The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club Arts Community Service Program (CSP) encourages members to promote and support arts activities in our schools and community. It is designed to inspire us as clubwomen. Our goal is to create programs and projects that include music, literature, dance, drama, theatre, and other arts related areas, both traditional and innovative. We support student arts in schools, encourage member creativity, promote community arts for all, and participate in contests with submissions of photography, crafts, and visual and written arts.
In 2016 : MCWC Arts CSP Supported the Arts in the Community by:
- Visiting and attending local, national, and international plays, concerts, and museums
- Supporting the local Spivey Children’s Choir, performing artists, and arts teachers,
- Raising public awareness and recognizing young talent
MCWC volunteered 1,484 hours with $4,820 in kind and $676 dollars donated through the Arts Community Service Program.
The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club Conservation Community Service Program (CSP) is designed for our members to gain an appreciation for our environment. We incorporate various topics into our conservation plans such as • Recycling and Upcycling • Environmental Education and Awareness • Outdoor Exploration • Noxious Weeds • Air and Water Quality • Waste Handling • Natural Resource Restoration • Land Maintenance • Tree Planting • Beautification • Wildlife Protection • Proper Care for Domesticated Animals • Food Sources • Community Gardens • Preserving Existing Waterways • and Energy Conservation.
In 2016 : MCWC Conservation CSP supported the importance of conserving, reusing, and recycling natural resources by:
- A local master gardener demonstrated using recycled materials in container gardens.
- Reusable napkins, shopping bags, and beneficial air-cleaning houseplants were awarded at meetings.
- A partnering project with St. Philip Benizi (SPB) Church in Jonesboro began as a typical 3R project, but evolved into something greater. Using recycled grocery bags to make plarn (plastic yarn), sleeping mats for Atlanta’s homeless were crocheted.The project expanded to make carry bags for the homeless to tote their possessions. The project’s impact was great. Every time a sleeping mat (100 in total)/carry bag (20 in total) was given to one of the homeless, there were tears in each person’s eyes.
- The Conservation CSP also coordinated planting and upkeep at the Roberta Smith Elementary School and the historical Stately Oaks society grounds.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 625 hours with $202 in kind and $322 dollars donated through the Conservation Community Service Program.
+ Domestic Violence
The goal of the Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Special Project is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse. Morrow Civic Woman’s Club supports local established programs and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence by providing educational opportunities for club members and local citizens and supporting their efforts with monetary and in kind donations. Morrow Civic Woman’s Club is a powerful voice for those who have no voice.The Morrow Civic Woman’s Club members speak with one voice:
- To develop and influence federal and state legislation that positively affects the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families.
- To protect the safety, security, and dignity of all citizens.
- To promote projects that support and cultivate work with national, state and local domestic violence and abuse organizations.
Throughout the past year, contributions were made to the Haven House, Securus House, and Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Each month members donate wish list items for Haven House and Securus House. Members serve Haven House by leadership on the Board of Directors (president) and participating in the 5K and Casino Night fundraisers. As part of the education emphasis, and in partnership with St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro, backpacks filled with school supplies were provided to child witnesses of family violence.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 276 hours with $2,563 in kind and $250 dollars donated through the Domestic Violence Awareness Special Project.
The goal of the GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club Education Community Service Program (CSP) is to develop projects that will help improve the quality of life and create a better world. We focus on family and youth literacy, tutoring and mentoring, and promoting member reading. Our club awards scholarships for women attending Clayton State University, as well as students attending Tallulah Falls School.
In 2016 : MCWC Education CSP, members supported education by:
- Volunteered at a local school for learning disabled students by reading, providing treats, and supervising crafts.
- Tutored students at other schools and libraries. The tutoring/mentoring included teaching as a second language and sewing classes.
- Gave books to the Arnold Elementary School book drive for disadvantaged children and added to the donation with eight cartons of books purchased from the Friends of the Library book sale.
- Helped at the Morrow Branch Library during their summer children’s patriotic program.
- Teachers at Morrow Elementary School were rewarded with homemade treats for their dedication.
- Our club awards scholarships for women attending Clayton State University, as well as contributing to scholarship funds at Tallulah Falls School.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 1,134 hours with $6,090 in kind and $3,302 dollars donated through the Education Community Service Program.
+ Home Life
The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club Home Life Community Service Program (CSP) is designed to inform our members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, we develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.
Our projects address issues such as women’s health, identity theft prevention, people with disabilities, healthy lifestyles, homelessness, and senior care and childcare. We have partnered with like-minded organizations that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
In 2016, the Home Life CSP sponsored Forgotten Angels (a Salvation Army Christmas Project) and members donated toys/money and shopped for the project that enables parents to “shop” for their children’s Christmas presents. Support for the Good Shepherd Clinic, a local free clinic for uninsured people, was done through volunteer hours at the facility, providing calendars for patients to record their appointments, and by participating in the clinic’s fundraiser luncheon. Meals for 35 individuals were provided to the Calvary Refuge Shelter in Forest Park. Hats and caps were distributed to a local nursing center and family shelter. In partnership with the St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro, toiletries were collected and placed in hygiene kits for the homeless served by the 7 Bridges Street Ministry.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 377 hours with $2,050 in kind and $900 dollars donated through the Home Life Community Service Program.
+ International Outreach
The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club encourages our members to reach beyond our own neighborhoods to the global community to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, and communities. The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club International Outreach Community Service Program (CSP) is designed to enable our members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action that in turn affect change in and for our global family and their communities.
In most cases, we cannot be physically present to assist and make changes in countries around the world; however, we make donations through partnership agencies who assist those in the greatest need. We have found countless ways to support global development and make a lasting difference by working toward raising cultural awareness; conducting fundraising activities to support healthy child development; advocating for basic human needs such as food, water, clothing, and education; promoting self-sufficiency; and promoting awareness of world hunger and human trafficking.
Last year, the International Outreach CSP supported the work of the Maternal Infant and Health Care Project of the Haiti Partnership by sewing and crocheting 60 newborn caps and donating 56 receiving blankets and 12 onesies and diaper shirts. The project’s highlight was making 100 Clean Birthing Kits, which help save the lives of the mother and newborn by providing sanitary minimal care items to keep the birth from occurring on a dirt floor in unsanitary conditions. Continuing our support to Haiti, members ensured that 24 needy schoolchildren received backpacks filled with school supplies. Club members also donated 24 boxes of fun and necessary items to Operation Christmas Child.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 422 hours with $1,634 in kind and $900 dollars donated through the International Outreach Community Service Program.
+ Public Issues
The GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club Public Issues Community Service Program (CSP) is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on the following areas:
Citizenship: Educate club members and local communities on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. • Use resources, including GFWC Resolutions, to increase patriotism, pride in heritage, and active community involvement. • Encourage active involvement in the legislation and regulation of issues that affect the world around you.
Military Personnel: Educate club members and local communities on needs of military families. • Advocate for legislation that supports active and veteran military personnel and their families. • Support military personnel and veterans returning to community living.
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness: Educate club members and local communities on disaster readiness, recovery, and relief. • Work with law enforcement agencies and first responders to increase public awareness. • Develop community programs and coalitions to address disaster recovery and relief. • Work with local agencies to provide community training in disaster preparedness.
Safety and Crime Prevention: Educate club members and local communities on home, transportation, and internet safety. • Provide programs, tools, and training. • Create safer homes and communities through crime prevention awareness. • Encourage “Neighborhood Watch” groups within communities.
The Public Issues CSP address issues such as voter registration; elections; democracy; disaster preparedness; road safety; and supporting our military personnel. We have partnered with like-minded organizations that promote civic engagement. Last year, members were encouraged to be active and knowledgeable about their own communities (Clayton, Fayette, and Henry counties) by attending county commissioner meetings and receiving newsletters on zone news and activities. Reminders related to voting were given at appropriate times. Projects serving veterans were completed throughout the year. In support of veterans at the local VA Hospital, 25 filled socks with items such as toiletries, games, and goodies were given. In partnership with a local quilt guild and Jonesboro assisted living facility, 17 handmade quilts were presented to the women/men veterans who were housed at the facility. In support of the USO, donations of books were made to the USO United through Reading Program and email messages to our troops expressing our appreciation and good will were made through the USO Campaign to Connect.
In 2016, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club volunteered 515 hours with $1,126 in kind and $677 dollars donated through the Public Issues Community Service Program.
+ Additional Committees
MCWC Members have additional opportunities to serve through assisting on one of the following committees:
- Budget and Finance
- Club Relations
- Fashion Show
- Publicity/Web Page
- Tallulah Falls