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.
• Soil Conservation
• Noxious Weeds
• Air and Water Quality
• Waste Handling
• Natural Resource Restoration
• Land Maintenance
• Tree Planting
• 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.
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.
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
• 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.
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.
• Educate club members and local communities on needs of
• Advocate for legislation that supports active and veteran
military personnel and their families
• Support military personnel and veterans returning to
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
• 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.