Wake Forest Woman's Club, Wake Forest, N.C.
The Wake Forest Woman’s Club is the Wake Forest, N.C., member club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an 80,000-member international organization founded in 1890 and dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Our members work in the local community and in the state federation, the GFWC-NC, to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement and work toward world peace and understanding.
To those ends, we partner with and support other like-minded groups and organizations. The Wake Forest Woman's Club has been active in the community since 1961, but many projects are selected annually. Our partners over the past three years are listed alphabetically below. Each name links to the organizations’ own websites, and descriptions were adapted from material found on those websites.
- American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood in the U.S. and is a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply.
- Backpack Buddies of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, at Wake Forest High School is designed to provide children from low-income households with 10-12 pounds of nutritious kid-friendly groceries for the weekend, when free school lunches and breakfasts are not provided.
- Brookdale Senior Assisted Living is a senior living community offering Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.
- Brown Bag Ministry by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church has as its mission to provide simple brown bag lunches and basic necessities to the people in our community who are in need, homeless or otherwise.
- Carillon Assisted Living is an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community for seniors.
- CHERUBS/CDHi helps families of babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia by providing support services, promoting research and raising awareness. The organization was founded in Wake Forest.
- ChurchNet Foundation provides emergency financial assistance with utility costs and prescription medicine needs for individuals in Wake Forest, Youngsville and Rolesville.
- Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.
- Community Connections Garden at Wake Forest Baptist Church “connects people to their neighbors, the land and God by using sustainable agriculture to provide fresh, local food for the hungry.”
- The Crayon Initiative recycles unwanted crayons, many from restaurants, by making new ones and donating them to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations that are invested in children.
- CROP Hunger Walk is one of many similar community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
- Dream League is a Wake Forest baseball league designed for children with special needs, ages 5 through young adult.
- Embrace Uganda, founded in Wake Forest in 2007, aims to encourage and empower a generation of Uganda orphans one village at a time, by founding schools and providing clean water wells.
- First Vote NC, formerly Kids Voting NC, engages young people in the democratic process by conducting simulation elections.
- From Ewe to You provides assistance to those in need in the community by donating crocheted or knitted items to shelters and to patients in local hospitals, as well as by collecting and distributing food, clothing and personal items in partnership with other community organizations.
- Habitat for Humanity of Wake County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- Heifer International works to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
- Hillside Nursing and Rehab is a health-care provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living and outpatient rehabilitation services. Its mission is to provide residents and their families with exceptional care, service, and support in order to enrich their lives in a respectful and dignified manner.
- The Lions Club is an international service organization that works to prevent blindness and improve eye health and eye care through programs including vision screening and recycling eyeglasses.
- The Lodge at Wake Forest is a senior living community that provides security, comfort and value to independent seniors seeking a fulfilling lifestyle.
- Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals, safety checks and friendly visits to the community’s most vulnerable seniors.
- Murdoch Developmental Center provides services and support to local people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, complex behavioral challenges and/or medical conditions requiring a residential environment.
- National Osteoporosis Foundation is dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.
- North Eastern Regional Business Alliance is a group of community members who support middle and high schools in North Eastern Wake County.
- Northern Regional Center of Wake County offers social and health services including immunizations, child health, prenatal care, home visiting nurses, food and nutrition services, work and energy assistance programs.
- Northern Wake Senior Center offers Wake County adults age 55 and older a full schedule of recreational activities, social events and educational classes.
- Note in the Pocket believes it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. It provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
- Operation Smile is an international medical charity with the goal to provide life-changing surgery for children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate in remote locations around the world.
- PATH, Partners Against Trafficking of Humans in North Carolina is a group of concerned organizations and citizens who work together to raise public awareness and to foster actions of prevention through collaboration to end human trafficking in all its forms.
- Pretty in Pink Foundation provides financial assistance and support to underinsured and uninsured North Carolinians who have breast cancer.
- Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society has fundraising events in local communities across the globe to fight back against cancer.
- Rise Against Hunger, formerly Stop Hunger Now, is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources in its goal to end hunger by 2030.
- Ryan Epps Home for Children in Michaud, Haiti, was launched by Horne Memorial United Methodist Church in Clayton, N.C. It cares for about 30 children who were orphaned or whose parents could not care for them. It also provides a school for more than 180 students, adult education, sewing classes and a medical clinic.
- Safe Space Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is committed to reducing relationship violence in Franklin County and nearby communities.
- The Shore Grief Center provides peer-based grief support groups for children, teens and adults who have experienced the death of someone important in their lives.
- Shot at Life by the United Nations Foundation partners with Walgreens pharmacies in “Get a shot. Give a shot.” to provide life-saving vaccines for families in developing countries.
- SING - Wake Forest: The Senior Information & Networking Group of Wake Forest provides a comprehensive resource for nonprofit and for-profit senior-focused organizations in the Town of Wake Forest. The Wake Forest Woman's Club is part of SING.
- Society of St. Andrew, North Carolina Regional Office, has a volunteer-driven gleaning network that coordinates local farmers, volunteers and food-providing agencies to salvage more than 5 million pounds of fresh produce from harvested fields for the hungry each year.
- Touched by HOPE by Hope Lutheran Church is an annual clinic that provides medical, dental and optical care, as well as haircuts, clothing and food, free of charge.
- The Town of Wake Forest offers many community events, including Dirt Day, Arbor Day, Meet in the Street, the Charity Car Show, Fourth of July and Art in the Park, Spooktacular, Tree Lighting, Historic Homes Christmas Tour and the Christmas Parade.
- Toys for Tots, of The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, has as its primary goal to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The Wake Forest Fire Dept. stations are collection points for the event.
- Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is a nonprofit, nondenominational, volunteer-run organization with a mission to provide food to eligible citizens in the Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville areas.
- UNICEF provides children and families access to safe water and sanitation while promoting safe hygiene in over 100 countries.
- United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative is committed to accelerating action on girls’ education to realize, by 2030, “a world where all girls and boys are empowered through quality education to realize their full potential and contribute to transforming societies where general equality becomes a reality.”
- USO of RDU Center serves active-duty military members, their families and retired military service members who are traveling through the airport. As the arrival/departure point for North Carolina’s six major military bases, RDU welcomes nearly 2,000 service members each month.
- Wake County Public School System serves 160,000 students. The system urges members of the community to get involved in the schools as tutors and in other capacities, “to help us better serve all of our students.”
- Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce has as its mission to represent business, serve the community and enhance the quality of life. It strives to be a powerful and effective advocate and serves as a resource for businesses of all sizes. The Wake Forest Woman’s Club is a Chamber member.
- Wake Forest Arts supports and enhances a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities.
- Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club offers after-school and summer programs for youth that focus on healthy lifestyles, academic success, good character and citizenship.
- Wake Forest Community Council is dedicated to the communication of programs, events and the needs of the community. The WFWC is represented on the Council.
- Wake Forest Community Library was founded in part – like many local libraries across the nation – by the local Woman’s Club. It later joined the county library system and is currently closed for expansion and renovation.
- Wake Forest Fire Dept., protects the community by responding to an average of 300 calls a month and by promoting community well-being through events such as its annual fish fry and MDA Fill the Boot program.
- Wake Forest High School Juniorettes is sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club and is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Its objectives are to contribute to a meaningful community life, to become aware of community problems and how they can be met, and to learn the pleasures and rewards of working with a group.
- Wake Forest Historical Museum preserves and shares the history of Wake Forest College and the Town of Wake Forest.
- Wake Forest Police Dept. safeguards local lives and property and works to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the community to improve quality of life. Community programs include D.A.R.E., National Night Out, Shop with a Cop, Special Olympics and the Annual Turkey Drive.
- Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation was founded in 2009 to honor local men and women who fought in U.S. military conflicts and who were honored with the Purple Heart medal.
- Wake Soil and Water Conservation District supports local farmers and assists them in protecting the county’s natural resources. A “Friends” organization supports the work of the district.
- Women in Military Service for America Memorial is in Washington, D.C. It is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history.
- Wreaths Across America On National Wreaths Across America Day each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual veterans’ graves in over 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., with ceremonies at sea and at each of the national cemeteries on foreign soil.
- YMCA Camp High Hopes is a fully subsidized summer day camp operated through the Kerr Family YMCA for local children who qualify on a needs basis. It is held at the Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and offers sports, swim lessons, character development activities, literacy instruction and traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts and outdoor games.