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.

  

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.

The Westport Woman’s Club is accepting grant proposals for 2018-2019 from Fairfield County non-profit organizations.  Proposals are being accepted until Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Grant Application Form.


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


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.


Westport
Community Events

WWC members MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer – October 2018

On Sunday, October 14th, Westport Woman’s Club members and friends raised funds and participated in the American Cancer Society’s MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park. This annual Fairfield County fundraising event draws thousands of participants. Thanks to WWC member Audrey Rabinowitz for organizing our club’s participation again this year.  Link to westportnow post:  

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 2016.

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2018 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

In May 2018, a total of $30,000 was awarded by the WWC Community Services Committee to an array of local and deserving charities. 


CHILDREN

Adam J. Lewis Preschool
Child Advocates of Southwestern CT
Child & Family Guidance Center
Family & Children’s Agency
Tiny Miracles
Urban Impact of Bridgeport
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club


FOOD & HOUSING

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Homes with Hope
Person-to-Person
Westport Human Services


SENIORS

Elderhouse
Westport Project Go


HEALTH & SAFETY

Breast Cancer Emergency Aid

Cancer Care
Domestic Violence Crisis
Human Services Council
Liberation Programs
Positive Directions
Visiting Nurses


EDUCATION

Caroline House

CLASP
Mercy Learning Center
Young Life / Young Lives
Intake
Westport Historical Society

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2018 Ruegg Grant

2018 Ruegg Grant Award of $1,200 went to Wakeman Town Farm for the purchase of an innovative Mobile Chicken Coop that aids in soil fertilization.