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 international outreach, as well as 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.

 

 

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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 clubwomen to improve their communities. The Western Pocono Women’s Club has offered instruction in CPR, information about Estate Planning, Food Preservation, Identify Theft, and the Garden of Giving, to name just a few. Members purchase and crochet/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 preparing food baskets at Easter and financially supporting Meals on Wheels. Other projects the members participate in are making donations to local Food Banks and constructing quilts for the Quilts for Kids program. Monies are also donated to local fire companies, Relay for Life,  and West End Ambulance Association.  

 
 
 
  • Making Christmas Cards for the Military

    INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: GFWC’s International Outreach Programs 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 the newest project 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 Warriers, several military bases in the United States, VALOR in Jonas, PA, and to troops of local families. In 2016 1118 cards were sent out to our servicemen/women.

 

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    Fingerprinting at the Child Safety Fair

    PUBLIC ISSUES: GFWC Public Issues Programs encourage members to take an active interest in safety and citizenship issues.. Safety informational programs are presented to the members. Annually funds are provided for Pleasant Valley’s Chemical Free Graduation Party. 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 also provided to Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resources,   the local volunteer fire companies, and the Salvation Army. One of their services is visiting Getz Personal Care Home where the members participate in serving at a cookie social monthly. 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.