Community Services Programs & Special Committees


Conservation


In 1808 the Federation encouraged club-women to protect the environment by establishing committees to gather and report information on environmental needs in their states. By 1900 , GFWC was advocating legislation prohibiting dumping in the nation's rivers and in 1902 formed the Forestry and Irrigation Committee to preserve such national treasures as the California redwoods and 

the Appalachians. The Conservation Department has enjoyed a close working relationship with the National Park ServiceClub-women have played an integral role in saving the Florida Everglades, and protecting wildlife and safeguarding America' s rivers and lakes. They  participate in local river clean-up, beautification of our community and recycling programs.  Through this committee, the Club provides annual sponsorship of a Capuchin monkey at the local college zoo.    

        

GFWC has partnered with The Nature Generation for this Program. Learn more about this partnership here.



 

International Outreach


Club-women's involvement and interest in international relations has been long-standing. Early activities included work for disarmament support for overseas troops and official representation at the United Nations Charter Convention in 1945. Club-women have generated support for the United Nations and participated in relief efforts. GFWC's U.N. program continues to promote understanding through awareness of U.N. issues, especially those concerning women children, literacy, human rights and the environment. Clubs continue to support Operation Smile, Heifer International, and UNICEF; and are involved in educational and cultural exchanges'.  With Operation Smile (for children born with cleft palates) the members are working on sewing project that include making Smile Dolls, child=sized hospital gowns, draw-string bags and lap blankets/quilts.  An annual goal is to provide $240 for the surgery for one child. 


        Watch GFWC Partnership videos about Heifer International, Operation Smile, Shot at Life and the UN Fund for UNICEF.      

         


Arts 


GFWC's commitment to the arts dates back to 1894 when a literature committee was established. The Committee rapidly grew to encompass programs focusing on arts & music. Club-women became well known for their support of the arts and are credited with helping to establish the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  A goal is to encourage youth and elder art projects and art shows.  Members are encouraged and given the opportunity to expand their creative talents and to compete in local, state, and national arts and crafts events.


                    GFWC Florida has partnered with VSA (Very Special Artists) Florida .  VSA Florida provides meaningful learning experiences that increase artistic skills, foster creativity, promote social skills, and provide new ways of communication.  Each year, VSA Florida provides direct services to all 67 counties in Florida and serves over 60,000 individuals with disabilities, as we endeavor to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.   



Public Issues

The Public Issues Committee is an outgrowth of the American Citizenship Department established in 1920. At that time club-women were working toward the elimination of racial and religious discrimination. Since 1950, club-women have addressed such issues as health care for veterans, the eight hour work-day, and child labor laws. Members are concerned about crime, safety and voter awareness. Today members are concerned about crime, quality education, and home, highway, and community safety.   First responders are honored with lunch on the Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11).  Our club has held a Candidates Forum two weeks before each election since 2000.  We feel it is important that our citizens have access to the candidates and issues that involve our community.  We support Hacienda Girls' Ranch, the Military Support Group of Alachua County, and Wreaths Across America.  

        

        GFWC Partnerships include the Kittering Foundation "Bridging & Banding Program", Sew Much Comfort, and the USO.

      


Education 


In the early 1900's club women supported legislation to improve school conditions and create compulsory attendance laws. In 1904 they helped establish the U.S. Dept. of Education. GFWC is credited with establishing 75% of the public libraries and developing kindergartens in public schools. GFWC is also active in both literacy programs and Learning Disabilities programs. They also sponsor ESO chapters to promote a commitment to lifelong learning and self-improvement. We support the GFWC Partnership with the  Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY).  Our Club has adopted the High Springs Community School and provide mentors, tutors, school supplies for teachers, and books for the elementary school library.


        Watch a video from GFWC's partner HOBY.  



Home Life 

Over the years Club-women fought for legislation protecting the rights of mothers and children, informed communities of public health issues and advocated the passage of the earliest Food and Drug Administration   In keeping with history, this committee educates members as to women's health related issues through support of local and national programs such as Relay for Life, Easter Seals, and the Ronald McDonald House.  The committee offers the opportunity for members to assist nursing homes and to assist local Social Services by donating food, participating in the Holiday Angel Program, and purchasing blankets for the homeless.  Financial issues such as securing personal identity and making wise choices for charitable donations are also a focus. 

        Watch the videos from the GFWC Partnerships:  Easter Seals and Canine Companions.    GFWC also partners with Inside Knowledge and The Heart Truth.

  


Fundraising 

The Fundraising Standing Committee makes reports to the Club on recommendations of ideas for fundraisers to support our community projects and to maintain our Clubhouse (which is almost 90 years old).  Events include Bake Sales, Citywide Yard Sales, Fashion Shows, Italian Nights, Grimy Gulch Saloon for Pioneer Days, Fall Festival Craft Fair  and Holiday Expo.  The committee supports the Chamber of Commerce events like the City Tree Lighting and the City Christmas Parade.  We also join other organizations, like Rotary, Lions' Club and Garden Club in support their events. 


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This organization has applied for non-exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code.             


GFWC Signature Project:  Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness:  

The GFWC Signature Project Standing Committee seeks to make the community more aware of Domestic Violence within our community and identify ways in which the Club can help local Shelters and educate the public.  The Project covers not only Domestic Violence, but also Child Abuse and Elder Abuse issues.  It addresses Teen Dating Violence and related issues. Each April, we plant a pinwheel garden in honor of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. This Committee hosts the October meeting which is also National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  

    March 2017:  Members will be selling Pinwheels for  Prevention with proceeds going to programs dealing with Child Abuse and other projects the Club Supports.  The Pinwheels will be displayed around town during April which is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

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                                            GFWC partners with Prevent Child Abuse America


GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship  As a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence, GFWC will award $2,500 to help survivors of intimate partner violence obtain a post-secondary education through the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship. The scholarship deadline is January 31 of each year. Promoting the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship is a key component to helping us change lives, and we can’t do it alone. Spread the word.  Visit www.GFWC.org/Scholarship to download the press release and other marketing materials. For more information contact the GFWC Programs Department at 202-347-3168 or Programs@GFWC.org.



GFWC  Junior's Partnership Program:  The Club also supports the partnership programs for the Junior Clubs, which  are March of Dimes  and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.





Epsilon Sigma Omicron/ESO PinEPSILON SIGMA OMICRON ESO


ESO, unlike other GFWC programs, exists specifically for the benefit of Club members. Members who participate in reading groups are able to experience new intellectual discussions on a variety of books and gain knowledge about life, love of family, politics, the world around them and may other topics.  Reading is, of course, the main responsibility of an ESO member.  There are both daytime and nighttime groups. If you are unable come to a meeting, you can report what you read at home.



The Clubhouse was originally built in 1925 and dedicated 
in 1932 when the mortgage was paid in full and burned.



                                                                                            

Our goals are to continue the legacy of good works that began in 1899.