JUNIORS' SPECIAL PROJECT: ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN
GFWC Juniors’ Special Program: Advocates for Children is designed to encourage all Women’s, Junior, Juniorette, and International Affiliate clubs to make a difference in our world by becoming advocates for children. Members may choose to organize projects that benefit children in their community, state, or the world.
"CHILDREN ARE THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE AND ITS BEST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE." – John F. Kennedy
While project ideas are numerous, clubs are encouraged to educate themselves regarding current issues facing our children:
- Child Abuse
- Health issues
- Teen dating violence
- Childhood obesity
- Texting while driving
- Depression and suicide
- Foster care and adoption
- Limits on screen time
- Childhood safety issues
GFWC ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN WEEK
Sunday, October 21 - Saturday, October 27, 2018
Sunday October 20 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
To raise awareness for GFWC’s child advocacy efforts, GFWC has declared the fourth week in October as GFWC Advocates for Children Week. All GFWC Women’s, Junior, and Juniorette clubs are invited to participate by planning events related to the Juniors’ Special Program. Try a new project or a previously successful one. It’s up to you! Consider your club’s interests and community needs.
GFWC partners with, among others, the March of Dimes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Mask Straps for St. Jude’s patients
Mask Straps for St. Jude Patients Do you have seamstresses in your club? Consider meeting to assemble bags with materials to make mask straps for the children at St. Jude and having seamstresses taking the bags home to complete the project with their personal sewing machines. Mask straps are used to improve the comfort level for patients required to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection or protect our patients from infection. These mask straps replace the elastic band that comes standard on the mask. Patients report the flannel and fleece material feel much better against their cheek and causes far less rubbing than the original elastic band.
Patterns and specific information for this project can be found here.
Waiting Room Fun Bags
Fill a sealed zippered plastic bag with fun things a child or teen can do as they wait to visit the doctor. Make bags age-specific but generic enough for a boy or a girl. Include things such as: crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, coloring books, and stickers.
Items may be sent to:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
Attention Vilma Carnahan and Volunteer Services
595 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105
You may also visit www.stjude.org/volathome, to find great activity ideas for your club to connect to the St. Jude mission.
Please keep me informed of any projects your club undertakes under Advocates for Children. I can be reached by phone, email, or snail mail as listed above.
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. They carry out this mission through research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies’ lives. They help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, and if something goes wrong, they offer information and comfort to families.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Everything the organization does is centered on finding cures and saving children. And families never receive a bill from St. Jude.
St. Jude continues the vision of its founder, Danny Thomas, that no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. By sharing our knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and, as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago.
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