Community Service Projects are what we do!

GFWC encourages all members to participate in service projects which benefit their local community, surrounding areas, state and even international causes.  The goal is to reach as many people possible through the time, talent and resources of each club member.  Women's clubs often partner with other civic groups for greater community impact. 

Five areas have been identified in which clubs can create and execute projects.

  • Arts and Culture

  • Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Education and Libraries

  • Environment

  • Health and Wellness

Through proceeds from weekly dances, banquet hall rental, community and member support, our club has been able to help a number of organizations in Manatee County to include: Adopt-a-Family, Adopt-a-Highway, Bradenton Library, Children's Academy of Southwest Florida, Inc., Children's Home Society of Florida, Council on Aging, Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Habitat for Humanity, Honor Flight, HOPE Services, Just for Girls, Manatee Boys and Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, More to Life, MOTS- Manatee Operation Troop Support, Safe Children Coalition, numerous public schools and assisted living homes.

Arts and Culture

Art is found in many areas and is for all ages.  Drawing, painting, sculpting, cooking, sewing, crafting, dancing... the list is endless.  Culture teaches us the history and way of life of an activity. 

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Community Engagement & Outreach

Community engagement can encompass many opportunities.  We make a devoted effort to support our first responders, military families and veterans.  BWC has also partnered with Jaycee Congress to recognize Honor Flight participants.

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Education and Libraries

Did you know the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) were instrumental in establishing the first public libraries in the US? Education is very important to our members and that is why we start early by providing supplies to our area elementary schools. Books are also purchased and donated to our local library.

Environment

We all know the importance of taking care of Mother Earth and protecting our environment.  Our members participate in hands-on projects cleaning up Manatee County.

Another tidbit of history for you... GFWC was very active in the establishment of many national parks! Royal Palm State Park in Florida later became Everglades National Park thanks to GFWC member May Mann Jennings.

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Health and Wellness

Taking care of yourself so you can take care of others has always been an important emphasis among club members.  When you feel well you have the energy to get out and do more... and by do more, we mean volunteer!  Our club helps a multitude of individuals in our community through the donation of food, clothing, hygiene items, etc.