Franklin Woman’s Club Spreads Holiday Cheer

Santa’s elves are not the only ones preparing to spread holiday cheer. The Franklin Woman’s Club, a local non – profit organization, has been hard at work volunteering, raising funds and/or generously donating to achieve their annual charitable giving goals with the hope of making the holidays brighter for many. During this year’s Season of Giving, the club has donated funds or needed items to the following non – profit organizations:

 

- Community Resource Center, (Somerset) with a donation of three large baskets of Thanksgiving foods for single mothers in need

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-Willow Creek Rehabilitation and Spring Hill Assisted Living, Somerset with a donation of 100 festively decorated bags of candy to brighten the days of residents

-First Aid/Rescue Squads (East Millstone, Kendall Park, Kingston and Rocky Hill) with a cash donation to help support operations http://franklintwpnj.org/government/departments/first-aid

-Franklin Food Bank with a cash donation for the purchase of food & supplies to fight food insecurity http://franklinfoodbank.org/

-The Promise Culinary School, New Brunswick with a cash donation to help fund scholarship awards for the school’s culinary arts students. http://promiseculinary.org

-Pennies for Puppies Program (The Seeing Eye, Morristown, NJ) with a cash donation to help sponsor a puppy, (Xelda) that will be trained to assist a person with visual impairments to live with independence http://www.seeingeye.org/

-Quail Brook Senior Center with a cash donation to sponsor an educational or recreational activity for center participants age 60 and above https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/aging-disability-serv

-Shot@ Life with a cash donation that will result in the provision of vaccinations to disadvantaged children in other parts of the world http://shotatlife.org/

-Free the Girls with a cash and clothing donation to help missionaries support victims of sex trafficking by providing them with a means to receive education and establish businesses and an effective way to earn a living to support themselves and their families.  (In addition to club member support, this donation was made possible through a partnership with a local business, Personally Yours, Bedminster). https://freethegirls.org/

-Boatsies Boxes with a donation of 14 Christmas stockings filled with holiday treats, activity and hygiene supplies that will be shipped overseas to military personnel http://www.boatsie.com/

-Click for Babies Campaign with a total 2017 donation of 178 hand knitted or crocheted baby hats used as part of an educational program (developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS), that educates new parents about ways to prevent child abuse. (In addition to club member contributions, donations were enhanced through a partnership with other needle workers and cash donations to purchase yarn from: The Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater and Quail Brook Senior Centers (operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services). Note: Additional partnerships have also been established with the Montgomery Senior Center and the Knitting Club from the Somerville Senior Housing facility whose hats will be donated in 2018. https://www.clickforbabies.org/

 

Santa really appreciated the help of Franklin Woman’s Club members this holiday season. If you are a woman age 18 or above who would like to be part of this dedicated, community – focused group, read below for details about the club and how to get involved.

 The Franklin Woman’s Club (FWC), is part of the General and New Jersey State Federations of Women's Clubs. *  The FWC, which has been serving the community since 1922, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian service organization committed to improving the community through volunteerism. In addition to community initiatives, the Franklin Woman’s Club also features frequent social and educational events for enrichment.

 FWC meetings are held at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (7pm) between September and May with special meetings held at alternate locations.  Women interested in checking a meeting location, learning more about the club and/or becoming a member may visit www.franklinwomansclub.com or can email inquiries to: franklinwomansclub@gmail.com. To follow the club’s activities on Facebook, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/franklinwomansclub.

 *The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is an international women's organization with over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries. GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement and work toward world peace and understanding.