Arbor Day Project
Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club celebrates births by donating to the community!
Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club observes Arbor Day by planting a tree for each baby born to a club member during the year.
Additionally, the club presents each baby with a commemorative item as a keepsake. Since this tradition began, OJWC has planted over 100 trees in local parks.
Blessings in a Backpack
The vision of the National Blessings in a Backpack organization is:
Every school-aged child in America has the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings strives to ensure children don't go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.
Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club joined this fight and works with the Oconomowoc School district to help transport food and boxes to the schools. Identified students are privately provided bags for the weekend with food for themselves and their families.
The Blessings in a Backpack program helps feed hungry kids in Waukesha County by providing support to this established national program.
Books for Grand-babies
When a clubwoman is blessed with a grandchild, OJWC donates a children's book to the Oconomowoc Library.
Our Books for Grand-babies program donates a children's book to the Oconomowoc Library for each grandchild born to a current member.
Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention
GFWC’s aim for the Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Project is to increase member understanding about and involvement in programs to decrease violence in communities and across the nation. The goal is to make a positive change in families and communities, concentrating on the areas of partner abuse, child/teen abuse, and elder abuse by leaving a legacy of change in our communities.
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.
Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten in the U.S. – U.S. Dept. of Justice
1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.
The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
For more information: http://www.thehotline.org/get-educated/what-is-domestic-violence/
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice and http://www.domesticabuseproject.com/get-educated/statistics/.
Family of the Month
We help set-up families in a stable home environment with furniture and other essentials.
Hands of Change
Hands for Change is our intermediate school level volunteer club. OJWC members serve as mentors to these groups at Silver Lake and Nature Hill Intermediate Schools.
The goal of the club is to teach the importance of volunteering in your community. OJWC also offers start up funds to help the students with their initial project ideas. Past activities include playing bingo with the residents at Shorehaven and organizing fundraisers and drives for causes that are important to the students.
Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest
This committee organizes the local portion of the GFWC WI art contest for 7th and 8th grade students. This contest honors the memory of WI born sculptor, Helen Farnsworth Mears.
Implemented at the GFWC-WI club, district, and state levels, this annual juried art contest for 7th and 8th grade public, private, and home-schooled students is unique to GFWC-WI. The contest was begun in 1927 to honor the memory of this great Oshkosh born sculptor to encourage artistic talent, and to recognized the achievement of student artists.
Our club level contest is held each spring for 7th and 8th grade students who reside in the Oconomowoc Area School District. Information packets are sent each spring to all public and private schools in the OASD geographical area. Interested home-schooled students can contact us to receive an entry packet as well.
Artwork that is entered in OJWC's contest is displayed at the Oconomowoc Public library in early spring.
Jane Mulcahy Senior Assist Memorial Fund
This project seeks ways to enhance the lives of area senior citizens.
This fund was named in memory of club member, Jane Mulcahy, who had a passion for helping the senior population in our community. OJWC continues Jane's work by budgeting and donating funds to address needs of area seniors.
Recent donations include providing drug store gift cards to cover co-pays for senior prescriptions and purchasing transportation vouchers to help seniors get to appointments.
Juniors Care for Kids
Juniors Care for Kids purchases school supplies, coats, boots and/or shoes that are requested by OASD staff members for children in need.
Juniors Care for Kids is a program to help provide school supplies and winter apparel to students in need in the Oconomowoc Area School District.
We purchase supplies, coats, boots, and/or shoes that are requested by OASD staff members for children in need.
If your family or someone you know has children that could possibly benefit from our program, please contact your Oconomowoc School District school counselor.
Founded in 2009, our Kids' Brush outdoor art event provides local elementary artists the opportunity to create art inspired by nature.
Kids' Brush has been held at many beautiful local venues-- Fowler Park, Riverside Park, Mapleton Community Center, Roosevelt Park, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, and Serenity Farm.
The young artists and their families spend the afternoon painting, drawing, and enjoying nature. Each artist selects one of their masterpieces to be displayed at the Oconomowoc Public Library during Oconomowoc's Art Festival week.
Kids Who Can
Kids Who Can is our elementary school program.
Our committee plans and promotes service events for elementary age children and their families to teach young children the importance of volunteering.
Students 4 Service
Students 4 Service was established in 2002 as a service group for Oconomowoc High School students.
The goal of the group is to give OHS students the opportunity to identify and carry out volunteer projects that are meaningful to them and follow their interests.
OJWC members act as mentors and provide information and guidance as needed. The group is advised by one or two teachers at the high school and is student led otherwise.
OJWC supports up to five scholarships every year to graduating seniors who apply.