The GFWC Arts Community Service Program encourages members  to promote and support arts activities in all communities. It is  designed to inspire clubwomen. Create programs and projects that  include music, dance, drama, theatre, and other arts-related areas,  both traditional and innovative. The artistic experience can be  outward reaching or for inner satisfaction. There are countless ways to incorporate arts activities.


• Discover art, dance, and/or music courses available in your 

community and plan a club outing to participate in a class. 

• Research dancing, music, or creative arts as an art form and 

consider performing for your club or other groups.

• Visit local galleries, exhibits, music festivals, and dramatic events. 

• Volunteer as a docent at local historical landmarks, museums, galleries, or other venues.

• Promote local stage, screen, television, and video festivals in your area.

• Use an artistic event to raise funds to sponsor local community art and cultural programs. 

• Donate tickets for others to attend cultural events.

• Establish scholarships for students studying the arts such as literature, drama, or music.

• Establish awards for club and community members acknowledging their artistic achievements.

• Collect musical instruments to donate to school and local youth bands, orchestras and/or other music programs. 

• Establish and support artist-in residence programs and artist speakers.



The GFWC Conservation Community Service Program is designed  for members to gain an appreciation for our environment. Through  preservation, maintenance, and restoration of our natural resources, it  strives to educate members about the importance of beautifying our  communities; preserving, maintaining, and restoring natural resources;  and stimulating citizen action to address these concerns. Our natural  resources include, but are not limited to, water, trees, plants, air, land,  and wildlife.


• Recycling

• Soil Conservation

• Noxious Weeds

• Air and Water Quality

• Waste Handling

• Natural Resource Restoration

• Land Maintenance

• Tree Planting

• Beautification

• Wildlife Protection

• Proper Care for Domesticated Animals

• Food Sources

• Community Gardens

• Preserving existing waterways 


Education opens doors to a new life of opportunities for our  youth as well as those returning to school, whether it is in a degree  program or a self-improvement course. Aren’t we learning and  expanding our knowledge our whole life? Each time we pick up a book to  read, we are acquiring some insight into another step into the world of  knowledge and learning. This is one huge way we may eventually make a  difference in our lives, communities, and the world. 


With this thought in mind, our goal should be to assist in the goal to improve others through higher education. And, how  do we do that? Scholarships! The more scholarships we give, the more opportunities others have to make a meaningful  contribution to their communities. Education can assist in the goal to end poverty, attain a better job, improve their quality of  life and create a better world.


Examine the factors in your community that may affect literacy levels, such as:

• Existence of learning disabilities

• Prevalence of English as a second language

• Formal education terminated early

• Visual difficulties, or physical or mental conditions that inhibit learning.

• Educate your club and community on the local and national literacy levels. 

• Hold a “How to Use the Library” program for local students and English as a second language (ESL) and English as a  foreign language (EFL) students.

• Offer scholarships to local high school students.

• Host events at and in conjunction with your local library and/or literary council, including sponsoring a speaker or author, holding craft sessions, or planning read aloud experiences for children. 

• Celebrate library card sign-up month annually in September by encouraging community members to apply for library cards. 

• Identify and recruit qualified adults as potential tutors from among club members and the community at 

large. Pair them with tutor training opportunities in your community.

• Recruit tutors by distributing brochures at libraries, grocery stores, malls, athletic clubs, and other community locations. 

• Start a local book club for club members and community members. 

• Apply for a GFWC Focus on Literacy Grant to fund a literacy program in your community.

• Hold a fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the GFWC Disaster Relief—Library Replenishment Fund. 

Home Life

The GFWC Home Life Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families and communities s by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties. Program ideas are endless. Consider projects that address issues such as women’s health; theft prevention; service dog programs; 

people with disabilities; healthy lifestyles; and childcare.

International Outreach

The GFWC International Outreach Community Service Program  is designed to enable members to become better world citizens  through advocacy, education, and action, which will, in turn, affect  change in and for our global friends and their communities. In most cases, GFWC members cannot physically be present to  assist and make changes in countries around the world; however,  members can be assured that the donations made through our  partnership agencies are reaching those in the greatest need.  There are countless ways to support global development. 

Consider raising cultural awareness; celebrating ethnicities;  conducting fundraising activities to support healthy child  development; advocating for basic human needs such as food,  water, clothing, and education; and promoting self sufficiency.


• Help children all over the world by funding life-saving vaccines.

• Participate in international cultural exchanges.

• Educate your club and community about major issues and challenges 

facing people in developing countries. 

• Support the development of healthy and sustainable communities 

around the world.

• Ensure children have access to health, education, equality, and 


• Provide support and encourage growth and sustainability by donating 

gifts such as livestock to families in need. 

• Educate members about United Nations programs concerning women 

and children.

• Promote legislation in support of human rights around the world. 

• Provide members with direct service opportunities for persons in 

developing countries through our program partners.

• Helping to ensure that children and families have access to clean water 

by providing wells.

Public Issues

The GFWC Public Issues Community Service Program is designed  to actively connect members with effective projects and activities  relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on  the following areas: 


• Educate club members and local communities on the rights 

and responsibilities of citizenship.

• Use resources, including GFWC Resolutions, to increase 

patriotism, pride in heritage, and active community 


• Encourage active involvement in the legislation and 

regulation of issues that affect the world around you.

Military Personnel

• Educate club members and local communities on needs of 

military families

• Advocate for legislation that supports active and veteran 

military personnel and their families

• Support military personnel and veterans returning to 

community living

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

• Educate club members and local communities on disaster readiness, recovery, and relief

• Work with law enforcement agencies and first responders to increase public awareness

• Develop community programs and coalitions to address disaster recovery and relief

Safety and Crime Prevention

• Educate club members and local communities on home, transportation (including bicycles, rail, and air) and 

internet safety

• Provide programs, tools, and training

• Create safer homes and communities through crime prevention awareness

Public Relations & Publicity

Promoting our organization through creative marketing and public relations is stressed.

The GFWC Publicity Book Contest will continue. There are also two additonal GFWC contests for the Website and the Newsletter. Both will have GFWC monetary prizes and will feature club and state awards from GFWC.

Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,  is another way to promote your club. Utilize these tools so the club will benefit.

GFWC Signature Project

Improve the lives of domestic violence survivors around the country by making an investment in their future with a donation to the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Fund. (Download the donation form:  PDF). Monies from the fund will allow GFWC to award intimate partner survivors with scholarships annually, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.


The GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship was created through GFWC’s commitment to our Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, to change the lives of survivors as they take the next step in reshaping their future in a positive way through higher education. For nearly half a century, GFWC has fought to eliminate domestic violence, and the establishment of the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Fund is one way GFWC will move towards achieving that goal.


The GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Fund is fully supported by donations from GFWC members, partners, and friends.

GFWC Florida President's Project 2016-2018
Hacienda is our President's Project as chosen by Mary Powell. 

The Ranch serves as…
• A foster care group home and emergency shelter for up to 14 females ages 12-17.
• A transitional home for up to 8 single females ages 18-23.

The Hacienda Girls Ranch thrives today, more than 45 years later, with the continued support of GFWC Florida, and it remains the only statewide project for GFWC Florida.

Our Club Programs

Contact Us:

or email our President:

Arely Ruiz

Call: 305-632-5996

Find us: 

1001 & 1009 East Ponce de Leon Boulevard 

Coral Gables, FL  33134

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