Community Outreach

October 2020 Collections – Happy Fall

Women’s Club of Caldwell will have collection boxes at the Caldwell and West Caldwell Libraries for the month of October 2020 to benefit OPERATION CHILL OUT.  The WCC will be collecting knitted caps, gloves, thermal underwear and socks for our homeless veterans.  Please join us by making a donation and dropping your item in the box at one of the library boxes.

 Operation Chill Out is New Jersey’s oldest and only all-volunteer mobile outreach program.   Having begun in December 2000, they advocate for sustainable solutions and programs serving the needs of the poor, addicted, abused and homeless that will improve the quality of their lives leading to permanent change and independent living. For more information see : 

Mask Making and Deliveries

Over the past few months our club has been very busy  sewing and reaching out to our community organizations in order to  provide needed,  hand made masks in order to help protect these communities during the Corona-19 virus pandemic.

As of May 26, 2020 We have delivered the following:

Mountainside Hospital – 82 masks

Crane’s Mill- 115 masks

Marion Manor – 30 masks and 15 Thinking of You cards

St John’s Soup Kitchen- 30 masks

and our most recent delivery West Caldwell Care Center 50 masks and 15 Thinking of you Cards.

WCC Making Masks for Mountainside Hospital

April Executive Board Meeting Highlights

At the Executive Board meeting of the Women’s club of Caldwell held on Monday April 6, 2020 two resolutions were passed that will positively impact our local community.  The Women’s Club of Caldwell will be donating $500.00 to the West Essex First Aid squad and $1000.00 the Caldwell Food Pantry. It is hoped that these funds will help to ease some of the challenges that  each organization is facing during this current pandemic.

The club is actively involved in making protective face masks for use by organizations in  our local community and neighboring organizations.

WCC Donates to the Borough of Caldwell Department of Human Services

On February 13, 2020, a few members of the Women’s Club of Caldwell were happy to gather at the Borough of Caldwell – Department of Human Services to present a $5,000 donation to the Local Assistance Board – Welfare Fund.
Program Director Maria Burak explained, “The Local Assistance Board (LAB)- Welfare Fund – relies on donations to help local citizens in emergencies. We’ve had an increase in applications this winter and this donation will help a lot of people. Thank you to the members of the Women’s Club of Caldwell for the generous donation.”
Women’s Club of Caldwell has been serving the community for over 100 years.
Pictured from left Jeanette DePalma WCC Communications, Carol Crump and Nancy Howley WCC Civic Engagement and Outreach, Alicia DiMonte WCC Vice President, Diane Nestor-McMahon WCC President LAB member June Cowell and LAB Director Maria Burak. (Photo credit: Janet Markman)
After the Borough of Caldwell consolidated the General Assistance program with the Essex County Program in 2011 the Local Assistance Board continued to help local residents in need. In addition to the Welfare Fund the LAB established the Caldwell Food Pantry in 2009. The fund is used to help people who are in times of trouble and have no other place to turn. Funds help people who do not qualify for the traditional social service programs. Most of the referrals come from local schools, churches and police departments. LAB Volunteers review letters from applicant’s regarding their needs, and the applicant’s plan of action before deciding to help or not. The LAB – Welfare Fund depends on contributions to help Caldwell citizens in emergencies. For more information or to donate to the Welfare Fund, please contact Maria Burak at 973-403-4623 or

Martin Luther King Celebration

On January 20, 2020, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service our club, in cooperation with the West Caldwell Library, ran a community service project making fleece hats and scarves for children and women in need at Oasis in Paterson. Individuals from the public and club members cut out and sewed sets of hats and scarves in a variety of sizes (toddler to adult medium). A total of 38 hat and scarf sets and an additional 33 individual hats were made. Each hat or hat and scarf set was bagged and labeled with the size. Thank you to the volunteers and to the West Caldwell Library for providing the room and sewing machines for volunteers to use.

Donated Nightlights for the Court Appointed Student Advocacy Program (CASA)

Jane Mackey. Liberty District VP of NJSFWC is thankful to the women who donated nightlights for CASA. Women’s clubs in the area have also been collecting backpacks, sweat suits, art supplies, Boxtops for Education and sewing kits.

Thank you for your efforts.

The NJ Assembly and Senate have passed the bills authorizing release of funding for the Grover Cleveland Visitors Center and Governor Murphy has signed them as of today. It is believed that your calls and messages helped encourage this outcome. Thank you for your efforts.

Read for the Record

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.


Day of Service – Embrella

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.


A group of six women from WCC volunteered at Oasis, on October 28th. The club sponsored the lunch and the WCC 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:

Jefferson Elementary Garden

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.

Triangle Garden

Members of our conservation committee beautified the triangle at Brookside and Westville Ave. which our club maintains. The Coneflowers now in full bloom

Casa Project

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.