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Community Service Projects


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The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) identifies a signature project and 6 broad areas of Community Service Projects with 13 sub-programs as a focus for philanthropic work for the local, district, state, and national organizations. 

  • Signature Project:  Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

  • Arts
    Arts in the Community and Creative Arts Programs

  • Conservation
    Beautification in the Community and Resource Conservation in the Community Programs

  • Education
    Education in the Community and Focus on Literacy Programs

  • Home Life
    Helping Hands in the Community, Focus on Health, and Focus on Financial Issues Programs

  • International Outreach
    Reaching Out Internationally and United Nations Programs

  • Public Issues
    Citizenship in Action and Focus on Community Safety Programs

Local chapters design specific philanthropic goals, programs, and activities that suit the members' interests and challenge their creative energy for the benefit of the community.


The Sweetwater Woman’s Club (SWC) identifies local needs and provides financial and material support to a wide variety of local organizations.




Sweetwater Woman's Club
Philanthropic Programs and Projects

(Continuously updated throughout the year!)

The mission of the Sweetwater Woman's Club is to promote educational, cultural, and community welfare of the Sweetwater Valley and environs; to contribute to special projects each year; and to cooperate with District, State, and General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
DELIGHTFUL DECADENCE - A Wine Tasting, Cheese, and Chocolate Experience. This fundraising event provides funds for supplies to benefit various local programs such as bed linens for Casas Seguras, a domestic violence shelter program in the South Bay.

SWC NeedleNuts knit, quilt, and crochet blankets, hats, shawls, scarves, fingerless mittens, and afghans throughout the year to provide hand-made warm and cozy items which are presented to programs such as San Diego County domestic violence shelters, Sweetwater Union High School District's Open Door Project for teens, etc.

Trauma bears made by several of our club members comfort traumatized children in domestic violence shelters.

Some of our SWC members have attended workshops highlighting Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness.
Arts Community Service Program
SWC members exhibit their crafts, sewing, literature, drama, music, photography, and paintings in the annual GFWC/CFWC Arts Festival. Many members have been blessed with some incredibly wonderful talents in literature, oil painting, quilting, crocheting, watercolor painting, poetry, and short story writing.

SWC is a member of the local Bonita Museum and Cultural Center and in the past has provided funds to bring a traveling exhibit to the museum.

SWC funds have provided much needed transportation for students in the Bonita Vista High School Club Blue performing arts program to present shows at local schools, organizations, and competitions.
Conservation Community Service Program
The San Diego County Animal Shelter in Bonita has received funds and over 300 pounds of dry dog and cat food to foster the health, safety, and welfare of animals.

The SWC Green Team's renovation of the landscape around the clubhouse features many drought-tolerant plants and serves as an example for water-wise landscaping.

A project collecting loose change donated to the Penny Pines Project provided acres of pine trees in the local forest.
Education Community Service Program
SCHOLARSHIP funds are awarded for excellence in academics, citizenship, and service to the community. Scholarship recipients are able to continue their academic studies at a trade school, community college, 4 yr college, or university of their choice.

Valley Vista Elementary School received funds to establish Renaissance Place, an independent reading program to help students improve the art and enjoyment of reading.

Ella B. Allen Elementary School has received backpacks stuffed with school supplies helping special children begin the school year with much needed items.
Home Life Community Service Program
Gently used and new magazines, cards, and books on a variety of educational and entertaining topics are collected for distribution to the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in La Jolla.

SWC members have filled Meals on Wheels Christmas Gift Bags with personal toiletries, playing cards, candy, candles, and other items for distribution to homebound and senior citizens during the holidays.

Hand-made warm and cozy snugly items were presented to the “New Start Blankets” program, a project started by a member over ten years ago. SWC NeedleNuts members knit, quilt, and crochet blankets, hats, fingerless mittens, shawls, and afghans for donation to the Neo-Natal Unit at Scripps Hospital, Open Door Program for homeless teens in Sweetwater union High School District, and Hats for Troops.

Funds to the Chula Vista Collaborative for South Bay, Beacon Center, help youths ages 12 to 18 and their families struggling with substance abuse, challenging social or emotional behavior, and mental health issues.

Funds and hand-made afghans and booties given to Angels Foster Family Agency assists in the rescue of abused, abandoned, and neglected young children. The agency matches children with a select group of foster parents to ensure the maximum emotional, social, and intellectual development of each child.

Trauma bears are made with loving hands by some of our club members. At the scene of an accident, firemen from Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Department give bears to children to provide comfort and security in traumatic situations. Bears given to Ronald McDonald House contribute to the health and well being of children coping with serious health problems..

The Navy League Warrior Foundation received funds to help wounded and disabled military personnel.

Funding for The Woman’s Wellness Center has helped individuals through trying periods of breast cancer recovery.

The Salvation Army Toys for Tots Program received funds and toys for holiday distribution to needy children and families.

In remembrance and recognition of the many contributions made to SWC by members who have passed, Sharp Memorial Hospital and the Salvation Army have received donations in the name of a deceased member.
Public Issues Community Service Program
For service to the community, Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Department received homemade pies and ice cream.
Outstanding individuals who have benefited the community through their volunteer efforts are recognized.
International Outreach Community Service Program
We're always looking for members who will take an interest in this area. An area of need is support for exchange students. They, in turn, could present to SWC members some very interesting talks about their home country, travels to another country, their experience as an exchange student as well as interesting and humorous situations that happened to them.





SWEETWATER  WOMAN’S  CLUB   |   P.O. Box 334    |   3855 Sweetwater Road   |   Bonita, California  91902   |   (619) 479-7888

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