Nearly 80,000 members strong, the General Federation of Women's Clubs is united in its dedication to volunteer community service. While diverse in age, interests, and experiences, all clubwomen are united by a desire to create positive change in their communities.
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GFWC Virginia is building on its legacy.
Click here for the history of GFWC Virginia and its current strategic plan.
The Virginia State Fair is located at The Meadow Event Park, in Doswell, Virginia (near King’s Dominion). GFWC Virginia clubwomen volunteer for the Educational Exposition, the largest outdoor classroom in the state. This year marks the 34th year of service to this project.
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Beginning July 1, 2020, there will be five GFWC Community Service Programs (CSPs). Handouts are available here that preview each one.
The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking skills, builds focus and perseverance, and nurtures creativity, confidence, and collaboration. Cultural awareness promotes effective communication and profoundly increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people and experiences.
The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program reminds GFWC members that each of us is a part of a larger society and is responsible for undertaking actions that will create a better quality of life and foster a sense of community—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The four “broad strokes” of this effort include: Citizenship; Crime Prevention, Safety, and Disaster Preparedness; the Needy, Hungry, and Homeless; and Our Military Personnel and Veterans.
GFWC members promote education in both children and adults. We aim to help others, while we also continue to learn.
Projects in the Education Community Service Program are designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions
and opportunities, and to promote literacy, libraries, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the
growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world.
The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages us to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, live sustainably, and beautify our communities and enjoy nature.
The human body, mind, and spirit comprise our health and wellness. To improve our wellbeing, we must address three key components: nutrition, disease prevention, and physical and emotional care. This Community Service Program aims to explore the various opportunities for awareness and advancement of each of these vital areas.
Arts and Culture CSP Handout (pdf)Download
Civic Engagement and Outreach CSP Handout (pdf)Download
Education and Libraries CSP Handout (pdf)Download
Environment CSP Handout (pdf)Download
Health and Wellness CSP Handout (pdf)Download
All CSP Handouts (pdf)Download
2020-2022 GFWC Realignment of 2018-2020 Projects (pdf)Download
2020-2022 GFWC CSP Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)Download
Carol Pridgen, President
Amber Holdren, President
Liz Sabbatini, President
Tara Widener, President
Angela Paez, President
JoBeth Wampler, President
Marilyn Banes, President
GFWC Vinton Woman's Club and the Vinton Police Department continued their annual tradition of planting the Vinton Pinwheel Garden despite COVID-19. After talking with town officials, members decided to proceed by staying more than six feet apart with only four participants. Three club members and a spouse maintained social distancing to plant the pinwheels to bring attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. Concern about the well-being of children is perhaps even more important during these trying times.
MRWC members have actively helped others during the pandemic. They prepared and delivered 100 bag lunches for the homeless in April. They also held a virtual drive for Feed More, which is the Central Virginia foodbank, and the Richmond SPCA. Additionally, members donated funds for supplies and have been making protective masks for residents and staff at a local assisted living facility.
Learn how volunteer service over more than 125 years has made a difference in the lives of others.