Civic Engagement and Outreach
CoChair - Phyllis Schaffer, CoChair - still needed
Mission Statement - International Outreach strives to increase awareness in our club and community of the need to become active and integral members of our world community. Military Support is dedicated to working with local organizations to provide support and assistance to active and retired military personnel, and their families, from all branches of service. Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention (DVAP) is dedicated to increasing awareness of domestic violence, abuse and neglect in our community. In bringing awareness, we can make a difference in the lives of people affected directly or indirectly by domestic violence.
The Public Issues Committee is currently involved with three social issues:
- Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
- Military Support
- International Outreach
International Outreach strives to increase awareness in our club and community of the need to become active and integral members of our world community. Currently our signature project is making and delivering blankets to Operation Smile, an organization that provides cleft palate surgery for children in need worldwide.
Military Support is dedicated to working with local organizations to provide support and assistance to active and retired military personnel.
In partnerships with local charities, we donate Christmas gifts, baby shower gifts and Mother’s Day gifts to children and families who are stationed at local military bases. We collect items to place in Care Packages for service members stationed around the world. We have donated funds to provide wheelchairs and service dogs to military veterans.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, this committee produced medical masks for hospitals and members of the community. We also donated funds for a local food pantry.
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention is dedicated to increasing awareness of domestic violence, abuse and neglect in our community.
One of our signature programs is the Pinwheel Project. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. Because the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment or reminder of the great childhood we want for all children.
Members of this committee work with schools to involve children in making pinwheels and planting a garden of these bright reminders of fun. While making the pinwheels, a counselor talks with the kids to make them aware of what child abuse is. Anyone who feels that this is an issue in their life may then talk privately with someone on school staff. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
We are also involved with fundraising for local organizations involved with children of prisoners, as well as domestic violence and rape victims.