, resistance bands, and/or yoga mats.
- Educate, advocate, and/or donate during Mental Health Awareness month in May.
- Offer resources and/or promote programs that prevent bullying, so children and youth are safeguarded and supported at school, in the community, and online..
GFWC Advancement Areas
Because of the integral nature of the GFWC Advancement Areas, these areas are now recognized as core Advancement areas of any successful program. These programs are intended to benefit the Clubs. They include:
- Communication & Public Relations
- Fundraising and Development
- Women’s History and Resource Center
- Legislative and Public Policy