The Westport Woman's Club

Community Services

 

 

 

SERVICE has been the hallmark of the WWC from the very beginning in 1907 and still is today.

Community Services Group 2014

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Over the years an amazing and impressive number of hours and dollars have been generously given by countless WWC members to improve the lives of their neighbors, both in Westport and greater Fairfield County. The Community Services Committee exemplifies the core mission of the WWC and all members are automatically members. It is also the vehicle through which WWC grants to area non-profit organizations are vetted and approved each year. In addition, the many service projects that the WWC members currently participate in are all under the auspices of this key committee. The Community Services Committee work falls into three main areas: Grants, Scholarships and Service Projects.

Community Services Grants Committee:  The work of the Committee is reviewing grant applications and overseeing the many volunteer projects that the WWC participates in.

 Scholarships:  “The first scholarship was awarded in 1925, and each year thereafter a special scholarship committee consulted with the principal of Staples High School to decide on a designee.” The amount and number of general scholarships vary by year according to the funding available and the qualifications of the applicants.

Service Projects: 

The WWC has taken part in many different services projects since 1907.  Descriptions below of current service projects are designed to help members identify which projects they are interested in working on.

Canal Park Luncheon:  WWC members prepare a spring luncheon for residents of Canal Park, a residence in Westport for seniors and disabled singles and couples of any age.

Food Closet In 1975, the WWC started an Emergency Food Distribution Program, under the leadership of the Westport Department of Human Services, to aid town residents in need. It is now known as the Food Closet and continues to this day; over 500 bags of non-perishable food are supplied by the WWC Food Closet each year.

The WWC participated in Westport’s Beautification Day 2015 – link to article

Holiday Programs: 

Holiday Food Gift Cards:  This program provides grocery store gift cards in November and December to local residents in need of assistance.  In addition, this program reaches out to residents of assisted living facilities with a thoughtful card at holiday time.

Holiday Meals: Hot meals are provided to shut-ins on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.   The list of recipients is generated by the Westport Human Services Department and the program is funded 100% by the WWC.

Holiday Toy Drive:  This is a toy collection drive to benefit children and teens in need served by Children’s Connection in Norwalk.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk:  The 3.5 mile-walk benefits the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer and is held yearly on a Sunday in late October at Sherwood Island State Park.

Westport Community Events

Other Community Projects that the WWC has participated in recent years:

Westport Library Book Sale held twice a year and the Downtown Merchants Association’s event, Blues, Views and Barbecue Festival

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GRANT AWARDS RECIPIENTS – MAY 25, 2017

A Better Chance
CancerCarefor Kids
Caroline House
Center for Family Justice
Child and Family Guidance
Child Advocates of SW CT
Circle of Friends
CLASP Homes
CT Food Bank
Elder House
Family & Children’s Agency
Homes for Hope
Human Services/Children’s Con…..?
Klein Memorial Auditorium
Liberation Program
Mercy Learning
Northeast Comm. (?) Cycles
Person to Person
Positive Directions
TinyMiracles
Toquet Hall
Town of Westport Mentor
Town of Westport (?) Project Go
Town of Westport Senior Needs
Urban Outreach
Westport CommunityBand
Westport Library
Westport YMCA

Grant total: $30,000