Heritage League held two jewelry auctions to help provide clean water for children in Haiti.
The Heritage League raised over $750 to help provide clean water for children in Haiti. The money was donated to "Water is Life," an organization that provide small, portable filtration straws that hang around a child's neck guaranteeing them clean drinking water for a year.
Each straw has three filtration systems. A membrane filter filters particles, membranes and molecules. Iodine crystals eliminate diseases. A charcoal filter removes bad tastes and provides clean, safe water. The straw cleanses impure water no matter how unsanitary it may be.
Each year 1.8 million people will die due to waterborne disease. The majority of them are children.
The club held two jewelry auctions in April and May to raise the money. The jewelry was donated by club members.
The Heritage League is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the oldest and largest women's volunteer organization in the country.
Our natural resources are among our most precious treasures. 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. Incorporate any and all of these topics into your conservation plans:
• 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
• Investigate and support local conservation ordinances and policies. Share this information with others in your community.
• Learn about local programs available for member and club participation.
• Educate young people about the importance of natural resources.
• Invite local experts to speak at club meetings.
• Write op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and press releases about important conservation issues in your community and submit them to your local media.
• Advocate for improved recycling and conservation programs.
• Plant native species for beautification and restoration of land and waterways.
• Clean up along roadways, waterways, and trails.
• Implement beautification projects at parks, cemeteries, hospitals, shelters, and other community gathering places.
• Donate funds for reforestation plans and get involved with tree planting programs.
• Work to eradicate non-native invasive species.
• Organize curbside recycling programs if none exist.
• Create hazardous product disposal and/or recycling programs for household items such as paint, batteries, electronics, and fluorescent light bulbs.
• Work with local officials and organizations to create proper depositories for unused medicine and needles.
• Preserve natural habitats to protect wildlife.
• Implement energy conservation practices in your clubhouse, home, office, and public buildings.
• Provide local shelters and sanctuaries needed items for animal rehabilitation and well being.
• Create community gardens to promote self sufficiency.
Source: The 2012-2014 GFWC Club Manual