NED: Linda Jones
NWD: Elaine Altstaetter
SED: Janet Petrella
SWD: Melva Allsatter
2018-2020 INITIATIVE: January was declared a National Day of Service. Each and every club in GFWC is asked to do a service project on that day. It may be in any area, any type of project. OUR GOAL IS 1,000 CLUBS PARTICIPATING.
Veterans and Military Affairs
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.
Consider projects benefiting homeless women veterans.
Recognize their dedication and patriotism with a small token of appreciation.
Seek volunteer opportunities at community veteran facilities.
Provide resources to support military families: send manufacturers’ coupons through www.supportourtroops.org, send care packages through established organizations, and/or purchase Christmas trees through the Christmas Spirit Foundation.
Invite men and women returning from service to speak at your club meetings
Support the Fisher House Foundation
Attend the Gold Star Mother’s Pilgrimage the last Sunday in September
Support the GFWC Ohio Memorial Shrine through donations and purchasing pavers
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.
• Participate in the national “In Case of Emergency” program (ICE) by distributing brochures and information on disaster supply kit needs.
Safety and Crime Prevention
Educate club members and local communities on home, transportation (including bicycles, rail, and air) and internet safety.
Promote trick or treat safety and organize a Halloween “Trunk or Treat” event in your municipal parking lot. Families park their cars and open their car trunks for trick or treaters.
Create safer homes and communities through crime prevention awareness.
Encourage “Neighborhood Watch” groups within communities.
Educate members on the issue of Keeping America’s Roads Safe. Truck size and amount of hours
truck drivers are on the road are just two examples.
Get involved with local National Night Out events.
Sponsor programs and/or classes on women’s safety and self-defense
Consider projects that address issues such as running for office; voter registration; elections; democracy; disaster
preparedness; road safety; and supporting our military personnel.
Program ideas are endless. Below is a list of ideas on how clubs may support the Public Issues Community Service Program.
• Educate club members and local communities on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
• Encourage active involvement in the legislation and regulation of issues that affect the world around you.
• Attend a naturalization ceremony and give each new citizen a flag pin.
• Promote classroom and member education on American heritage symbols and flag etiquette.
• Celebrate patriotism.
• Visit, volunteer, and help preserve historic sites, monuments, and homes.
• Promote classroom lessons on American heritage symbols.
• Provide copies of The Constitution to new citizens or school classrooms.
• Participate in the legislative process by encouraging qualified women to seek elected or appointed office.
• Help someone study for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Visit www.USCitizenship.org.
• Create and support ways to observe the National Day of Remembrance and Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day each year.
• Hold a National Issues Forum.
• Work to promote student volunteer service requirement in schools.
• Work with local shelters for women veterans who are homeless. Provide cleaning products and hygiene essentials for these women.
• Use resources, including GFWC Resolutions, to increase patriotism, pride in heritage, and active community involvement.
MILITARY PERSONNEL: 2018-2020 INITIATIVE
Women serving in our Armed Forces need our continued support while they are deployed and serving stateside. Every
GFWC club is asked to include one project devoted to women in the military. OUR GOAL IS PARTICIPATION FROM 1,000 CLUBS!
• Conduct programs and projects to recognize and honor all veterans.
• Volunteer at your local USO office.
• Provide resources to support military families.
• Assist and advocate for severely wounded, ill, or injured soldiers, veterans, and their families.
• Contact Sew Much Comfort to assist them in supplying free adaptive clothing to support our wounded
service members. Go to and under “Volunteer” click “GFWC” in the drop
down menu to find suggestions. See GFWC Resources in this Outline for other contact information.
• Participate in the USO’s “United Through Reading’s Military Program.” Deployed parents are videotaped
reading a book to their child and the DVD and book are then sent to the child back home. Just $10 gives a
child a bedtime story from a deployed parent.
• Donate to the USO’s “Operation Phone Home.” The USO distributes phone cards to service members and
offers a Private Telephone Network. For $25, 70 soldiers can call home using this service.
• Promote the hiring of returning veterans.
• Invite returning service members to speak at club meetings and community forums.
Sponsor baby showers for women assigned to nearby military bases.
• Contact USO (See GFWC Resources in this Outline) to learn about the USO2GO kits through which USO
delivers everything from toiletries to art supplies to snacks to troops in remote and restricted areas.
• Contact the USO for more information on how you can participate in support of our troops and their families.
• Donate “Mommy Bags” to a military hospital for new mothers who are veterans. Contents can be lotion, bath gel, nail polish, stationery, candy, etc.
• Contact your local Fisher House, offer to provide food for a special event or sponsor a party for children staying there while visiting a parent.
• Make up “Thank You, Your Bill Has Been Paid” cards and give them to club members who give them to soldiers in restaurants after they have paid the soldier’s bill.