We Support Our Community at Home and Around The Globe
Our members work hard to provide support for many community service projects. Below are just a few of the organizations we support with financial donations.
Canine Companion for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence provides assistance dogs free of charge to adults, children and veterans with disabilities. For more information, click here.
Several Home Life Projects
We sew baby quilts and comfort pillows for Holmes Regional Medical Center, Little dresses for Operation Hope, Haiti and a native American reservation. We make wheelchair bags and adult clothing protectors for nursing homes.
Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. We estimate that there are millions of children waiting for care in the 34 countries where Operation Smile works. The majority of these children are unable to receive medical care because it is too costly, far away or specialized. Because of this, being born with a cleft condition can be fatal.
Honor America and The Liberty Bell Museum
Located at 1601 Oak Street in Melbourne, FL, Honor America is dedicated to increasing the knowledge of America's heritage, constitutional form of government and operates the Liberty Bell Museum. 321.373.2311 for appointments and tours.
Each year, the GFWC Melbourne Woman's Club awards scholarships to deserving local high school seniors.
We also make donations to:
Children's Wish Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Hearts Out to Haiti
Space Coast Honor Flight
and we award Scholarships to deserving teens
Scholarship Recipients 2020
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients for 2020. This year was certainly one of challenges, but their ingenuity and tenacity kept them focused, The GFWC Melbourne Woman's Club wishes them much success in their future academic endeavors.
Scholarship Recipient, Lauren Tierney
Ms. Tierney is a recent graduate of Melbourne Central Catholic High School and has been accepted into the University of Miami's neurology program.
Scholarship Recipient, Dominick Carter
Mr. Carter is a recent graduate of Palm Bay High School and plans to attend the University of Central Florida to pursue a career in the field of technology.
Green Gables is the historic property on US1 in Melbourne Florida, built in 1896 by William Twining Wells and Nora Stanford Wells. It sits on an acre and a third of beautiful green space right on the Indian River and has something to offer every member of our Community. Unfortunately, it is fighting for its life!
Why is saving Green Gables so Important?
The acquisition and restoration of Green Gables is not just about preserving an old house from the wrecking ball. It is so much more than that. Green Gables is the historic home of the Wells family, one of the generous benefactors who played a key role in the development of the early Melbourne community. Their vision and their generosity gifted us with the first auditorium, the first library, the first high school, and Wells Park, all of which have been enjoyed by so many for several generations. Green Gables runs a living history education program for school classes, scouts and others which brings history to life and allows students to develop a love of history and an appreciation for the people and events of the past.They make soap, churn ice cream. play games of the late 1800's and more. Green Gables Holds monthly events to benefit the entire community such as pet adoption events, Harvest Festival, Fireworks viewing on July 4th, Halloween event for kids, Easter Egg hunts, Christmas Festival with Living Nativity, picnics, converts,lectures, as well as being a venue for weddings, birthday parties, family reunions and so much more.
Green Gables offers free space for garden clubs to garden, scouts to earn their badges, photographers and artists to practice their craft and nature lovers to bird watch or enjoy our 124 year old trees!
Green Gables is a historic site located on 1.15 acres of prime riverfront green space. Through the dedication of many volunteers, the grounds and home have already been enjoyed by thousands of visitors. Students have begun field trips to experience a hands-on living history education program. In just a few years, Green Gables has become a vibrant hub of activity for our community.
At Risk of Losing It All
There is no second chance or backup property. This is the one and only opportunity to preserve this historic site for our community. The Wells family legacy has one final opportunity to provide us with a lasting treasure that will continue to be a thriving center, a living educational experience, and a vibrant green space for generations to enjoy. If we don't seize the opportunity now, the house will be demolished and the property purchased by just one more commercial developer.
For more information about the Wells Legacy click here.
Making Pillows for Heart and Cancer Patients
Sewing Quilts for NICU Babies
Having Fun Being Together
We know that post-surgery can be very uncomfortable for most patients, so some of our members lovingly sew and stuff pillows to donate to our local hospitals. We love making them as much as the patients love receiving them.
Our Blanketeers are always busy sewing baby quilts for the babies in NICU at Holmes Regional Medical Center. In 2020, we faced a new challenge with Covid 19 and many of our members jumped in to make face masks.
Lunch and laughter at our 2019 installation luncheon. (It's just a bag of parsley) but Sherri, Tracy and Michele had a good laugh over it.
Ready for a Roaring 20's Casino Night. Is that Brenda Hoffman???
We were invited to participate in the City of Melbourne Parks and Rec's haunted house for Halloween. GFWC-Melbourne Woman's Club won FIRST PLACE with our haunted kitchen!!
Our Christmas luncheon was held at The Mansion this year. Great Food. Great Fun. Great Friends.