SERVICE TO OTHERS
SSWC provides “Service to Others” through six department areas. Here is a sampling of the myriad of projects that the group has participated in over the years.
ARTS: Members have juried local high school student exhibits. As a result, students have been encouraged to submit their work which provides a focal theme of “World Peace & Understanding”. ART creativity was encouraged with our “Going Green” poster contest established in both middle schools.
CONSERVATION: The SSWC has been active in planting trees at schools and other locations in the community. Trash receptacles were placed in the business district along with plantings near the public Recycling Center. More recently, SSWC cleared a small green space near the Chattahoochee River & Johnson Ferry Rd. The SSWC established a Brick Fund where individual or groups can purchase “memory or honor” bricks which will be dedicated in April 2010 at the SSWC-Library Park.
EDUCATION: Over the years the SSWC sponsored essay contests and provided scholarships for students at North Springs and Riverwood High Schools. Members also provide volunteer hours as a partner with Junior Achievement “financial education/planning” at North Springs Charter High School as well as donated “Character Education” training book for elementary schools. Two scholarships were established to sponsor rising senior girls to attend Girls State, a leadership week held at Georgia Southern University. A donation to the FERST Foundation provides books to children ages 0 to 5 years. This literacy projects gives an age appropriate book each month for one year to a child in our community.
HOME LIFE: A variety of activities have been performed through years, such as craft workshops where angels were made and placed in all the nurses stations at Northside Hospital; Christmas items, tray favors and baked goods for patients at Our Lady of Perpetual Care Cancer home; Hospitality baskets donated to each room at the Ronald McDonald House and meals furnished once a month for 24 guests. Members volunteer at the American Red Cross and members rallied together to produce this first community Cookbook where members of the community were urged to submit recipes.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: The SSWC has entertained international students from the University of GA with contributions to their Christmas parties and special luncheon; purchased a goat to help students in foreign countries provide nourishment for families. A donation to SOUNS International provides a bag of basic letters for a community in South Africa. Teachers work with babies and pre-school children to aid in learning sounds and pronunciations.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Members of SSWC have helped with Voter Registration booths in stores, shopping centers, etc. During the Bicentennial of 1972-76, much was done to celebrate and educate the community about our 200 years of liberty. The SSWC has also sponsored candidates for “Mother of the Year” and Club Woman of the Year at the Georgia Federation level. Our club has sponsored and participated in the 4th of July parades in the local community.
Over the years the SSWC have provided financial & volunteer support to other projects: Special Olympics * The Link Counseling Center * Fulton Co/Sandy Springs Police * Fulton Co/Sandy Springs Fire Department * North Springs High School Music Department * Riverwood Memorial Garden * along with financial support to many other organizations.