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    Community Service Programs

Arts

Members are encouraged to foster and support art activities in the community, recognizing that a balanced education needs to include this creative part of our lives.  GWC projects include:

· Gainesville Association for Creative Arts scholarships. 

· Donations of art and craft supplies to schools.

· Fund raiser for Very Special Arts.

· Student art exhibits.

· Painting and drawing classes.

· Competition in local, district and state arts/crafts shows.

· Craft workshops.

Conservation

The club focuses on improving the environment for healthier living and preserving our community resources.

· Care for the club’s butterfly garden.

· Plant new trees. 

· Partner with Gainesville Regional Utilities to ensure safety and energy initiatives. 

· Participate in the city and county recycling program. 

· Work with Keep Alachua County Beautiful and the Humane Society.

· Participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program.

· Maintain  the clubhouse grounds.

Education

This area seeks to promote a commitment to lifelong learning and to support educational and literacy opportunities in our community.  GWC addresses education by:

· Books for Arbor House.

· Pen Pal program with a selected school.

· Travel programs and book reviews.

· Support “Labels  for Education."

· Partner with Girl's Place to raise scholarships.

· Participate in the county's "Story Book  Project."

· Camp scholarships for boy scout troop.

· Support for public libraries.

Home Life

Develop and implement projects that promote a healthy lifestyle through awareness, prevention and treatment of disease, with a focus on personal development for women and children. 

· Knit/sew blankets for babies in the NICU at Shands Hospital.

· Collect personal care items for nursing home residents.

· Co-host  health fairs.

· Walk and monetary contributions for March of Dimes.

· Co-sponsor a fund raiser for Easter Seals.

· Support for Ronald MacDonald House.

· Collect food items for local food bank.

· Seasonal parties for residents at nursing home.

· Support for American Cancer Society.

International Outreach

Programs enable members to become better citizens through advocacy, education, and action. International programs are particularly important to a university community as there are so many international connections and foreign students.

· Funds for Bridges without Borders.

· Support of TAP project.

· Host Gainesville’s United Nations Day program.

· Raise general awareness about new evolving international needs.

· International Hospitality

· Monetary contributions for International Heifer project.

Public Issues

GWC works to increase members’ patriotism, pride in heritage, and networking with other organizations to be proactive in dealing with community issues. 

· Co-sponsor Alachua County Legislative Day. 

· Donate items for veterans at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Vet Space. 

· Collect clothes, toys and food for residents at Peaceful Paths, a domestic abuse shelter.

· Holiday cards sent to our military men and women.

· Forums for local, regional and national issues.

· Workshops to help citizens become aware of crime issues, identity theft and safety.

· Support for Fisher House.

· Contributions for Hacienda Girls Ranch.

Other Community Programs

These are scheduled activities held in the clubhouse and open to the membership and guests.

 

Creative Cooking: Members share creative cooking ideas and sample their gourmet dishes during monthly luncheons.  Recipes and cooking tips are provided. Lunch is at 11:00 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month unless notified otherwise.  There is a theme for each month and if attending you are asked to bring a dish to complement the theme.

 

Bridge: Regular bridge groups meet at 12:00 noon on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Those attending are asked to arrange a full table.  This bridge is intended for all skill levels.  A light lunch is served prior to starting the bridge.  Designated members are asked to host for a day and are responsible for the lunch.  There is no fee for members.

 

Duplicate Bridge: This group meets the 2nd Monday of each month from October through May at 9:30 a.m.  It is open to members and their guest.  There is no fee.  If interested in joining, contact the club office.

 

Painting and Drawing Classes: Painting and drawing classes met weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the clubhouse and are open to all members and the public.  Art media include oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen, gouache, and ink. Experienced members/artists are glad to offer advice and guidance.

 

Sewing/Knitting Projects: Members are encouraged to sew and/or knit for babies, children, veterans in need.  You can meet with other members at the club during scheduled times or sew/knit at home and bring your items to the club.

 

Spring Promenade: Each spring the City of Gainesville under the direction of the Thomas Center offers a tour of Historic homes and is open to the public. As part of the city’s supporting organizations, GWC provides hostesses to the homes on tour.  Members are asked to volunteer to host for two-hour periods.

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Signature Project

     In the 2011-2012 Administration, the club started a Signature Project to facilitate the club’s commitment to the community through projects started and implemented by the Gainesville Woman’s Club. The goal of the Signature Project, "Partnerships for Education and a Better Community," is to involve all club departments and members along with local businesses in supporting local public schools. After identifying the most pressing needs of Alachua County elementary schools, through the Signature Project these needs are to be addressed by providing supplies, books, nutritional needs, playground equipment, landscaping and others from the school’s wish list. Another goal is to increase the community awareness through educational programs. The Signature Project is to be ongoing by providing goods-in-kind, financial commitments, and time resources.

     For starting the Signature Project, Idylwild Elementary will be the pilot school. In 2010-2011, Idylwild Elementary had 80% of their students on a free or reduced cost lunch program, thus pointing to the underlying student needs. The project extends across all dimensions of the club with the goal to have ever member involved in someway to help fill teachers’ wish lists as well as improve their campus.

     During the GFWC Florida Spring Convention of 2013, the club won a 1st Place Award for their Signature Project Programs.

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