Public  Issues  Community  Service  Program

CIVIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES ARE KEY COMPONENTS IN OUR LIVES

The GFWC Public Issues Community Service Program is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on the following areas:

Citizenship

Educate club members and local communities on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Use resources, including GFWC Resolutions, to increase patriotism, pride in heritage, and active community involvement.

Encourage active involvement in the legislation and regulation of issues that affect the world around you.

Attend a naturalization ceremony and give each new citizen a flag pin.

Promote classroom and member education on American heritage symbols and flag etiquette.

Military Personnel

Educate club members and local communities on needs of military families.

Advocate for legislation that supports active and veteran military personnel and their families.

Support military personnel and veterans returning to community living.

Consider projects benefiting homeless women veterans.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Educate club members and local communities on disaster readiness, recovery, and relief.

Work with law enforcement agencies and first responders to increase public awareness.

Develop community programs and coalitions to address disaster recovery and relief.

Work with local agencies to provide community training in disaster preparedness.

Participate in the national "In Case of Emergency" program (ICE) by distributing brochures and information on disaster supply kit needs.

Safety and Crime Prevention

Educate club members and local communities on home, transportation (including bicycles, rail, and air),
and internet safety.

Promote trick or treat safety and organize a Halloween "Trunk or Treat" event in your municipal parking lot.

Families park their cars and open their car trunks for trick or treaters.

Create safer homes and communities through crime prevention awareness.

Encourage "Neighborhood Watch" groups within communities.
Consider projects that address issues such as running for office; voter registration; elections; democracy; disaster preparedness; road safety; and supporting our military personnel.

IDEAS
Program ideas are endless. Below is a list of ideas on how clubs may support the Public Issues Community
Service Program.

Citizenship

Celebrate patriotism.

Visit, volunteer, and help preserve historic sites, monuments, and homes.

Promote classroom lessons on American heritage symbols.

Provide copies of The Constitution to new citizens or school classrooms.

Participate in the legislative process by encouraging qualified women to seek elected or appointed office.

Help someone study for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Visit www.USCitizenship.org.

 Create and support ways to observe the National Day of Remembrance and Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day each year.

 Hold a National Issues Forum.

 Work to promote student volunteer service requirement in schools.

 Work with local shelters for women veterans who are homeless. Provide cleaning products and hygiene essentials for these women.

Direct any questions regarding projects that do not involve GFWC partners to the Public Issues Community Service


MILITARY PERSONNEL: 2018-2020 INITIATIVE:

Women serving in our Armed Forces need our continued support while they are deployed and serving stateside. Every GFWC club is asked to include one project devoted to women in the military.


Conduct programs and projects to recognize and honor all veterans.

Volunteer at your local USO office.

Provide resources to support military families.

Assist and advocate for severely wounded, ill, or injured soldiers, veterans, and their families.

Contact Sew Much Comfort to assist them in supplying free adaptive clothing to support our wounded service members. Go to www.sewmuchcomfort.org and under "Volunteer" click "GFWC" in the drop down menu to find suggestions. See GFWC Resources in this Outline for other contact information.

Participate in the USO's "United Through Reading's Military Program." Deployed parents are videotaped
reading a book to their child and the DVD and book are then sent to the child back home. Just $10 gives a
child a bedtime story from a deployed parent.

Donate to the USO's "Operation Phone Home." The USO distributes phone cards to service members and
offers a Private Telephone Network. For $25, 70 soldiers can call home using this service.

Promote the hiring of returning veterans.

Invite returning service members to speak at club meetings and community forums.

Sponsor baby showers for women assigned to nearby military bases.

Contact USO (See GFWC Resources in this Outline) to learn about the USO2GO kits through which USO
delivers everything from toiletries to art supplies to snacks to troops in remote and restricted areas.

Contact the USO for more information on how you can participate in support of our troops and their
families.

Donate "Mommy Bags" to a military hospital for new mothers who are veterans. Contents can be lotion,
bath gel, nail polish, stationery, candy, etc.

Contact your local Fisher House, offer to provide food for a special event or sponsor a party for children
staying there while visiting a parent.

Make up "Thank You, Your Bill Has Been Paid" cards and give them to club members who give them to soldiers in restaurants after they have paid the soldier's bill.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Partner with local health organizations to sponsor First Aid and CPR classes and programs.

Work with local agencies to provide community training programs on disaster preparedness. Educate
communities on the need for preparedness provisions.

Sponsor a program for members to develop a Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for their homes.

Build a kit for disaster preparedness.

Learn about opportunities to get involved and expand resources for first responders.

Provide in-kind and financial assistance to disaster victims. Consider supporting the GFWC Disaster

Urge members and town residents to help first responders identify health issues, allergies, or medical
problems so accident victims can be treated by keeping medical and emergency information in an envelope
with a big red "X" on it in their glove compartments.

Safety and Crime Prevention

Work with local fire departments to provide fire safety awareness. Establish an awareness campaign to
remind community members to change batteries in smoke detectors when clocks change back between
standard and daylight savings time.

Sponsor community programs on home fire drills, safe storage of combustibles, and special safety concerns
for children and older adults.

Get involved with local National Night OutTM events. Register, at no charge, and receive the NNO
resource kit.

Develop safety programs that identify children riding in car seats. Whether information is on the car seat or
placed in the glovebox, in the event of an accident, responders and rescue personnel have access to medical
and emergency information on those passengers who are too young to share the necessary information.

Work with local law enforcement officials, neighborhood coalitions, and civic groups on crime
prevention programs.

Promote vehicle safety. Work with local officials and schools to encourage driver training and safe driving
seminars for young and mature drivers.

Sponsor community programs on special safety and crime prevention concerns for young children and older
adults. Distribute stickers to local florists to be affixed to corsage boxes for the Spring Prom. The sticker stated,  "Think of your future. Think of your date. Now think before making a fatal mistake. Don't drink and drive."

GFWC RESOURCES

Sew Much Comfort
Contact: Michele Cuppy, President and CFO
13805 Frontier Lane
Burnsville, MN 55337
E: mmc.cuppy@comcast.net
P: 952-431-6233
W: www.SewMuchComfort.org
F:
https://facebook/sewmuchcomfort

United Service Organizations (USO)
Contact: Susan Cleveland,
Regional Development Manager
2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22201
E: scleveland@uso.org
P: 571-212-6872
W: www.USO.org