GFWC is one of the largest and oldest women's
volunteer service organizations. The membership supports the arts and
preservation of natural resources, promotes education, encourages healthy
lifestyles, stresses civic involvement, and works toward world peace.
Massachusetts is a part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
Since it was founded in
1890, the General Federation of Women's Clubs has been a unifying
force, bringing together local women's clubs from around the country
and throughout the world. Although there is considerable diversity in
the ages, interests, and experiences of GFWC clubwomen, all are united
by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.
during GFWC's first century include: establishing 75 percent of the
country's public libraries, developing kindergartens in the public
schools, and working for food and drug regulation.
its second century, the Federation has pledged to maintain its
commitment to working for a better world. With "Unity in Diversity" as
its motto and a strong umbrella of programs that clubs may adapt to
suit the needs of their communities, GFWC encourages the flexibility
that has enabled it to expand its reach in a rapidly changing society.
GFWC of Massachusetts
has it's headquarters in Sudbury, MA where many of the organizations
meetings take place.