Community Service

The Western Pocono Women’s Club supports the following General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) Community Service Programs: the arts, conservation of natural resources, skill improvement and education, involvement and interest in public issues, and home life and women’s health issues.

THE ARTS: By participating in the GFWC art contests, it gives members an opportunity to explore their creativity in photography, literature, and poetry. GFWC also sponsors youth writing contests, which are judged on the local, state and national levels. These contests are held every year, following GFWC rules and guidelines. Art and photography presentations have been enjoyed by club members at their meetings.

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Rte. 115 & 209 Community Improvement Project in Brodheadsville

CONSERVATION: The GFWC Beautification Program encourages clubs to educate members and citizens about the importance of beautifying their communities and keeping them litter free. The club members support local efforts to maintain gardens, parks, and other places of beauty. The triangle, between old Rte. 115 and Rte. 209 in Brodheadsville across from the Chestnuthill Diner, was adopted and beautified. Financial support has been appropriated to West End Parks and Open Space Commission. Yearly monies are given to support a camper at the Monroe County Conservation Camp. Aluminum can tabs are collected for the Ronald McDonald House.

EDUCATION: The GFWC Education Community Service Program encourages club women to create learning opportunities for themselves and their communities through volunteerism. Monetary contributions are made to the Western Pocono Community Library. The club provides two scholarships for two Pleasant Valley High School seniors. Annually, the club sponsors a high school sophomore to attend HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Leadership Program) at Shippensburg University.

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Many ladies are involved in making quilts

HOME LIFE: The GFWC Home Life Community Service Program includes programs that acquaint members with contemporary issues facing their area and offer resources to enable club women to improve their communities. The Western Pocono Women’s Club has offered instruction in CPR, information about Estate Planning, Food Preservation, Identify Theft, Hospice, and Monroe County Women’s Commission to name just a few. Members purchase items and crochet or knit items for Angel’s Closet, a support group for families needing layettes for newborns upon leaving the Pocono Medical Center. Other ways the members help the community is by providing food for food baskets at Easter. The club also financially supports the Garden of Giving. and  Meals on Wheels.  Other projects the members participate in are making donations to local Food Banks and the Pleasant Valley School District Healthy Meals program. The ladies also construct and donate quilts for their Quilts Made with Love Program. 

Making Christmas Cards for the Military

PUBLIC ISSUES: GFWC’s Public Issues Community Service Program allow clubs to reach beyond their own communities. Members meet monthly to clip, sort, count, and mail coupons to a military base in Japan. Christmas Cards for the Military is one of the newer projects for the ladies. Many cards are made in conjunction with local West End Girl Scout Troops. Cards are also signed at Chestnuthill Township Community Day in September by residents in the community. In the fall they are mailed to the Veteran Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Bethesda (formally Walter Reed Hospital) in Maryland, Wounded Warriors, several military bases in the United States, VALOR in Jonas, PA, and to troops of local families. In 2017 1153 cards were sent out to our servicemen/women. One of the newest projects is assisting with a picnic style lunch for Project Healing Waters. This club sponsors this twice in the summer months to help veterans enjoy an afternoon of fishing and socialization in a safe environment.  One of these events is co-sponsored with their sister club, GFWC Pocono Mountain Women’s Club.

GFWC Public Issues Community Service Programs encourage members to take an active interest in safety and citizenship issues. Safety informational programs are presented to the members.  In order to booster troops’ morale, the club has provided money to assist Operation Touch of Home. Donations also go to Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach (VALOR). Monies are sent to Women’s Resources, the local volunteer fire companies, Relay for Life,  and the Salvation Army.

In the Spring, a Child Safety Fair is co-partnered with West End Park and Open Space Commission at the Chestnuthill Township Park Building. West End Fire Department, Tobyhanna Army Depot, West End Ambulance, Boy Scout Troop, Dietitian from Kinsley’s ShopRite grocery story, PA State Police, and Pocono Medical Center volunteer their time to educate the children. On Halloween evening members distribute candy to area children at the Chestnuthill Park.