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Community Service Programs are aligned with the goals and objectives of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC). In July 2020, the programs were renamed and objectives updated.

  • Arts and Culture (formerly Arts) – Art is essential to the quality of life! The Arts and Clunture Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support arts activities in all communities. It is designed to inspire clubwomen and ignite within them a desire to make their world a more beautiful place. Create programs and projects that include music, dance, drama, theatre, and other arts-related areas, both traditional and innovative. The artistic experience can be outward reaching or for inner satisfaction. In other words, create an artistic experience that involves all programs and projects.

    In 2019-20, the Arts program had a busy year by off showing off the talents of our “crafty” members and by offering plays and concerts for the “theater going” members. This year our “crafty” members decorated Christmas Stockings for Rotary Club distribution, made greeting cards for our military, learned to decorate Easter Eggs with Tangles and painted birdhouses for Meals on Wheels. We had a fundraiser that sent 50+ sock "cupcakes" to Meals on Wheels and HOPE's HENS.
  • Environment (formerly Conservation) – The Environment Community Service Program encourages awareness of our natural resources and caring for the world around us. Through preservation, maintenance, and restoration of our natural resources, it strives to educate members about the importance of beautifying our communities; preserving, maintaining, and restoring natural resources; and stimulating citizen action to address these concerns. Our natural resources include, but are not limited to, water, trees, plants, air, land, and wildlife.
  • Education and Libraries (formerly Education) – The Education and Libraries Community Service Program works to improve literacy and education awareness in communities at home and around the world.

    In 2019-20, the Education program donated food to Lawton, Stenstrom, and Evans elementary schools. We also collected and donated to the food banks at Jackson Heights Middle School and Hagerty and Oviedo High Schools. We started a Reading Acceleration Program at Evans Elementary and several of our members volunteer to read with 1st grade students at various elementary schools. Our members conducted a Healthy Hands program for Kindergarten, first, and second grade students to promote the proper way for students to wash their hands. Our members worked at book fairs, assisted teachers in classrooms, volunteered in the media centers and school office, and helped students with reading.

    The Oviedo Woman's Club gave $27,000 in scholarships to seniors from Oviedo High School, Hagerty High School, and college students that live in Oviedo and are continuing their educations. In 2020, we gave $15,750 in grants to Oviedo elementary, middle, and high schools for otherwise unfunded projects. One grant was to purchase microscopes for middle school science classes. The students love to look at pond water, animal cells, and plant cells. Another education grant was for kits to facilitate high school student learning of DNA replication and protein synthesis through a hands on approach. Using these models the students will be better able to demonstrate an understanding of the processes.
  • Health and Wellness (formerly Home Life) – The Health and Wellness Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.

    In 2019-20, the Home Life program worked with Education to provide support for school food pantries. Approximately 60 bags of food were delivered to Evans, Lawton, and Stenstrom elementary schools. Monthly dinners, birthday bags, and creative activities are provided to the girls' foster home.
  • International Outreach – The International Outreach Community Service program is designed to enable members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action, which will, in turn, effect change in and for our global friends and their communities.

    In 2019-20, the International Outreach program continued to support Operation Smile, Operation Christmas Child, and Love Missions. This year 228 quilts, 297 hospital gowns and 273 armbands were sewn and delivered to Operation Smile Headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Monetary donations were also collected and sent for Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip surgeries and medical supplies. OWC members continued our tradition of filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The committee collected items and packed 99 shoeboxes full of toiletries, school supplies and other useful items for children ranging in ages 10-14. Women meet monthly to sew “Freedom Bags” for Love Missions, a local organization dedicated to the abolishment of modern-day slavery through community awareness and education. This year 70 Freedom Bags were sewn and delivered to Love Missions, Sanford. Journals, pens, hygiene items, hair accessories, socks, washcloths, bears and dolls are examples of items collected and donated to fill the Freedom Bags. Globally, Love Missions travels to remote areas to restore, educate, and build safe houses. Most recently, Sunflower House for Girls was established in Guyana.
  • Civic Engagement and Outreach (formerly Public Issues) – The Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on citizenship, military personnel, emergency and disaster preparedness, and safety and crime prevention.

    In 2019-20, the Public Relations program continued to maintain the club's website and Facebook page along with stepping up the monthly news blasts about community activities. The Military and First Responder support subcommittee continued sewing neck pillows with military service recognition to the law enforcement officers and firefighters that serve our area. Pillows were also delivered to service members housed in the VA facility in Lake Nona. In addition, recognition quilts were sewn and presented to the handlers of each K-9 in our area. Members of OWC volunteered with the Oviedo Cemetery Wreaths Across America effort.
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