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Community Service Programs

Whether we are fundraising for programs we support, gathering needed items, or volunteering in the community, GFWC Woman's Club of Manassas serves in a variety of ways.   

Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

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Our goal is to increase awareness, and help prevent the widespread occurrence of violence against women in communities across the nation—and the globe. Areas of focus include Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Campus Sexual Assault, Elder Abuse, Violence Against Native American Women, Military Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking.

Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Assault Hotline VA Dept. of Social Services 1-800-838-8238

Advocates for Children

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Advocates for Children is designed to encourage all clubs to make a difference in the life of a child by being an advocate. The Program was envisioned as a way for clubwomen to provide a voice for children and to teach and encourage parents and other caregivers to advocate for children at the grassroots level.

Boxes of Basics

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Boxes of Basics believes every child deserves to have their basic clothing needs met.

Their mission is to empower kids with seasonal wardrobes packed with love and compassion. They work with school counselors, social workers, faith leaders and human services agencies to provide children with stylish, quality clothing that will give kids confidence and help them thrive!

Comfort Cases

Comfort Cases are backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system.

They inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care through Comfort, Community, Character, and Compassion.

Arts and Culture

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The GFWC Arts and Culture Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support art and cultural programs in their clubs and communities, through the creation of projects that include crafts, dance, drama, food, music, and other manifestations of art and culture that develop skills, awareness, and appreciation.

  • Participation in Northern District Art Show

  • Art show for Manassas City School Children

  • Art show for Manassas City School children with guest judges Jortt and Carol Hartt  

  • Introduced Peter and the Wolf through a story coloring book and CD provided by our club to elementary school students, they went on to see and hear "Peter and the Wolf Instrument Petting Zoo" featuring the Osbourn High School Orchestra

  • Member participation in GFWC craft shows

Civic Engagement and Outreach

The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Service Program highlights and encourages citizenship; crime prevention, safety, and disaster preparedness; the needy, hungry, and homeless; and our military personnel and veterans.

  • Manassas Senior Citizen Center projects

  • Shot at Life; international vaccine awareness advocacy

  • Assembled care packs to be distributed to the homeless

  • Operation Gratitude donations; over 500 hours and numerous supplies contributed

  • Sweats for Vets

Many Seniors find themselves alone during the holidays. We believe that everyone deserves to feel connected and valued during this time of year. Our gift baskets are a popular item at the Center. They're complete with cozy hats, scarves, and other goodies to make the season a little bit brighter.

Operation Gratitude provides opportunities for the American people to express their gratitude and show our Military and First Responders that what they do matters.

Sweats for Virginia Vets

These are distributed to the 3 VA hospitals in Virginia by our GFWC Civic Engagement Chair. 

Conservation and Environment

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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.

  • Sponsored and participated in the 3rd Annual Manassas Bee Festival, passing out native wildflower seeds and spreading awareness on the importance of pollinators

  • Planting flowers outside of Senior Center in Old Town Manassas

Education and Libraries

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Clubs are encouraged to promote projects designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions and opportunities. These projects promote libraries, literacy, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world.

  • Craft display

  • Club woman led crochet classes for the public at the Manassas City Library 

  • Donation of books to children advocacy organizations

  • Scholarships totaling $4,000 given to "Beat the Odds Prince William" through Prince William Law Assoc

Health and Wellness

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To improve our well being, 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.

  • Donated snacks to Girls on the Run 

  • Tray favors for Meals on Wheels participants 

  • GFWC Virginia Step In Time physical movement challenge

  • Celebrating Healthy Heart Month

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