Our members enjoy participating in a host of projects and activities that serve others in the community. We find that working together to help others has the added benefit of strengthening our fellowship.
Here’s a sampling of our past, present, and ongoing activities:
Our “WEAR A MASK PROJECT” was one of the most successful projects that the Sandy Springs Woman’s Club ever completed. During September and October of 2020, yard signs stating “Help save lives. Wear a mask.” were offered free of charge to Sandy Springs residents. The response was overwhelming, and we were delighted to place 100 signs; hopefully, the message did a small part to fight COVID-19. Donations totaling $1200 were an unexpected outcome of the project; this underscores the generosity of Sandy Springs residents! The money was donated to Solidarity Sandy Springs, a local food bank serving families in Sandy Springs. (2020 Health & Wellness Project)
During October 2020 our club sponsored a TURTLE RACE FUNDRAISER...walk or run, fast or slow...move however you like or don’t move at all, but help local families experiencing food insufficiency. 100% of all donations received will be distributed to two highly rated local organizations – the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs. (2020 Civic Engagement & Outreach Program)
DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH gives us the opportunity help special needs students. In honor of disability month in 2020, the Sandy Springs Woman’s Club created a guide which was offered, via the school librarian, to local Sandy Springs elementary schools as a resource for parents and teachers. The document reviews 15 different books, each of which explains to young children special learning needs of various types. Each book would be a good read aloud to a young child, a small group, and/or a class of students. The SSWC also offered to purchase one of the books to add to the school’s library collection. It was hoped that this project would become an ongoing effort, supporting both the SSWC mission and that of the local Sandy Springs elementary schools. (2020 Education and Libraries Program)
The December holidays is an important time for Sandy Springs families. During this time of year, the Sandy Springs Woman’s Club (SSWC) has made a special effort to assist Sandy Springs families. Some examples include: Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots, and Adopt a Family. We also support church groups, such as the Cascade United Methodist Church. Our 2019 donation helped to support a family with 10 children so they could have enjoy the Christmas holiday.
Participation in OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD and TOYS FOR TOTS has been an annual tradition for SSWC. With Operation Christmas Child, club members have enjoyed purchasing gifts for youngsters in third world countries. Here at home, donating new toys to the US Marine Toys for Tots program has been a SSWC yearly effort.
ADOPT A FAMILY: We adopted a family, identified by the Community Assistance Center, who needed help securing the items on their son’s wish-list for Christmas. We had fun playing the role of Santa’s helper. We were able to provide the family with all the items on their son’s list (scooter, helmet, Legos, and movie tickets) and two Kroger gift cards to help make Christmas dinner special.
CHANGE FOR CHANGE: Over the years, our members have donated their spare change at each meeting to benefit families across the world through the Heifer International Foundation. This is a good example of where "a little goes a long way." This simple but powerful contribution helps a family purchase livestock, such as a goat. Under the auspices of Heifer International, the family can begin the process of sustainable farming. Our “change” facilitated important “CHANGE” for these families.
BAKER’S CLUB: As part of the Baker’s Club, we volunteered our time and effort by baking cookies for the children and families receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital. In the Ronald McDonald House’s well-equipped kitchen, our members baked cookies and other treats. As the smell of the warm, freshly baked cookies filled the air, a line of smiling children emerged!
DAY BRIGHTENER: Wanting to bring a little cheer to the senior citizens in our community, our members spent multiple days creating, by hand, a series of colorful and engaging cards that included a positive message for the day. We visited the residents of Sunrise at Huntcliff Summit; broad smiles were seen, as we greeted them and gave them a card. It was a “Day Brightener” for all.
FOOD BANK: Non-perishable foods, such as cases of corn, tuna, and baked beans, have been donated by our club members to the food bank at Peachtree United Methodist Church.
SWEET MOMENTS: Teachers perform the important function of educating and empowering the children in our community. As a sign of appreciation, we worked together and made SWEET MOMENTS, candy packaged in decorative bundles, more than 125 bundles! These were arranged in an attractive basket and delivered to the teacher break room at a local school.
FUNKY FOOTWEAR: We collected new “fun/fancy” socks and gave over 100 pair to a local children’s hospital and, in a different year, to a homeless shelter. Below is wonderful acknowledgement letter from CHOA at Scottish Rite.
Dear Kathy and the Sandy Springs Women’s Club,
On behalf of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, we would like to thank you for your generous donation of 80 pairs of children socks. This donation has helped brighten the hospital experience of our patients and for that we extend our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of patients, families and staff.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. Operating three hospitals and 25 neighborhood locations with close to a million patient visits annually, Children’s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, rehabilitation, neonatal, orthopedic, transplant services and many other pediatric specialties. To learn more about our services and the many ways your support makes a difference visit: www.choa.org.
Thank you for your tremendous commitment, dedication, and generous support to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite