There are several opportunities to get involved as a member of the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club. Volunteering to join any of the Standing or Special Committees below is a great way to give back to the community.
Conservation & Community Affairs (CCA)
The Conservation and Community Affairs/Program Committee promotes the conservation of our natural surroundings, recycling of numerous household items as well as keeping membership informed about civic affairs while working for the betterment of our community. This committee is also responsible for securing a location and making all arrangements for the club’s monthly General meetings, presenting stimulating speakers or programs to the membership and coordinating refreshments to be brought to monthly General meetings, when needed. This committee also plans the May Installation Banquet.
Projects include: PADS fruit delivery, Hope's Front Door School Supply Drive, Adopt A Highway and more.
The Education Committee promotes education and awards scholarships. The goal of this committee is to keep club members current on community education issues and provide educational services to schools, the library and the children of Downers Grove, as well as educational programs for club members.
Projects include: Scholarships for District 99 Seniors, Outstanding Teacher Awards and The Junior High Art Contest.
The Membership Committee monitors all aspects of the general membership. Committee responsibilities include recruiting new members, hosting new member events, maintaining attendance records, publishing the annual Yearbook and maintaining the Club calendar. This committee also acquaints new members with our club, its procedures and projects.
Press & Publicity
This committee is responsible for informing the public of the upcoming events and accomplishments of the Club through local newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, social media and the Club’s website.
The Philanthropies Committee researches and reviews all donation requests submitted by members, committees, and organizations. When a request is received, the recipient organization or individual is investigated and, if the committee approves it, the request goes before the general membership for discussion and approval. After final approval, the committee distributes the money to the designated recipients. This committee is also responsible for the dedication of library books honoring the president as well as each baby born during the Club year.
The Social Committee plans and exclusive events for members of the organization as well as for their families including events like Pizza with Santa, Bunco Night. Summer Playdates, Book Club and more.
Ways and Means (WAM)
The Ways and Means Committee raises money to support the club’s philanthropic endeavors. Drawing on the support of the entire club, the committee plans and organizes fundraisers as voted on by the active members of club including Casino Night & Elf Shelf.
Community Improvement Project
The CIP is a two-year project headed by a special committee chairperson who researches and coordinates a particular need in the community. The project is presented at a general meeting and voted on by the active club members.
Past projects include placing a heart defibrillator at the YMCA, the RUOK Program, elevated gardens for the handicapped at Mar-duke Farms, the Heart Adventure Challenge course used by the elementary schools in Downers Grove, a Bicycle Helmet Safety Incentive Program done with the Police Department, and providing and maintaining current magazine subscriptions for patients and guests visiting Good Samaritan Hospital.
Upon completion of all of our club projects, reports are created for our records and as a reference tool for the member who chairs the project the following year. Project information is shared with other levels of Junior Woman’s Clubs through annual reports to GFWC of Illinois. Our Federation Reporting Chairman follows up with our members to assure that these reports are done, keeps tracks of the reports, and tallies and submits these reports to the GFWC.
Proceeds from the Downers Grove Handmade Market go into club’s General Fund to support our operating expenses. Members are required to work a two to three hour shift during the event. Visit the Handmade Market site.
Safety Town is a two-week program held in August and organized with the Park District and Police Department to instruct 5- and 6-year-old children in home, fire, traffic, and bicycle safety issues.
Mother & Son Gym Jam
Held in January in partnership with The Downers Grove Park District, this evening brings moms and sons together for a night of dancing and games at Downers Grove Recretation Center.