Education & Libraries CSP

CHAIRMAN

Judy Schwambach                1618 Bennet Street, Laureldale, PA 19605-2739

610.929.8674 schwambacj@comcast.net

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN

EASTERN HOBY:                      Lois Robinson                        1000 Betcher Road, Collegeville 19426

610-716-6064 drloisdrobinson1@gmail.com

CENTRAL HOBY:                  Carol Foley
21 Wagner St. East Hummelstown 17036-9117

717.566.0637             cfoleye@aol.com

WESTERN HOBY:                      Melissa Somerville                  305 Star Grille Road, Cabot, PA 16023-9766

724.352.2604 msmelis949@zoominternet.net

Affiliates

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. For more than five decades, HOBY has been inspiring young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community.
Visit our HOBY page for more information.

Contact your local school district now to find creative ways to help schools in this time of great need!

Education & Libraries CSP

Many of the needs of Pennsylvania students can no longer be met by local district budgets.

Now is an excellent time for women’s clubs to supplement funding. Volunteers can be computer users, materials collectors, program facilitators, classroom helpers, or individual tutors.

Or – simply make a financial donation and let teachers and staff decide how to put the money to best use.

In the past, schools have used the donated dollars to pay for a classroom of computers for elementary children. Another purchase was small musical instruments for third graders. At the high school level, financial support is making it possible for students to take advanced testing in preparation for college entrance.

Students need pens, pencils, crayons, markers, and books.  Your club can do a school version of Jared Boxes.  The children also need lunches and snacks.

Historically, scholarships have been given to students attending four-year colleges. Times have changed dramatically. Choose students who are going to attend 2- or 4 -year programs at a Career and Technology Center or those who opt for a Community College. Ask your local school guidance department for help in finding students and schools.

Don’t forget about HOBY. This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for students to work towards becoming leaders in our society. Contact your school district to obtain the name of a sophomore who is a good candidate. Your club may pay part or full cost for your student ambassador.

Ways to Support the Schools

Provide back-to-school supplies (Most schools have lists of required supplies.)    

Ask school librarians what they need.

Or check on your school’s website.         

Share teachers’ projects with club members. 

Gather community support.

Sponsor a “Cool to be in School” Program to honor students who are doing well.

Donate equipment, playgrounds, classrooms, and monetary donations towards field trips, or school projects.

Connect with Affiliates

HOBY

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

OPERATION SMILE

PCAA

ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S

RESEARCH HOSPITAL

UNF SHOT @ LIFE CAMPAIGN

UNICEF USA

STEM FOR HER

READ ACROSS AMERICA

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

REACH OUT AND READ

EPSILON SIGMA OMICRON:

Epsilon Sigma Omicron is an honorary educational society open to all per-capita dues paying GFWC members.  ESO provides clubwomen with a structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement. ESO materials are available online at www.gfwc.org/what-we-do/community-service-programs/epsilon-sigma-omicron.

There are several ways to support ESO activities and membership within your club, including:

  • Establish reading groups for study and discussion

  • Sponsor a book-signing event

  • Work with your local library or book store in reading to children events

HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP (HOBY)

Since 1958, more than 425,000 students have begun their leadership journey with HOBY. Annually, more than 10,000 high school students from across the country and around the world participate in HOBY programs.  Visit their website at www.hoby.org.  Support HOBY by:

  • Volunteering at the events

  • Providing gifts-in-kind

  • Sponsoring students to attend a HOBY program

HOBY is something very near and dear to my heart, as I am a 1998 HOBY alumnus.  HOBY changed and impacted my life in many ways; It was through HOBY that I learned about GFWC and what lead me to join federation.  I love sharing my HOBY experience, so if you or your club would be interested in learning more please let me know!

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

Albert Einstein

Join a Club Near You

Reach out to our membership chairman for help finding a club near you.

For general inquiries, contact Headquarters below or the Chairman of a specific program or advancement area.

GFWC Pennsylvania Headquarters

4076 Market Street, Ste 211
Camp Hill, PA 17011-4200

T: 717-901-5095
gfwcpaclubs@comcast.net

Membership Chairman

Mary Fenstermacher
4348 Wendy Way
Schwenksville, PA 19473-2093

T: 610.489.2937  m80fenstermacher@gmail.com

GFWC Headquarters

1734 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

T:  202-347-3168
F:  202-835-0246
www.gfwc.org