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: 1) Citizenship; 2) Crime Prevention, Safety, and Disaster Preparedness; 3) The Needy, Hungry, and Homeless; and 4) Our Military Personnel and Veterans. Here are resources and project ideas to support civic engagement and outreach.
- Educating club members and your local community on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and voting.
- Advocate for civics education in schools, ensuring students acquire an understanding of government.
- 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 pantry 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.
- Support and thank local Police and Fire Departments for keeping the community safe. Deliver snacks, cards, or a meal to thank them for their service.
- Contribute to Wreaths Across America by sponsoring wreaths or volunteering at Veteran Cemeteries to place or remove wreaths.
- 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.
1945 – A total of 24 fighter planes and bombers were bought by selling war bonds. NC club women sold over 12 million 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 Seat Belts won the Governor’s Outstanding Service Award in the field of Traffic Accident Prevention.
1999 – Supported Special Olympics World Games held in Raleigh.