for the GFWC Education Community Service Program from the 2012-2014 GFWC Club
for the Education Information
for the Education Report Cover Sheet.
Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
Marian Wright Edelman, American activist for the rights of children.
quote exemplifies what the Education Community Service Program is all
about. Though each junior club may take a different route toward
improving the lives of others and leaving their community and world
better than they found it, our ultimate goals are just the same.
The Education Program is broken down into two areas – Community Service
Projects and Partnerships. Listed below are some ideas, websites and links to get you started or, by all means, pave your own way toward reaching your Education Program goals.
The General Federation of
Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts has chosen to emphasize “Literacy” and
“Education Awareness” as part of its 2012-2014 commitment to
Education. Each junior club may approach these two highlighted
areas in a number of ways. We encourage you to be creative,
thoughtful and practical in your approach toward your club’s education
goals. Let’s get you started:
“READ IT FORWARD”
On President’s Day, gently used paperback books were
handed out to all in attendance as an incentive to develop an idea
about how to give out books to your community. These books could
be new or gently-used; paperbacks or hard covers; adult, children or
young adult books – just think of ideas to “Read It Forward”. The
books could go to nursing homes, school libraries or public libraries,
hospital waiting rooms, pre-schools, teen centers, to name a few
ideas. A bookplate in each book with your Club’s name would also
We would like each Club to email us with at least one idea (more would
be great), before Fall Conference. At Fall Conference we will
have a list of all of your ideas for the other Clubs to share.
The challenge will then be to implement one of these ideas. This
would be a win-win for everyone.
GFWC Partnerships: GFWC
partners are the organizations with whom GFWC has established a formal
relationship and mutual understanding. These partners might offer
materials, speakers, kits, etc. designed for GFWC Clubs and have signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with GFWC. Currently there are no
GFWC Partnerships for Education. Look for updates from the
GFWC Education Community Service Program Partnership Chairman, in News
& Notes and GFWC Clubwoman Magazine, and online at
GFWC Community Service Projects: Clubs will research, plan
and implement projects, programs and advocacy based on their interests
and the needs that their club members see and feel are important for
their community. Members should initiate and participate in these
programs and projects to serve their community and where they can
involve other members of the community, other organizations or the
individual club or members. Here are some projects and ideas that
you might find useful:
Some Useful Websites:
- Maintain a room or separate area of your local library that has been earmarked for a specific purpose.
- Reach out to
elementary, middle and high school librarians to see what their needs
and wants might be for the up-coming two years.
- Hold a program in
your club about national literacy levels. Literacy club grants of
up to $150 are available to GFWC clubs and funds may be used for
purchasing books for tutors to use, providing books to children and/or
a variety of other literacy needs. Go to www.GFWC.org for more
- Hold a “How to Use
the Library” program in conjunction with your local library and public
schools. Celebrate library card sign-up month annually in
- Start a book club
within your club. Donate the books read to your library, a
woman’s shelter, veteran’s organization or nursing homes.
- Apply for a GFWC Focus on Literacy Grant to fund a literacy program in your community.
- Partner with your
local Welcome Wagon to see that every visit to a new household includes
a book for the children in the home.
- Partner with a local hospital to supply children’s books for their waiting rooms.
- Partner with a local women’s shelter to supply books for both children and women in the shelters.
- Scholarships –
Offer scholarships to local high school students. Also visit
www.gfwcmajuniors.org/scholarships for links to other applications for
- Support ESO
(Epsilon Sigma Omicron is an honorary educational society open to all
per-capita paying GFWC members. ESO provides clubwomen with a
structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire
for self-improvement. ESO materials are available online at
American Library Association
The American Library Association
is the voice of America’s libraries and the millions of people who
depend on them. Adopt a library. Clubs can donate books to their
local libraries, volunteer at their library and recognize librarians
during National Library Week, the second week in April. Participate in
Adopt-A-Library program. Obtain an entry form from GFWC headquarters
to receive a certificate. Deadline March 15th.
Mentoring USA (www.mentoringusa.org)
Become a mentor or donate to the
organization. Use their mentoring materials and techniques to mentor
people in your community from ages 7-21.
Reading Rockets, WETA Public Television (www.ReadingRockets.org)
Your club can put together the
Family Literacy Bags developed by Reading Rockets, order their free
toolkits for your library, download their free print guides for
parents, teachers or librarians and celebrate Read Across America Day
with their resources. (Visit www.nea.org for more information)
Room to Read (www.RoomtoRead.org)
to Read partners with communities across the developing world to
promote literacy and gender equality in education by establishing
libraries, constructing classrooms, publishing local-language
children’s books, training educators and supporting girls’ education.
We believe all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full
potential, and that investing in education now will pay dividends for
generations to come.
Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl,
and you educate a community.
offer comments and or to receive more information about
our organization Please contact: Diane Murphy,
or write to: GFWC of Massachusetts, Junior
Box 679, Sudbury, MA
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