Burlington Junior Woman's Club

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BURLINGTON JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB

Serving Alamance County Since 1956.

Thank you for visiting our site! The Burlington Junior Woman's Club is a community service organization based in Alamance County, North Carolina. We are part of several larger organizations, including the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 

The women in our club work together to support various local, national, and international endeavors. Our club meets the first Wednesday of every month (excluding July) at the John Robert Kernodle Senior Activities Center on Mebane Street in Burlington. The meetings begin promptly at 6:30 P.M..

The Burlington Junior Woman's Club can be reached directly via email at: bjwclub@gmail.com.

You are welcome to donate to our club via CashApp ($BurlingtonJuniors) or PayPal (bjwclub@gmail.com).

 

About BJWC

The Burlington Junior Woman's Club was organized on October 3, 1956 with 30 charter members. Community service has continued to be BJWC's main interest and projects adopted over the years reflect the needs of the community and society. GFWC BJWC is a member in Good Standing of the GFWC-NC and has received statewide recognition for participating in several Federation projects. The club qualified as an Honor Club in 1958 and has maintained that status throughout the years. 

 

BJWC's First Project: The first project adopted by the club was to carry lunches from a city school to the Grace School for the Trainable Child located in a local church. The project continued through 1962 when the special school was moved to Glencoe School.

 

2014-2015: The President’s theme was “Unlock Your Potential”. We had about 23 active members this year. We continued with our usual club projects. We hosted our 4th annual Yard Sale for Project Shoes. We also celebrated our 4th TATA Trot event with Little Pink Houses of Hope. It continues to get bigger each year. We also hosted a Halloween Theme Zumbathon at the Skating Rink as our Fall Fundraiser. We really broaden our Paint Alamance Pink Campaign and painted thousands of pinkies pink to help raise awareness for “TV Tip Overs”. We hosted a “baby needs baby shower” for the Alamance County Health Dept. We supplied refreshments and help work the Spring and Fall Special Populations Dances. This club year was also a “crafty year”…we made no sew octopi and monster pillows for Family Abuse Services to give to children in need. We also crafted an “Olaf snowman” sock friends and gave them to the local police stations to, again, give to children in need they come in contact with. We created a new Facebook page for the club and posted lots of information about the club and awareness type information. We currently have over 200 “likes”!

2016-2018: For the last two years, the Club has focused on empowering and making financial contributions to local organizations. The Club has assisted with beginning multiple new initiatives throughout Alamance County including the Healthy Alamance Senior Discount Program at the North Park Farmer’s Market, the Woman2Woman Project, the Little Free Library program, and by participating in the first annual Burnett’s Chapel Community Day. At each of our monthly meetings, we have at least one local organization speak to us regarding our theme for the month and we typically provide donations to that organization at that time. Recent contributions have been to Allied Churches of Alamance County, Our Sister’s House, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell. The theme for the 2017-2018 Club year is “Be A Seed for Change.” With this theme in mind, our club continues to search for ways in which we can affect change and impact lives throughout Alamance County and the state of North Carolina.

2018 – 2019: The theme for the 2018 – 2019 club year was “Bloom Where You are Planted,” which embodied the club’s plan to focus our efforts on local initiatives and endeavors to improve and better support the Alamance County community. Club members chose to focus on three areas of local need: Food Security, Education, and Healthy Families. Our activities centered around these three areas of need and bringing state and national endeavors to fruition locally. Members worked together to donate supplies to the students and Classroom Teachers at Graham Middle School, to donate supplies for children and advocates at CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center as part of Advocates for Children Week, to coordinate a women’s food drive for the Southern Alamance Family Empowerment food ministry, to host multiple Project Shoes fundraisers, to provide Christmas gifts to adults under guardianship in Alamance County, to provide Christmas gifts for young adults that are still in Foster Care in Alamance County, to collect coats and other necessities as part of our Coats4Kids Campaign, to participate in the second annual Woman2Woman Project, and to host our eighth annual TATA Trot. In addition to our community work, the Burlington Juniors had the opportunity to work closely with various community leaders to raise awareness about many different community projects and to induct five new club members.

 

Our Projects

Project Shoes

Email Project Shoes Committee: bjwcprojectshoes@gmail.com

This is one of our signature projects, which  was adopted by the General Federation of Woman's Clubs, as well as BJWC, in 1993. We provide shoes and/or socks to identified children in our local community based on referrals made by School Social Workers, the Department of Social Services, and/or other local agencies. We want to be certain that the recommendations made are for children that are truly in need of our help; however, we will not require proof of the family's income or need. We will act solely based upon the referring party's good judgment.

The Project Shoes Request & Referral Form is available here. Please email the completed form to bjwcprojectshoes@gmail.com.

Please allow us 5 - 7 days to purchase the shoes. Once the shoes have been purchased, arrangements for pick up or drop off will be made based on the instructions provided on the referral form. It will be up to agency or school staff to deliver the shoes to the child or the child's family. For the confidentiality of those involved, we do not deal directly with the families receiving shoes through this program.

Woman2Woman Project

Email BJWC: bjwclub@gmail.com

The Woman2Woman Project began in conjunction with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January 2018. After being made aware of the need for feminine hygiene products for the less fortunate and/or transient population in Alamance County, the Burlington Juniors chose to partner with the Greater Alamance Woman’s Club to provide emergency feminine hygiene products to women and adolescent girls who were receiving assistance from the Allied Churches of Alamance County Emergency Night Shelter, Our Sister’s House (a local domestic violence shelter), and the Southern Alamance Family Empowerment ministry (S.A.F.E.). The Burlington Junior Woman’s Club provided products to benefit 175 of the approximately 345 women and adolescent girls who are assisted by the aforementioned agencies each month.

International Outreach & Public Issues

Email IO/PI Committee: bjwc.iopi@gmail.com

This committee is responsible for the promotion of projects that raise awareness to the membership and our county's residents regarding world issues. Past projects sponsored by this committee have included: Operation Christmas Child, Adopt a Solider, making donations to Heifer International, and making donations to Operation Smile. Current projects include: supporting Family Abuse Services and their local domestic violence shelter, raising voter awareness, coordinating donation efforts for the Southern Alamance Family Empowerment Food Ministry, and working with Healthy Alamance to address concerns of food insecurity throughout Alamance County.

Conservation/Community Improvement

Email CIP Committee Members: bjwc.conservation@gmail.com

This committee is responsible for projects that promote improving our environment as well as educating members on conservation methods. A signature project of the committee is the Adopt-A-Highway program. BJWC was responsible for cleaning the roads at and around St. Mark's Church from 1992 until 2017.

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 was our monthly sponsorship of a meal at the Allied Churches of Alamance County'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 (Camp Green Leaves), providing landscaping services for group homes and the elderly, as well as assisting with builds for Habitat for Humanity. This Program works in conjunction with the Conservation Committee.

Arts & Education

Email Arts & Education Committee: bjwc.arts@gmail.com

This committee is responsible for assisting with the Arts Festival that you may have seen on display at the Holly Hill Mall. This festival is hosted 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 Committee is responsible for the promotion of educational projects for children throughout Alamance County. Projects that have been sponsored by this committee in the past 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. This committee works in conjunction with the Arts Committee.

 

Presently, the Education Committee focuses on supply drives for local schools, maintaining our Little Free Library, and selecting recipients for the Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship. Additional information about these endeavors may be obtained by contacting us at bjwc.arts@gmail.com or at bjwclub@gmail.com.

 

Club Membership

The Burlington Junior Woman's Club meets the first Wednesday of every month (excluding July) at the John Robert Kernodle Senior Activities Center on Mebane Street in Burlington. The meetings begin promptly at 6:30 pm. If you would like someone to contact you about becoming a member, please email us at bjwclub@gmail.com and/or submit a Provisional Membership Application here

The obligations of the provisional membership are as follows:

All provisional members must participate in the orientation program, which will allow them to become fully acquainted with the obligations and responsibilities of club membership. Applications and dues must be submitted by the deadline established by the Board. Provisional members must attend General Meetings and earn merits based on a pro‐rated schedule as determined by the Second Vice President. They must attend club events (excludes social events), and perform department/committee works. Pro‐rated dues are payable with the submission of the application. Provisional members shall be active members after completing provisional requirements. Provisional members are required to attend at least one Board meeting during their first year of membership in the club (excluding the August Board meeting). All new provisional members will be installed at the May banquet, upon meeting the provisional member obligations. 

 

Contact Us

Burlington Junior Woman's Club
PO Box 2584
Burlington, NC 27216-2584

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