The GFWC National Day of Service for 2023 was celebrated by the Manassas Club who hosted ExtravaCANza, a Canned Goods Sculpture Contest held at the Manassas City Library on Dumfries Rd. Read what kind of results can be achieved when a national club of volunteer women act together.
INAUGURAL GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS (GFWC) NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE HELPS RELIEVE FOOD INSECURITY & HUNGER ACROSS THE 50 STATES
Washington, DC, January 24, 2024 — The inaugural General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) National Day of Service (NDS) proved impactful in raising food resources for communities across the country. The 2023 campaign spotlighted the food insecurity and hunger crisis. The results received from the “NDS Impact Report” submitted by approximately 700 of the 980 GFWC Regions, State Federations, Districts, and clubs indicate GFWC clubwomen collected 145,506 pounds of nonperishable food, recorded more than 20,000 volunteer hours, collected $138,415 in monetary donations, and contributed to the preparation of 121,386 meals.
“The GFWC National Day of Service’s purpose is to spotlight a community problem and mobilize our volunteers across the 50 states and the District of Columbia to aid relief efforts,” said Debra Strahanoski, GFWC International President. “This year’s campaign focused on food insecurity and hunger. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 34 million people in the United States suffer from food insecurity, 100 percent of U.S. counties are impacted, and 9 million children do not know when they’ll eat next. I am proud of GFWC club members for their dedication to helping others in need. We exist to make a positive contribution to our local communities.”
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of 60,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and 21 countries. GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.