The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages us to be stewards of the earth: 1) Preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, 2) Live sustainably, and 3) Beautify our communities and enjoy nature. The environment is everything that makes up our surroundings and affects our ability to live on the earth—the air we breathe, the water that covers most of its surface, all flora and fauna, and the soil, minerals, and fossil fuels that exist within its crust. The environment continually changes through natural ecological processes and as a result of human actions. We strive to educate members about the importance of beautifying, maintaining and restoring our most precious resources through the implementation of projects in our local communities.
Community gardens provide green spaces in urban areas, give growers without land of their own a place to work, and promote a real sense of community. Enrich your community by partnering with local businesses, other community groups, and/or schools to plan, develop, and grow a community garden. Look toward local gardening companies to help sponsor or donate. Enlist the help of master gardeners, landscape architects, or garden clubs to assist with designing the best garden for your community using native plants, including the needs of pollinators, and providing water and shelter. Use your community garden as an outdoor garden learning center and teach students about the benefits of gardening.
Work with local nursing homes and assisted living facilities to bring some sunshine into the lives of our more experienced generations. Gardens can be as large or as small as your space allows. Don those gloves to help your seeds sprout into a community garden that brings benefits to many.
The Greensboro Woman’s Club (GWC) is committed to recycling. They were intrigued when they discovered the Crayon Initiative. This is a unique nonprofit that collects unwanted crayons from restaurants, schools, and homes, then melts them down and re-manufactures them for art programs at children’s hospitals across the country. Five of these hospitals are in North Carolina. 19 club members distributed special collection boxes to schools, day cares, restaurants, scout groups, and others. 315 pounds of used crayons were collected and shipped to the Crayon Initiative.