Civic Engagement and Outreach

The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program reminds members that each of us is a part of a larger society and is responsible for undertaking actions that will create a better quality of life and foster a sense of community; locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The four “broad strokes” of this effort include: Citizenship; Crime Prevention, Safety, and Disaster Preparedness; the Needy, Hungry, and Homeless; and Our Military Personnel and Veterans.

There are many resources available to support civic engagement and outreach. Suggested project ideas include:

  • Educating club members and local communities on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and voting.
  • Promoting projects that address crime prevention, safety, and disaster preparedness.
  • Organizing projects to assist the needy, hungry, and homeless by donating food and necessities at a local food panty or other support organization.
  • Work with the VA to determine which active duty military personnel or veterans to determine who needs household supplies, furniture, or other assistance.
  • Take an active role in the election process.
  • Participate in the legislative process by encouraging qualified women to seek office.
  • Support and thank local Police and Fire Departments for keeping the community safe.
  • Encourage schools to engage future voters with innovative programs on elections.
  • Volunteer to work on a much needed housing project with Habitat for Humanity in your local community.
  • Support our military personnel through organizations like USO, American Legion and Fisher House.

 

HISTORY

1945 – A total of 24 fighter planes and bombers were bought by selling war bonds. NC clubwomen sold over 12M in war bonds and purchased the hospital ship, Larkspur.
1954 – GFWC began Community Improvement Program and offered $60,000 in prizes.
1963 – The Federation Drive for Seatbelts won the Governor’s Outstanding Service Award in the field of Traffic Accident Prevention.
1999 – Supported Special Olympics World Games held in Raleigh.

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