On December 4th, the Women’s Club of Caldwell held a “read for the record” event in cooperation with the West Caldwell Library. Michelle, who runs the story hour at the library, settled the children with a song then Fran from WCC, read the book, Thank You, Omu!, to them. Afterwards, they did a craft put together by Fran and received a certificate from the Women’s Club of Caldwell, naming them as participants in the Read for the Record event. It was a fun hour.
Women’s Club of Caldwell members traveled to the Upper Montclair Women’s Club on Saturday, November 16, to help sort items for Embrella, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club’s Day of Service project. Embrella, formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services, is the leading statewide advocacy agency for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents in NJ. Women’s Clubs throughout New Jersey held local collections of personal care items, sheets, towels, and school supplies, which will be distributed by Embrella to college students who have aged out of the foster care system. The Upper Montclair Women Club hosted the collection site for clubs in the Liberty District, where club members sorted and boxed items for delivery to Embrella.
For the month of October, the Women’s Club of Caldwell, collected college related items for EMBRELLA (formally foster and Adoptive Family Servicesj, for distribution to college students who have aged out of the foster care system. Collection boxes were located at the Caldwell and the West Caldwell Public Libraries.
A group of six women from WCC volunteered at Oasis, on October 28th. The club sponsored the lunch and the women served it.
Oasis is an organization whose mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. Check their website for more info. and opportunities to volunteer: https://oasisnj.org
For our monthly collection in September, the Women’s Club of Caldwell collected New and Gently Used Bras for Free the Girls at both the Caldwell and West Caldwell Public Libraries. Free the Girls helps women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities. Survivors of sex trafficking can earn a safe income selling bras in the second-hand marketplace. The second-hand clothing market is a thriving industry in many countries around the world. By receiving a starting inventory from Free The Girls, the women can begin their business and become an entrepreneur in their communities. This income allows them a safe economic opportunity, and for many of the women, it provides not only for themselves but their children as well! In this country, bras tend to be an item that many women have sitting in drawers for a long time un-touched. Thank you for your support of this service project!
During the month of August, the WCC had a collection box in the Caldwell and the West Caldwell public libraries to support CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocates).
• Adult coloring books and colored pencils.
• Children coloring books and crayons
• craft supplies
All donations were greatly appreciated
October is anti bulling month. WCC is supporting Lion’s Brand Yarns campaign to help stop bulling in our schools.
We collected 72 handmade blue hats for the anti bullying campaign to take place in schools in October.
Phyllis Kent along with other master gardeners from our club, created and maintain this beautiful garden. She also regularly engages with students in interactive educational experiences.
Diane Néstor McMahon, president of WCC with Marla Higgenbotham, executive director of CASA of Union. Members of the Liberty District collected over 150 beach towels for the children to use at summer camp.