|The projects that BJWC supports are as varied as its members. There are several projects which we have supported for many years. Some projects are brand new and we are willing to add and change projects in response to the needs of our community.
The club is comprised of several different committees which are responsible for choosing their projects on an annual basis. Some of the committees are:
** PROJECT SHOES **
This is our signature project that was adopted by the General Federation of Woman's Clubs, as well as BJWC in 1993. We provide shoes and socks to needy children in the local school system and community. THe recipients of the shoes are selected based upon recommendations from the social workers and other school staff.
Please allow us 5 - 7 days to purchase the shoes. Once the shoes have been purchased, arrangements for pick up that have been specified on the request form will be followed. It will be up to your agency staff to deliever the shoes to the child or child't family. For the confidentiality of those involved, we do not deal directly with the families themselves.
We want to be certain that the recommendations made are for those children truely in need of our help. We will not require proof of the famiy's income or need. We will act solely upon your good judgment.
** ARTS & EDUCATION **
This committee is responsible for the Arts Festival that you may have seen on display at the Holly Hill Mall. This festival is held in conjunction with the Burlington Woman's Club and is held in January. Local first place winners advance to compete at the District and State Arts Festivals where they can win monetary prizes. The Education Department is responsible for the promotion of educational projects for the public, private and home school children in Burlington. Projects that have been sponsored by this committee include: Teacher Appreciation programs during National Education Week, collection of Campbell’s soup labels and General Mills box tops for distribution to schools to assist in obtaining school supplies and computer equipment, as well as serving as hostess at the May Prom for multi categorically handicapped adults at Thataways since 1989. This committee works in conjunction with the Arts committee.
** INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH / PUBLIC ISSUES**
This committee is responsible for the promotion of projects that raise awareness to the membership regarding world issues. Projects sponsored by this committee include Operation Christmas Child, Adopt a Solider, Heifer International, and Operation Smile. Other projects include Public Safety, supporting Family Abuse Services and voter registration drives.
** CONSERVATION / COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CIP)**
This committee is responsible for projects that promote improving our environment as well as educate members on conservation methods. A signature project of the committee is the Adopt-A-Highway program. BJWC has been responsible for St. Mark's Church Road since 1992.
The Community Improvement Program is responsible for promoting projects that meet, assist and improve the varying needs of our local community. A signature project of this committee is our monthly sponsorship of a meal at the Allied
Church’s Emergency Night Shelter. Other projects that have been sponsored by this committee include serving lunches at a summer camp for multi-categorically handicapped students in the schools called Camp Green Leaves since 1994, as well as providing landscaping services for group homes, the elderly, and Habitat for Humanity. This Program works in conjunction with the Conservation committee.
** HOMELIFE **
The Home Life Community Service Program is responsible for the projects that help increase awareness of important issues such as women’s health, economic security, advocates for children and programs that improve the lives of all people. Signature projects of this committee are sponsorship of a family and an elderly couple through the Christmas Cheer program, a Sweet Heart Blood Drive at St. Marks Church, as well as a “Back to School Shower” for the students at Elon Homes for Children. Other projects sponsored in the past by the Home Life committee are Valentines Cards to the Meals on Wheels recipients, birthday cards to the children at Elon Homes, and monetary donations to Family Abuse Services.
We have even more committees but these are just a few. The Burlington Junior Woman's Club gets the job done!