EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Kathryn E. Long, Collaboration / Partnership Chairman
1438 Windy Hill Road - Curwensville - PA - 16833
What do you think of when you hear "Education?" Don't we all think school days from primary to college degree?
This chairman would like to think:
POTOURRI: A MIXTURE OF MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS
RELATED TO EDUCATION!
This Chairman would like to see all Clubs, Counties, and Districts concentrate their efforts on their local libraries.
Yes, you can even assist in your local school library since schools are taking a reduction in funding. We all have
them and hopefully patronize them. With the cuts in funding for libraries, we can AGAIN come to the forefront
of helping our local communities. Each district is unique in the ways we assist, but I would love to hear
in your reports at the end of the year that we have put our money, time and efforts
where our mouths are heard the loudest, in OUR TOWNS.
Fundraising can be specific for your project and can include: Book sales of donated to your club or
library for that purpose; bake sales to the public, which always seem popular in our area; hobby or
craft night at the library with free admission just to let people wander through; movie night at the library
and sell popcorn and water to cover the cost of the movie; sponsor a talent night in conjunction with
a local night spot or school to which you can charge admission; sponsor a dance for the benefit of the
library; and chance off tickets to some local area event (hopefully, someone has tickets they will not be
able to use on a particular date - in our area Penn State Football tickets are a sure winner). These are just
some tried and true ideas that clubs have used for fundraising. I'm sure in your area there are many more
that work for you. Remember what works in one place may be a bust in others.
Reports should be made on all projects to Kathryn Long, chairman. If an idea doesn't work, let her know
so if someone asks, the problems you encounter ca be passed on so they may not be a problem to another District.
RESOURCES AND DATES TO HELP SPUR YOUR IDEAS ON OR TO CREATE NEW IDEAS:
EPSILON SIGMA OMICRON is an international program to promote a commitment to lifelong
learning and self-improvement through reading. It is intended to offer a path to self-enrichment
and personal growth for members. Contact Kathryn Long, chairman or go online to
www.GFWC.org/ESO to learn more and get the "official" reading list to get started.
Celebrate library card sing-up month in SEPTEMBER. Encourage community members to
apply for and use library cards. Most libraries offer books for various age groups, DVDs,
video cassettes, books on tape, and have access through the American Library Association:
www.ALA.org to many services that enhance learning and public access to information.
OCTOBER is National Book Month
NOVEMBER 1 is National Author's Day
NOVEMBER 14 - 20, 2010 is American Education Week
FEBRUARY is Library Lovers Month
MARCH 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday
APRIL 12 is Drop Everything and Read Day
April 10 - 16, 2011 is National Library Week
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION - "READ ACROSS AMERICA'
The NEA serves as the voice of education professionals by uniting their members and the nation
to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent
world. NEA's "READ ACROSS AMERICA" is an annual reading motivation and
awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2 ,
the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. "READ ACROSS AMERICA" provides
members, parents, caregivers and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading
on the calendar 365 days a year. You can also donate to replenish public school libraries.
Collaboration / Partnership Chairman
4348 Wendy Way - Schwenksville, PA 19473
CHILDHOOD OBESITY - AN EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES.
Today, more than 12.5 million children age 2 to 19 are overweight. Doctors and scientist are concerned about
the rise of obesity in children and youth because obesity may lead to the following health problems:
Michele Obama has decided to try to solve this problem with the LET'S MOVE campaign. The object is to
attempt to solve the problem of Childhood obesity in a generation, so that children born today can reach
adulthood at a healthy weight. Teaching children that healthy eating and physical activity at a young
age is necessary to help prevent overweight and obesity in this country. Together we can make
a difference. What can be done to aid in this cause:
We need doctors, health care workers, the government, educators, agriculture, industry and the
media to take action if we are to address all the factors that contribute to obesity. BUT - we are the ones
sitting around; the ones permitting our children to lead sedentary lives; the ones allowing our children to
eat "junk" foods/ fast foods; we are the ones whose words - clear, authoritative,
personalized - can have the most impact.
A HEALTHY FUTURE SHOULD BE OUR FIFT TO OUR CHILDREN.
INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
The 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.
As recently as fifty years ago, it could take days and weeks before information was received concerning global
issues. Today, because of modern communication technology and global economics, we learn about these
situations as they are occurring. What affects those around the world affects us all.
o Almost half the world; over three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day.
o According to UNICEF, 24,000 children die each day due to poverty.
o Infectious diseases continue to blight the lives of the poor across the world. An estimated 40 million
people are living with HIV/AIDS, with three million deaths in 2004. Every year there are 350-500
million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities.
o Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack
The GFWC International Outreach Community Service Program allows clubs to reach beyond their own
communities through education and global awareness. We do this in several ways.
Via international cultural exchanges, GFWC clubwomen promote programs on world peace and
understanding. Several organizations can assist members in hosting a visiting foreign student or adult, or by
inviting an international visitor to speak at a club meeting. Or, travel to and/or volunteer in developing
countries to gain a better appreciation for the challenges women, children, and families face. By reaching out
to individuals from other countries and cultures, we increase our understanding of people from other
countries and cultures, while simultaneously promoting a better understanding of Americans.
By educating members and their communities about international programs that concern women and
children, and supporting GFWC's presence as a UN Non-Governmental Organization Observer, GFWC can
impact international human rights policy.
Lastly, we work to provide GFWC clubwomen with direct service opportunities for persons in developing
countries, with a particular focus on women and children. Through our program partners, we help improve
basic education, prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases, increase access to clean water and sanitation,
expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.
Although the GFWC members, in most cases, cannot physically be present to assist and make changes in
countries around the world, our members can be assured that the donations made through our partnership
agencies are reaching those in the greatest need.
PROGRAM GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The goal for the International Outreach Community Service Program is listed below in order to assist you in
measuring project success and positive change in your communities. The listed objectives further outline how
we can build projects that support this goal.
GFWC clubwomen are informed and
engaged better world citizens within the
Objective 1. To increase GFWC members knowledge
and awareness of human rights global issues.
Objective 2. To impact international human rights
policy by the end of the 2010-2012 administration.
Objective 3. To create opportunities for GFWC
clubwomen to provide direct service opportunities
for women and children around the world.
CALL TO ACTION
We have outlined ideas to help you in attaining the goal and objectives that have been set forth for the GFWC
International Outreach Community Service Program, including ways to educate yourself, inform others, and
Select books from a recommended reading list on Countries and People Groups from around the
world, and organize a book discussion about the selected books.
Research information about a particular country and share information with club members and in
World Food Day is a worldwide effort to increase awareness and understanding, and encourage year-
round action to alleviate hunger. Research issues pertaining to world hunger, including internal
politics, agricultural issues, and education.
Investigate whether your community has a sister city in another country with which you could
Hold discussion groups on an international news story.
Become knowledgeable about one of the GFWC International Outreach Partnerships and inform other
local service groups on the value of this project.
Work with local schools to support GFWC International Outreach Partnerships.
Create a display in the local library highlighting a GFWC International Outreach Partnership.
Work with local schools and network with other groups to raise awareness and funds.
Sponsor a series of programs for youth or school groups on various cultures around the world with
speakers, exhibits, and interactive projects for the attendees.
Observe World Food Day on October 16 of each year.
Sponsor a fundraiser to raise awareness among members about food consumption in other countries.
Share information with other service organizations in your community about the GFWC International
Outreach Program. Work together on supporting a particular cause.
Initiate a yearly cultural or ethnic festival at your clubâs meetings or in your community. Invite
members and representatives from local cultural or ethnic groups to share information about travels
abroad or traditions from various backgrounds.
Select a GFWC International Outreach Program project or projects to promote to members and
commit to a financial goal that your members would strive to achieve.
Become a monthly sponsor of a child or woman via one of our GFWC International Outreach Partners.
Consider hosting a GFWC member from an international affiliate for a visit before or after a GFWC
Annual International Convention.
Sponsor or host parties, activities, or events for groups of exchange students in your area, and invite
them to speak at a club meeting.
Plan projects and events around days, weeks, and months of celebration and commemoration in the GFWC
International Outreach Community Service Program.
The objective of the collaborations area is to give clubs the opportunity to use their own creative skills to
develop programs and projects based on their club's interests in international outreach. Whether it is
advocating for the end of human trafficking or giving a person in another country the skills, tools, or resources
to change their own lives, this is the individual club's opportunity to research, plan, and implement those
projects. This section is where the individual club will report all the projects that are not specifically related to
our signed program partners.
In the GFWC International Outreach Collaborations Programs, GFWC clubs will:
o Research, plan, and implement projects, programs, and advocacy based on its interests and the needs
that the club members see and feel are important. This is the club membersâ opportunity to think out
of the box and do it their way.
o Report. It is imperative that clubs report the projects that they have developed so we as an
organization can better see where our members' interests lie, and so those statistics can be used in
working with and recruiting new GFWC Partners, grants, and advocacy opportunities.
o Reporting is also important so that we can highlight and share your club's creativity and interests with
our membership so they can also be inspired to either implement a similar project or use it for
inspiration for their own.
Explore examples of what your fellow GFWC clubs have done around the country to implement projects
related to international outreach in their own communities. For more information about any of the following
GFWC club projects, please contact the GFWC International Outreach Collaboration Chairman or GFWC
Programs Director at GFWC@GFWC.org.
If you have a successful project that you would like to share with GFWC and your fellow members, please
contact the GFWC International Outreach Collaboration Chairman or GFWC Programs Director at
GFWC Las Noches Woman's Club (Arizona) provided much needed supplies and monetary support to a
clinic in Mexico where Dr. Kent Allen provides medical services to underprivileged men, women, and children.
Dr. Allen was a featured speaker at a club meeting where the women assembled and donated 50 hygiene bags
to aid in his cause to give adequate medical services to the clinic patients in Mexico. In addition to this
donation, a member of Las Noches Woman's Club went above and beyond by volunteering to travel to the
clinic once a month and donate interpreter services to the doctors who are working in the triage unit.
GFWC Lagniappe Woman's Club (Louisiana) donated $100 for solar cookers to aid women refugees
who were forced to flee Darfur, Sudan. The Lagniappe Woman's Club worked to ensure these female refugees
were able to use solar cookers to sterilize water allowing them to avoid venturing out for firewood where they
are vulnerable to attack and rape in the war-torn area of Darfur.
United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
World Day for Water
World TB Day
World Health Day
World Press Freedom Day
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
World Environment Day
World Refugee Day
International Youth Day
International Literacy Day
International Day of Peace
International Day of Older Persons
World Food Day
Universal Childrenâs Day
World AIDS Day
Human Rights Day
GFWC Aiken Woma's Club (South Carolina) found a special place in their heart for the plight of
human trafficking victims. In Nepal, girls from poor families are often sold into slavery and exploited by those
who are meant to protect them. The club women donated $100 in order to buy a young girl out of slavery and
give her the life of freedom she deserves.
GFWC Erwin Monday Club (Tennessee) wanted to do something different for their district meeting. The
members used an Asian theme and traditional Asian colors and carried it throughout the meeting decorations
and meal. Members took a basic Asian border and created table decorations that ran down the center of the
tables on moss creating a wall, and this border was also used on the name tags and programs. They created
Asian-inspired flower arrangements, which were dispersed throughout the room and completed the
decorations with kimonos and various Asian objects members had collected through their travels. The meal
was catered by a local Chinese restaurant, which added the final touch.
GFWC Ossoli Circle (Tennessee) participated in Pennies for Peace in order to raise money to build
schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They were inspired by speaker, Dr. Gregg Mortenson, who
numerous members traveled to hear him speak on the need for schools for young girls. The club created a
large container to be kept at the clubhouse where they collected pennies to send to the Asia Institute in
Montana. The members also purchased two of Dr. Mortenson's childrens books to give to the schools they
have adopted. The club shares Dr. Mortenson's belief that education for young women all over the world is a
priority and should be emphasized in all countries.
The GFWC Woman's Club of Smithfield (Virginia) was touched by a local man's story of the need in
Africa. Magambo MeKango was a refugee from Congo and was able to give back to his local village with the
help of The GFWC Woman's Club of Smithfield. They donated almost all of the clothing left over from their
annual flea market to the men, women, and children of this village. In total, approximately 100 pieces of
clothing were sent to the Congo.
GFWC Lewisburg Women's Club (West Virginia) provided school supplies for children who were
staying at the Family Refugee Center in Lewisburg and the Child youth Advocacy Center in order to start the
2009-2010 school year.
GFWC Partners are organizations that operate at the national or international level and offer unique and
customized services such as project materials, speakers, kits, and/or additional information specifically
designed for GFWC clubs to enhance the effectiveness of the Community Service Programs and Special
Projects within their communities. These GFWC Partners are aware of GFWC clubs' specific needs and
These GFWC Partners will assist in monitoring the donations generated by GFWC members. To ensure that
your donation, whether at the individual, club, district, or state level, is included in the GFWC total, please
make sure to:
1. Write on your check that you are a GFWC member or club.
2. Submit your check to the GFWC Partner contact listed in the GFWC Club Manual, even if it has a local
or state representative.
3. Notify GFWC of your donation by calling or e-mailing the GFWC Programs Director at 202-347-3168
If you have any questions regarding donations to GFWC Partner level partners, please contact GFWC
International Outreach Community Service Program Partnership Chairman or GFWC Programs Director at
CARE | www.CARE.org
151 Ellis Street NE | Atlanta, GA 30303-2440
E: Groups@CARE.org | P: 404-979-9544 | F: 404-589-2654
Contact: Helen Robinson, Marketing Alliance Manager | P: 404-979-9476 | F: 404-589-2651
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Recognizing that women and girls suffer
disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on empowering them to create permanent
social change. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, expand
economic opportunity, increase access to health services and protect natural resources in over sixty countries
around the world.
GFWC is partnering with CARE to make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. The
following are a few suggestions for how your club can get involved today.
o Learn more. Show the I Am Powerful Action Kit DVD, a collection of short videos about CARE's work,
at your next meeting. Spark a discussion about how your club can support women and girls'
empowerment around the world.
o Engage your group. Order a copy of the film, A Powerful Noise, at www.CARE.org/APowerfulNoise
and host a movie night with your club. This award-winning documentary features three extraordinary
women, in Vietnam, Bosnia, and Mali, all striving to win victories over poverty in their communities.
After you watch the film, use the discussion guide to keep the conversation going and plan to take
o Volunteer. Plan to celebrate International Women's Day in a creative and inspiring way with CARE
each March. Stay tuned for more information!
o Speak out. Encourage your members to visit www.Can.CARE.org and sign up for the CARE Action
Network. You will receive e-mail updates about policy issues that affect global poverty and
opportunities to contact your members of Congress in support of legislation affecting women and girls
around the world.
o Donate. Raise funds to support CARE's programs to empower women and girls in the fight against
global poverty. Help us ensure that GFWC receives proper credit for your donation by including your
club name on checks and sending them to the attention of the CARE representative (information
above). If you donate online, please send an email notifying GFWC and CARE of your club name and
the amount to Groups@CARE.org and Programs@GFWC.org.
o Stay connected. Contact Helen with questions, for more information, and to share updates on your
club's plans to get involved.
Heifer Project International | www.Heifer.org
1 World Avenue | Little Rock, AR 72202
P: 501-907-4949 | Toll Free: 800-422-0474
Contact: Patricia A. Keay, National Community Volunteer Manager | 216 Wachusett Street | Rutland, MA
01543 | E: Pat.Keay@Heifer.org | P: 508-886-5046 | F: 508-886-6729
GFWC will partner with Heifer International to educate club members about hunger and poverty and caring
for the earth. For more than 65 years, Heifer International has provided gifts of livestock and environmentally
sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and
income. Since 1944, Heifer has helped 12 million families62 million men, women and childrenthrough
training in livestock development and livestock gifts that multiply.
o Heifer International will provide educational resources for individual clubs and, where available,
Heifer-trained speakers to speak to clubs across the USA.
o Heifer International will recognize all gifts given by GFWC clubs.
o April is Pass on the Gift Month at Heifer, when a new Heifer DVD and program information is
o Order the GFWC/Heifer International brochure.
o Send all Contributions to: Heifer International | 1 World Avenue | Little Rock, AR 72202. Please use
o To request a Heifer volunteer speaker to come to your club or to order free Heifer International
resource materials contact 1-888-5HUNGER (548-6437) or e-mail: GFWC@Heifer.org.
Heifer Project International will present a special award annually to one state federation in each membership
category to recognize outstanding support of its projects. Award presentations will be made at the GFWC
Annual International Convention (June 2011 and June 2012).
INMED Partnerships for Children | www.INMED.org
20110 Ashbrook Place #260 | Ashburn, VA 20147
P: 703-729-4951 ext. 208
Around the world, INMED rescues children from immediate and irreversible harm caused by hunger, disease,
abuse, poverty, and poor education, and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next
generation. Working with community, business and government partners at all levels, INMED:
o Secures childrenâs health, development and safety
o Develops skills, knowledge and opportunities for children and youth
o Builds family and community capacity to support and sustain positive change
Together with INMED, GFWC members can:
o Save the lives of pregnant women and infants from Peru's remote jungle areas by joining a campaign
to build and equip maternity waiting homes near health facilities.
o Relieve hunger and improve health for children in Latin America, the Caribbean or South Africa by
leading fundraising campaigns to establish school gardens and clean water supplies.
o Instill a love of reading in children by "adopting" a school library in Brazil or Tobago.
o Share your commitment by hosting a house party to introduce club members and friends to INMED's
work (order a house party kit, including handouts and a DVD, online from INMED).
o Contribute your skills and connections as an ambassador to Global Partnerships for Children, a
worldwide coalition of caring individuals joining with socially responsible companies, agencies and
organizations to transform the future for a generation of children at risk.
o Support essential INMED programs with direct contributions.
Visit www.INMED.com for more ideas on partnering with INMED to improve the health, lives and
opportunities of women, children and families around the world.
Operation Smile International | www.OperationSmile.org
6435 Tidewater Drive | Norfolk, VA 23509
P: 757-321-7645 | F: 757-321-3202
Contact: Dory Morrison, Donor Relations Manager | E: DMorrison@OperationSmile.org | P: 757-321-7630 |
At Operation Smile, medical volunteers provide safe, effective, and free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery
for children born all over the world. It is an international medical humanitarian organization dedicated to
raising awareness of this life-threatening issue and providing lasting solutions that will allow children to be
healed, regardless of financial standing, well into the future. Operation Smile's free surgeries and medical
missions are made possible by the thousands of volunteers and donors, throughout the world, who generously
contribute time, talent and resources to our cause.
As a GFWC Partner, Operation Smile will continue to give children new smiles and new lives. Every child
healed creates a ripple effect on the child's family, community, and country. Since 1982, Operation Smile has
mobilized a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe.
Here is how GFWC and Operation Smile can work together to help a child smile:
o Order the Operation Smile GFWC Information Packet.
o Raise funds to support Operation Smile's programs to give a child a new smile and hope for a better
future. Help us ensure that GFWC receives proper credit for your donation by including your club
name on all checks, contact person, and address and sending them to the attention of Dory Morrison,
Donor Relations Manager, Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509. If you donate
online, please send an e-mail notifying GFWC and Operation Smile of your club name and the amount
to DMorrison@OperationSmile.org and Programs@GFWC.org.
o Sew and prepare Smile bags, Smile dolls, children's hospital gowns, blankets and quilts, and armbands
for children undergoing surgery. Collect needed items and supplies; needs lists are in the information
The Paula Cutler Awards will be presented to one state federation in each membership category to recognize
fundraising achievements for Operation Smile during the GFWC reporting year (January 1-December 31).
Operation Smile will track all donations, which must be clearly identified as being from a GFWC club or
GFWC state federation. Awards will be presented annually at the GFWC Annual International Convention
(June 2011 and June 2012).
Plan USA | www.PlanUSA.org
155 Plan Way | Warwick, RI 02886-1099
P: 401-737-5770 ext. 1337 or ext. 1215 | P: 800-556-7918 | F: 401-738-5608
Contacts: Gail Candora | E: Gail.Candora@PlanUSA.org or Janet Trombetti | E: Janet.Trombetti@PlanUSA.org
Plan USA is an organization committed to helping children, their families and communities in 48 developing
countries around the world. Established in 1937, Plan USA gives people and communities in the poorest
countries tools to help them effect real change improving life today and offering children a chance for a
o GFWC clubs can sponsor a child from their choice of 48 countries around the world. A club can
communicate with its sponsored child through letters and small gifts, creating an ongoing relationship
in which the whole club can be involved.
o Clubs can support the Global Women's Fund, a program that helps women in developing nations lift
themselves out of poverty through vocational training and micro-finance programs.
o Clubs can support Plan's Because I Am a Girl campaign, which assists in the fight against gender
inequality and promote girls' rights and lifts millions of girls out of poverty.
o Brochures and materials on each of these programs are available at no cost to clubs.
Plan USA will send a certificate of appreciation to each GFWC club that supports the Global Women's Fund or
the Because I Am A Girl campaign with a minimum donation of $100 (cumulative) each year for donations
received July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, and July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
A special award will be provided to one state federation in each membership category to recognize fundraising
achievements during the 2010-2012 Administration (July 1, 2010 to May 15, 2012; note that a minimum of
$10,000 must be donated by a state and/or its clubs to be considered for this award). These awards are
presented at the final GFWC Annual International Convention during the 2010-2012 Administration (June
Plan USA will track all donations, which must be clearly identified as being from a GFWC club or GFWC state
U.S. Fund for UNICEF | www.UNICEFUSA.org
125 Maiden Lane | New York, NY 10038
P: 212-922-2618 | F: 212-856-0614
Contact: Kate Weber, Director, NGOs | E: KWeber@UNICEFUSA.org
For over six decades, GFWC has supported UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, in its efforts to
ensure the world's most vulnerable children access to health, education, equality, and protection.
GFWC clubs are supporting several different UNICEF programs, which include the following:
o Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a longstanding program, in which kids across the country collect money
to help children of the world survive and grow. To order boxes, go to
o U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Tap Project is a national campaign that helps UNICEF provide clean drinking
water for millions of children around the world. Every year, during World Water Week, restaurants
across the United States encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy
for free. To learn more about Tap Project volunteer opportunities, visit www.TapProject.org.
o Inspired Gifts is an innovative program that gives you the opportunity to purchase actual life-saving
items, such as blankets, mosquito nets, therapeutic milk, and School-in-a-Box kits, which will be
shipped to one of over 150 countries where UNICEF serves. GFWC is focusing on purchasing mosquito
nets to help reduce deaths and illness from malaria. UNICEF is the largest procurer of mosquito nets
worldwide and is able to provide them at the most efficient cost. Please visit
www.InspiredGifts.UNICEFUSA.org for the most current pricing on the nets.
UNICEF will present a special award annually to six clubs in the nation to recognize outstanding support of its
projects. Award presentations will be made at the GFWC Annual International Convention (June 2011 and
UNICEF will present a special award annually to one state federation in each membership category to
recognize outstanding support of its projects. Award presentations will be made at the GFWC Annual
International Convention (June 2011 and June 2012).
United Nations Association of the United States of America | www.UNAUSA.org
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 610 | Washington, DC 20036
Contact: Jessica Hartl | E: JHartl@UNAUSA.org | P: 202-462-3446 | F: 202-462-3448
The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit membership organization
dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among
American people. Its educational and humanitarian campaigns' including teaching students in urban schools,
clearing minefields and providing school-based support for children in African communities that have been
hurt by HIV/AIDS allow people to have a strong influence at a local level.
Additional resources, including a listing of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, are
provided to assist you in researching and creating your projects.
U.S. Agency for International Development | www.USAID.gov
Created by executive order in 1961, USAID is the primary federal agency that provides U.S. foreign
assistance to improve the lives of the citizens of the developing world. By receiving overall foreign
policy guidance from the Secretary of State, it also works to further America's foreign policy interests
in expanding democracy and free markets worldwide.
U.S. Department of State | www.State.gov
The United States Department of State is the federal executive department responsible for
international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The
Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.
o Visit the State Department's Diplomacy Center. Created to welcome the American people and
visitors from around the world, you can learn more about American diplomacy, locate permanent
and traveling exhibits, and find information on diplomacy education programs.
o Traveling overseas? Before you go, get passport and visa information, health and safety
information, and other travel tips, www.State.gov/Travel.
American Field Service | www.AFS.org/USA
American Field Service is an international, nonprofit, volunteer student exchange organization that
provides opportunities for American students to travel abroad and for American families, including
single people, retired people, and families with or without children, to have an international
experience without leaving home by hosting a foreign student.
Doctors without Borders/MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSf) | www.DoctorsWithoutBorders.org
Doctors without Borders/MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res is an international medical humanitarian
organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by
violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
Global Volunteers | www.GlobalVolunteers.org
Encourage members to volunteer for one-, two-, or three-week experiences in countries around the
world. Hands-on work is based on local needs and includes activities like teaching English
conversational skills; nurturing at-risk children; promoting public health education and clinics; and
building and renovating classrooms, clinics, and community centers.
Save the Children | www.SaveTheChildren.org
Save the Children is a global, nonprofit child-assistance organization whose goal is to create lasting,
positive change in the lives of children in need. They work in more than 50 countries around the world
and in 14 U.S. states to help children and families improve their health, education, and economic
People to People International | www.PTPI.org
People to People was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to foster international peace
and understanding. U.S. student and adult ambassadors travel abroad for several weeks during the
summer on educational programs. Part of their experience includes a home stay.
Women for Women International | www.WomenForWomen.org
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with
the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby
promoting viable civil societies. We're changing the world one woman at a time.
Youth for Understanding USA | www.YFU-USA.org
YFU-USA is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting international affairs.
AWARDS, CONTESTS, AND GRANTS
GFWC Club Awards
A $50 award will be given annually to one club in the nation to recognize creativity in implementing an
effective International Outreach Community Service Collaboration Program. The award is based
on narrative reports. State chairmen should forward the winning state entries to the national GFWC
International Outreach Collaboration Chairmen by March 15 of each year.
A $50 award will be given annually to one club in the nation to recognize creativity in implementing an
effective International Outreach Community Service Partnership Program. The award is based on
narrative reports. State chairmen should forward the winning state entries to the national GFWC
International Outreach Program Partnership Chairmen by March 15 of each year.
Plan USA will send a certificate of appreciation to each GFWC club that supports the Global Womenâs
Fund or the Because I Am A Girl campaign with a minimum donation of $100 (cumulative) each year for
donations received July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, and July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
UNICEF will present a special award annually to six clubs in the nation to recognize outstanding support
of its projects. Award presentations will be made at the GFWC Annual International Convention (June
2011, and June 2012).
GFWC State Awards
GFWC awards will be presented annually to one state federation in each GFWC membership category to
recognize outstanding achievement in both the International Outreach Community Service
Collaboration Program and the International Outreach Community Service Partnership
Program. Award presentations will be made in honor of junior and general membership participation at the
GFWC Annual International Convention.
Heifer Project International
Heifer Project International will present a special award annually to one state federation in each
membership category to recognize outstanding support of its projects. Award presentations will be made
at the GFWC Annual International Convention (June 2011 and June 2012).
The Paula Cutler Awards | Sponsored by Operation Smile
The Paula Cutler Awards will be presented to one state federation in each membership category to
recognize fundraising achievements for Operation Smile during the GFWC reporting year (January 1-
December 31). Operation Smile will track all cash donations, which must be clearly identified as a GFWC
club or GFWC state federation donation. Awards will be presented at the GFWC Annual International
Convention (June 2011 and June 2012).
A special award will be provided to one state federation in each membership category to recognize
fundraising achievements during the 2010-2012 Administration (July 1, 2010 to May 15, 2012; note that a
minimum of $10,000 must be donated by a state and/or its clubs to be considered for this award). These
awards are presented at the final GFWC Annual International Convention during the 2010-2012
Administration (June 2012).
UNICEF will present a special award annually to one state federation in each membership category to
recognize outstanding support of its projects. Award presentations will be made at the GFWC Annual
International Convention (June 2011 and June 2012).
Please see the Contests section of the GFWC Club Manual.
There are no grants in the International Outreach Community Service Program area currently offered
through GFWC at this time. Please subscribe to GFWC's News & Notes at www.GFWC.org to receive
updated information regarding grants and other member benefits.
PUBLIC ISSUES COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
Cathleen M Wink, Collaboration/Partnership Chairman
1733 First Street, New Brighton PA 15066-1033
The purpose of the Public Issues Community Service Program is to educate yourself, inform others, and create
change using the following goals and objectives.
Goal 1 - Provide comfort and resources to members of the armed forces and their families.
Objective 1 - Develop creative participation in citizenship activities and involvement with our military
in all aspects of service to our freedoms and defense.
Objective 2 - Investigate ways to establish and promote legislation in support of veteran's issues.
Objective 3 - Promote recognition of military personnel and for transition to civilian life.
Goal 2 - Utilize our GFWC Resolutions to increase member patriotism and to become more involved
in community leadership roles.
Objective 1 - Encourage youth and women to take community leadership positions.
Objective 2 - Celebrate Patriotism.
Goal 3 - Create safer communities and overall well-being of all citizens.
Objective 1 - Partner with first responder agencies to increase public awareness.
Objective 2 - Educate our members on disaster awareness, preparedness, and recovery.
Objective 3 - Endorse home safety, internet safety, and hazardous product recall issues.
Objective 4 - Give families tools and training to protect children in and around vehicles.
Are programs and projects that clubs initiate independent of any GFWC relationship,
meeting the needs in their own communities. Under this program would be safety, citizenship and supporting veterans.
An example would be having a safety fair in your town to teach children safe bike riding, parents how to safely
install car seats, fireman showing the safe way to leave a burning building, and more.
If you have a veterans facility in your town, maybe start a "Bring your pet day". Have club members contact the
facility to see if they could bring animals to the hospital to brighten the day of a veteran.
Under citizenship - maybe you are the crafts person for vacation bible school. Have the children draw
something patriotic and hang it in the church for the weekend.
Check with local government, first responders, schools, and other organizations in you area to see what may be
needed and work with them to achieve your goal. You do not always have to reinvent the wheel!
Are programs and projects that a club caries out on behalf of the national or international level
organizations with whom GFWC has a formal relationship or partnership. These partners have developed
programs specially designed for GFWC clubs. Under this program would be safety, citizenship and supporting veterans.
Here is a list of some of the current partnership email addresses and phone numbers:
SEW MUCH COMFORT www.SewMuchComfort.org
NATIONAL DISASTER SEARCH DOG FOUNDATION www.SearchDogFoundation.org
COALITION AGAINST BIGGER TRUCKS, LLC www.cabt.org
Toll Free: 1.888.CABT123
NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL www.NSC.org
SAFE KIDS USA -- NATIONAL SAFE KIDS CAMPAIGN www.SafeKids.org
WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE FOR AMERICA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, INC. www.WomensMemorial.org
Toll Free: 800.222.2294
VETERANS AFFAIRS www.WomensMemorial.org
NATIONAL ANTHEM PROJECT www.TheNationalAnthemProject.org
Susan Lambert Outreach Manager, MENC 800.336.3768
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTARY SERVICE www.VAgov/volunteer
OPRAH'S NO TEXTING CAMPAIGN www.oprah.com
HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY www.NHTSA.DOT.gov/People
S.T.A.R. PROJECT www.safetykids.org
U.S. FIRE ADMINSTRATION www.USFA.FEMA.gov
THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM www.AmberAlert.gov/ToolKit.him
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION www.CDC.gov/SafeUSA
FEDERATION CITIZEN INFORMATION CENTER www.Pueblo.GSA.gov
US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE www.USDA.gov
BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA, INC. www.BlueStarMothers.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONOF TOWN WATCH www.NATW.org (National Night Out)
If you have any question or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. My information is at the top.
Pick a focus under each of the three issues - Citizenship, safety and veterans and work toward
your goal, involving other organizations and your club members.
JUNIORS' SPECIAL PROJECT: ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN
Maureen Oremus, Chairman
406 Bodle Road - Wyoming - Pennsylvania - 18644
570.33.4970 email: email@example.com
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN (EMSC)
The EMSC National Resource Center's goal is to help improve the pediatric emergency infrastructure throughout the
United States and its territories.
Additional sites of interest:
Their mission is to educate and prepare girls for a life time of self respect and healthy living.
Additional Sites of interest:
NATIONAL FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION
www.NFPAOnline.org phone: 253.683.4246
Goals: Support in the awareness in the community for the need for qualified, professional foster parents and support of and
participation in "Walk Me Home... To The Place I BElong", their signature fundraising and Awareness event.
Additional Sites of interest:
www.SpecialOlympics.org phone: 202.543.6330
Special Olympics is more than just sports, it is about using the power of sports to change attitudes, change
communities, and change the world.
Additional Sites of interest:
THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION
www.SkinCancer.org phone: 212.725.5176
The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and Medical profession about skin cancer,
its prevention by means of sun protection, and the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment.
Additional Sites of interest:
GFWC PENNSYLVANIA ARTS
Photograpy Contest Chairman
Jean P. Whitko
Writing Contest Chairman
Crafts Contest Chairman
The theme for the Arts this administration will be "Set your table with the Arts".
The Arts Community Service Program is divided into two areas of specialization ollaboration and Partnership.
Partners and Resources:
Look for more information on partners and resources will be in future Clubwoman articles.
District Arts Chairment:
76 Center Avenue
Plymouth, PA 1865-2231
82 Page Lane
Middleburg, PA 17842-8962
87 Brindle Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-9780
Ruth Ella Jaskol
200 John Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
All contests (exceptions listed below) to be completed by the following dates:
Club Deadlines: February 19, 2011 (February 21, 2012)
Literature Entries: One entry per club per category.
A Year in Pictures (Calendar Contest)
Contests at the State Level will be prejudged. District Chairmen are responsible for delivering the first place winners of
CONSERVATION COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Elizabeth V. (Ebby) Schirmer
1805 Ridge Road
Sellersville, PA 18960
1120 Fairhill Road
Sellersville, PA 18960
Emphasis in Conservation for General Federation of Women's Club Pennsylvania
The following areas are where GFWC will be focusing for 2010 - 2012.
We will be working primarily with Conservation and Recycling.
You've heard about Composting. It's taking a big pile of yard and kitchen waste, putting it in a container and turning it
over to produce Compost. You then mix the Compost into your garden. It is really great for conditioning your garden
soil and adding Organic material and nutrients. It is also really good for the environment, because otherwise all that
stuff would end up in a landfill. Composting is a sustainable practice that reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.
A compost tumbler is a barrel or other canister-shaped container that can be spun about its axis to aerate and
mix the composting materials. It also keeps the composting materials out of site. It is recommended using
two tumblers so that you always have compost ready for your garden. Tumblers can reduce the time it takes to
make finished compost from a full season to just a few weeks.
For more information see: http://kno.google.com/k/compost#
RAIN BARREL COLLECTION SYSTEM
With water so easily accessible, it is easy to feel complacent while watching news footage of sun parched lands.
But as we enter into the forth year of drought conditions, it has become harder and harder to ignore the
importance of water conservation. We need to explore alternate water sources. Since the beginning of recorded
time, mankind has been using collection systems to gather and store rain water for future use. The appearance
of the systems has changed, the basic elements that make them up has not changed. All you need is a wide
surface and a piping system to direct the water to the storage devise. Roofs and down spouts fulfill the first
two requirements and are at the disposal of every homeowner. It is setting up a proper water storage
container that takes the most time and thought. Trash cans are almost everyone's first choice. They are readily
available and take minimal effort and cost to be put into use. Scooping out the water as you
use it can take a little time and effort.
For people who want to capture and store as much rain water as they want there is another option. The first thing
that you need is a source of food quality 55 gallon barrels. Usually manufacturers of fruit and soft drink products
have these barrels available as they can only use them once. Manufacturers have to dispose of barrels as hazardous
waste as they are made of plastic. Don't skimp on the number of barrels you bring home. you will find out how
rewarding it is to conserve water and improve your garden at the same time. Whether you have adequate locations
for your barrels will affect how many barrels you can use.
For directions on making a Rain Barrel go to www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/adams/audrey/water_barrel.htm
CONSERVATION OF SODA TABS AND GREETING CARDS
We will be collecting soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Please be sure to report the weight of your tabs
to me, Ebby at 215.257.7695, prior to dropping them off at a Ronald McDonald House. If you do not have
one near you, bring them to your District Director and they will see that they are delivered to an
appropriate Ronald McDonald House or to me.
We will also be collecting the fronts of greeting cards, holiday cards and Christmas cards to be given to your local Nursing Homes.
RESOURCES TO BE USED
Gail Paserba, 47th President of GFWC Pennsylvania, has selected “Our Children Hold Our Future” (Children in Crisis)
The Goal is for GFWC Pennsylvania is to be an integral organization working actively to assure teens exiting
“Our Children Hold Our Future” Goals:
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA
The Board and Staff of Prevent Child Abuse America invite you to join them in taking part in a campaign that is fresh, fun, stylish
and productive in raising both awareness and funds. This program is nationwide, with Chicago as the hub. Throughout the year,
supporters across our nation will gather in homes, restaurants, clubs, campuses and places of worship to have fun and take
action for children. Main even components can include:
The House Party Weekend is an opportunity for thousands of people across the nation to ensure the healthy development of
children nationwide while recognizing that child development is an essential building block for community and economic
development - whoever and wherever we are.
HOW DOES IT WORK
It's fun, and as simple as you want it to be:
PCA America want to thank the General Federation of women's Clubs for their commitment to the work of
Prevent Child Abuse America and remind you that everyday can be a call to action and an opportunity to recognize
that we all play a role in children's lives, healthy child development and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. You can:
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTIONS®
Prevent Child Abuse America is implementing PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION®, a national campaign introducing the
pinwheel as the symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention in the United States. With more than 1.3 million
pinwheels distributed since April 2008, CPA America would like to invite the members of the General Federation of
Women's Clubs to help continue this growth. For example, members may consider:
The opportunities are endless. Watch for more information soon. In the meantime, to learn more about the campaign,
please visit www.pinwheelsforprevention.org or contact Matt Feldman,
Senior Director of Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevent Child Abuse America strives to have a chapter in every state. To accomplish this, we need General Federation
of Women's Clubs' members' assistance. Making local connections through the General Federation of Women's Clubs will
assist Prevent Child Abuse America in establishing a chapter in every state so that all children have an equal opportunity
for healthy growth and development. Ways members can assist include:
Currently, Prevent Child Abuse America is working to develop new chapters in AR, DC, NM, SD and WY, and we are
assisting new provisional chapters get started in CO, MT, MO, MS, OH and PA. To learn more, contact Barb Shaffer,
Senior Director of Chapter Services, email@example.com.