Advocates for Children
- Advocates for Children encourage members to become active advocates for children by working to protect children from harmful situations, encourage healthy lifestyles, to prevent substance abuse and to prevent youth suicide. Several resources are listed such as websites and information regarding aspects such as bullying and children’s health. Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) has had the help of several GFWC clubs who work tirelessly to provide color coded bags that contain medical equipment designed for children and other such goals.
- The objective of the Arts in the Community Program is to encourage members to foster and support arts activities in their communities. We suggest activities include the support of VSA Arts, Art for Youth activities, and support of local theatre groups, awarding music and drama scholarships, promoting community film festivals, and establishing an ‘Artist in Residence’ program.
- For those who aren’t familiar with The Civics Committee, the intent is to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities focused on the following areas: Citizenship, Military Personnel, Emergency & Disaster Preparedness and Safety & Crime Prevention. High School voter registration drives, Sweats for Vets, Jaworek Elementary School Memorial Day Concert and Adopt-a-Soldier are examples of projects this committee has done in the past year. Projects that we will be doing this fall include the ‘Cards of Love’ program and challenging to match Sweats for Vets. If you have a new idea or you are a long time MJWC member who really liked a previous public issues activity, please let me know. I’m looking forward to new participants in this committee.
- The Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Committee works to educate members and others about domestic violence and encourage citizen action to address multiple domestic violence concerns. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out.
- The Education Committee provides an opportunity to work with our schools. The committee annually presents a nursing scholarship, a writing contest for students, installed sensory paths in elementary schools, has run a middle school baby-sitting course, a 4th grade spelling bee, and selects a book for the Madeline Snook.
- Our natural resources are among our most precious treasures. Members are encouraged to increase awareness of environmental issues, work to preserve, maintain and restore our natural resources, preserve habitats for plants and animals, and participate in endeavors to beautify and sustain the world around us.
- Our health and well being is of utmost importance and we encourage members to take steps to be as healthy as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or illness. This committee is frequently taking Sunday hikes on one of the many trails in the city of Marlborough.
- Juniorettes is composed of young women in middle or high school ranging from 12 to 18 years old, who are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the life of others through volunteer service in the arts, education, conservation, international. Our Juniorettes assist with the Metrowest Princess Boutique, Trunk or Treat and Vendor Night to support MJWC. These fine young ladies are passionate about raising more awareness about mental health issues and are planning a high school event in support of that. The day will be spent education teens, learning relaxation techniques, painting rocks and many other things to help easy some stress of what COVID has brought us this year.
- This committee plans and organizes the club’s fund-raisers during the year. Every member of the club, by virtue of participation in and supporting these projects are members of the Ways & Means Committee. In the past we have done Trivia Night, a Barn Dance, Trunk or Treat, Harrow Pies, Paint Nights … just to name a few. This year is obviously a little different, and we have had to cancel all in person events. With that being said, we obviously want to keep bringing in some money, so we can continue to support all the great local organizations that need us. I would love some ideas that raise money, as well as doing some fun stuff while we are not able to get together. We have already done a take out meal & dessert where we supported a local caterer and bakery. Trivia night will not be in person, but how about a virtual trivia night! We are hoping to keep Harrows going this fall and making it as successful as it has been in the past. What other ideas do you have? I would love a committee to brainstorm and see what kind of different things we can do in this crazy time. Contact me if you want to get involved in Ways & Means!
What We Provide
Some of the benefits you will receive in becoming a member of the
GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club include:
GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club include:
- The satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the community - every member contributes her individual efforts. The combined forces of members on the club, district, state, and national levels demonstrates strength in unity and provides the forum to make a difference where it counts.
- A network of support and encouragement from women with similar interests and concerns - fun, fellowship, and most important of all, lasting friendships based on mutual respect and shared experiences.
- Leadership training and professional skills development - skills gained from volunteer work can be used to open career doors, build a resume, obtain academic credit, or put to use in a personal business venture.
- A diversified set of national resources are offered in GFWC Special and Community Service Programs. These are truly areas to satisfy every member, and opportunities, not to mention inspiration, that otherwise would not be available to help you and your club better function within your community.
- Advocates for Children
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
- Arts and Culture
- Civic Engagement and Outreach
- Education and Libraries, Environment, Health and Wellness
- Opportunity to mold public opinion. GFWC clubs‘ united efforts provides a greater impact on important issues than individual voices would be able to provide on their own.
- Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger. Reports show that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression, and less incidence of heart disease.