This Spokane women's organization is dedicated to philanthropic and community improvement through volunteer service. Their mission is to create a safer community and overall well-being of all citizens.
Money is raised by renting the building for weddings, meetings and other events. We are currently looking at a member proposal to rent “minimal office spaces” to organizations that need weekday space to meet clients, for a very low price.
GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention past projects include furnishings for a room at Anna Ogden House, collecting new sweats, underwear and flip flops for rape crisis victims, and cell phone collection for local women’s shelters.
GFWC Service areas of Interest:
We have an annual collection drive for school supplies July–September. Our Spokane Vintage Fashion Collection is available for narrated trunk shows to examine women’s history through textiles and fashion for the past 100 years.
We provide reduced rate rentals to several Arts organizations, like Silver Spurs International Youth Dancers and Spokane Folklore Society, and for student recitals.
Home Life Members donate to or volunteer for local homeless youth organizations like Crosswalk and a Cool Drink of Water.
We have created a 750 square foot women-themed rose garden in our clubhouse planting area to brighten the lives of our low income residential neighbor. We planted three trees on our small corner property to shade the sidewalk for residents and reduce summer heat in our old fashioned non-air conditioned building. Last year we converted all 127 light fixtures in the clubhouse to fluorescent light bulbs, decreasing our electric bill by 20%.
Members rallied behind saving the East Central Library by attending and speaking at library board meetings. 75 % of public libraries in the USA were started by GFWC clubs.
We support a child school in Haiti and assemble and send simple infant layettes for distribution in Haiti clinics.
GFWC WHRC Womens History and Resource Center Program
Our club preserves and archives our clubs 105 year historic documents at both at the MAC museum and in our clubhouse. These records give a unique insight into the history of women in Spokane. Our clubhouse is on the national register of historic places for its architecture and club’s activities in local and state history.
Our major community giving project:
Significant rental reduction for non-profit groups providing in areas of GFWC service and to religious organizations needing celebration space or who are founding new congregations.