Who We Are

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Pennsylvania (GFWC Pennsylvania) is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) – one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organizations.  Members include business owners, teachers, homemakers, elected officials, corporate executives, college students, high school students and retirees.  Although there is considerable diversity in the ages, interests and experiences of GFWC members, all are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.

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Our Mission

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. The objective of the Federation is to unite the influence and interest of Pennsylvania women to promote legislative, civic, educational, moral and social measures.

Membership

GFWC Pennsylvania was organized on October 29, 1895, at the New Century Club in Philadelphia, and was admitted the same year to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which was organized in 1890.

Our State Federation with approximately 2, 500 members in 78 clubs has been the greatest force among women in the Commonwealth to create differences.  GFWC has thousands of clubs in communities large and small across the United States and internationally.

What We Have Achieved

Dollars donated to Women's Medical College

Dollars donated in 1950's to restore first floor of Independence Hall

Monies raised in 1990's that helped remove Independence Hall complex from the endangered list of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Acres of prime forestland purchased, now a part of the Allegheny National Forest.

Dollars donated to educate women to better care for themselves, both mentally and physically

Dollars contributed for Pennsylvania forest preservation

Dollars donated In the 1980's U.S. Olympics to train and prepare hopeful athletes.

Quilts provided to Operation Smile through a cooperative effort of the Arts and International Affairs Departments

  • Created an exhibit on women’s volunteer history at the State Museum, “Celebrate Women – 100 Years of Service”

  • Through CARE, financed construction of four schools in Central and South America.

  • Raised funds for childhood cancer research and education, the American Heart Association, learning disabilities and literacy.

  • Conducted a tissue and organ donor public awareness program entitled “The Power of One”.

  • Supported Habitat for Humanity throughout Pennsylvania and made contributions to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • “Enrich, Educate, Empower – Every Child Every Day”
    • Supported 2006-08 State President’s Project, “HUGS & KISSES”, which benefited children at risk.

    • Supported GFWC President’s Project, “Domestic Violence”, including donating of money and needed items to Domestic Violence shelters.

    • “Dangerous Invasions” educated members in controlling invading plant species.

    • Assisted food banks throughout Pennsylvania with financial support as well as providing needed items

    • Supported GFWC Pennsylvania State President’s Project, “Libraries: The Building Blocks of Tomorrow”, donating thousands of dollars to local libraries.

Why Belong to GFWC PA?

Membership in GFWC Pennsylvania is an excellent choice for any woman seeking to be involved in the volunteer movement.  GFWC Pennsylvania has an outstanding history of service in numerous areas providing many advantages to members, such as:

  • Opportunities for friendship

  • Change to: enrich our neighborhoods.

  • Diversified interests

  • Avenues for worthwhile service

  • Leadership training

  • Opportunities to mold public opinion

As in individual club, you are established in your community as a volunteer organization that has accomplished much but being a part of an international organization helps you have a greater impact, a broader scope and the ability to accomplish much more.

How Do We Work?

Individual clubs within their own communities accomplish most of the important achievements, with GFWC fulfilling its purpose of providing information, inspiration and leadership.

Through five Community Service Programs – Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement & Outreach, Education & Libraries, Environment, Health & Wellness and – we have worked successfully in such areas as:

Creative Arts & Arts in the Community

Resource Conservation & Beautification

Education, Libraries & Literacy

Helping Hands / Children at Risk

Habitat for Humanity

Women’s Health & Financial Issues

Food Banks

International Understanding

Operation Smile & Heifer International

Domestic Violence Awareness

Citizenship / Veterans / Our Troops

Safety Issues for All Americans

Substance Abuse Prevention

Invasive Plant Species

Through Special Projects and Committees we have worked successfully in areas such as: Leadership, Legislation & Public Policy, Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention, Fundraising and Women’s History.

2020-2022

GFWC Pennsylvania Officers

Sandy has been an active member of the federation for more than 36 years. She joined the GFWC Dillsburg Woman’s Club in 1980.  Read more..

Sandy Hauenstein

President

Donna has been an active member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for 30 years. She joined the GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club in 1990. Read more…

Donna Malone

2nd Vice President

Sue has been a member of GFWC Abington Heights Civic League, Inc. since 1989. Read more…

Sue O'Day

Treasurer

Heide joined GFWC in 1991. On the club and county levels, she has been a project chairman, board member, and held most all the offices. Read more…

Heide Cebrick

1st Vice President

Susan has been a member of GFWC Warrior Run Woman’s Club for 24 years. She has served at the club level as Recording Secretary, Vice-President, and President. Read more…

Susan Kling

Secretary

It’s a volunteer thing!®

-GFWC

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