Mary Lou Dempsey
The GFWC Home Life Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities 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; identify theft prevention; supporting service dog programs; people with disabilities; healthy lifestyles; and childcare.
• Learn the basic facts about gynecologic cancer, including risk factors and screening options.
• Assess and quantify specific needs of local citizens
• Research problems in your community that are largely unaddressed, and identify those who are underserved.
• Plan programs on women’s heart health.
• Organize or participate in health fairs and forums.
• Create a resource list of local women’s clinics and health centers and distribute it at shelters, places of worship, and libraries.
• Promote healthy self-esteem and self-worth.
• Incorporate fitness activities into your club activities, including walking or yoga.
• Organize financial workshops for women, retirees, single parents, and/or college students.
• Promote correct information through the Center for Disease Control at www.CDC.gov.
• Work with local food banks and homeless shelters to provide needed donations, stock shelves, and other volunteer services.
• Partner with a local nursing home or mental health facility to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and disabled.
• Learn about heart health and share this information with others.
• Start an exercise group in your club, then initiate a weight loss challenge in your club and keep track of pounds lost.
• Work with local agencies that provide supportive services to the homeless and mentally challenged by volunteering at fundraisers and local events.
• Organize clothing drives.
Source: The 2012-2014 GFWC Club Manual