“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"
California Federation of Women's Clubs
“It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.”
― Andy Rooney
Welcome to CFWC Home Life Community Service Program!
The Home Life Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Projects may promote a healthy lifestyle, increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and prevent or correct financial difficulties.
Our CFWC president’s signature project is Girls Love Mail.
Girls Love Mail is a charity that collects hand-written letters of encouragement, bundles them, and sends them, via the caring staff at cancer centers and programs, to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Anyone with a desire to encourage a woman can write a letter. A hand-written letter has the special power to heal. Every letter is a gift from you to a woman going through a difficult time.
Notes should be written on paper that will fit or fold into the GLM Envelope measuring 4.75” x 6.5” (announcement size). Please see the guidelines for full details.
Join today and be part of the 2018 MILES OF MAIL campaign to collect 40,000 letters this year! Stay connected and read responses from letter recipients by signing up at the Girls Love Mail Website. (List CFWC as your company.)
The Vial of Life is a GFWC project designed to speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself. The vial (actually a plastic baggie) contains important information medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment. Print free Vial Kits and order decals at http://www.vialoflife.com/. First responders love the Vial of Life Project.
GFWC continues to partner with Canine Companions for Independence, which is the oldest and largest assistance dog program providing trained dogs for children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities. GFWC is working with Canine Companions for Independence on its Veteran’s Initiative, which has provided many assistance dogs to injured service men and women who are returning from wars. For a veteran making a new start putting his or her life back together from an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence. http://www.cci.org/
Work on improving financial wellness among members and the community. Financial wellness is “effectively managing your economic life.” This simple concept encompasses many factors, including: keeping spending within one’s means; being financially prepared for emergencies; having access to the information and tool necessary to make good financial decisions; and having a plan for the future. Surveys have indicated that 53% of employees are stressed about their finances. Those who are stressed are more likely to be distracted by their finances at work, miss work due to their personal financial issues and cite health issues caused by financial stress.
Program ideas are endless. Consider projects that address issues such as women’s health, theft prevention, service dog programs, individuals with disabilities, healthy lifestyles, life skill classes, financial issues, healthy food choices, cooking classes, childcare, and preventing prescription drug abuse. Consider a program to help families at risk of food insecurity and health conditions driven by poor diets.
AWARDS: CFWC will award certificates in each club and district size category for the narrative Home Life reports.