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.
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.
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.
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.
Avenues for worthwhile service
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.
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
Operation Smile & Heifer International
Domestic Violence Awareness
Citizenship / Veterans / Our Troops
Safety Issues for All Americans
Substance Abuse Prevention
Invasive Plant Species
It’s a volunteer thing!®
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.