In the Community

Locally

Scholarships & Awards

CFUW St John’s raises money to fund scholarships and bursaries. In 2015/16, we gave scholarships and awards totaling $39,900.00.

Newfoundland Art Posters in the Schools Project (NAPS)
A number of years ago CFUW St. John’s determined that there was a need for local schools to have access to the works of artists from Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, 300 art posters, showcasing the work of a large number of artists, are available to schools in St. John’s and surrounding areas. The posters are loaned to participating schools for a four-month period beginning in October and are exchanged for new posters in February. Accompanying the posters is a binder containing biographical information on the artists. The posters are delivered and picked up from the schools by volunteers from CFUW St. John’s.

New Beginnings Baskets
This initiative was developed originally as Fresh Start Baskets in partnership with the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire.  After this chapter of the IODE disbanded, CFUW St. John’s decided to continue with the venture on its own as New Beginnings Baskets.   Each month a small number of women leaving Iris Kirby House receive a laundry basket filled with a variety of items designed to help them set up their new homes.  We include kitchen and bathroom towels, cooking utensils, cleaning supplies and personal care items, all of which are donated by members of our Club.   The recipients are generally very pleased with the support these baskets represent.

Surplus Used Books
You may be surprised to know that surplus books from the Giant Used Book Sale are offered for free to a large number of community groups at the end of the sale. Each year between 10 and 15 different groups avail of the offer in support of their own charitable initiatives.  The books go to such diverse places as  The Phillippines, where they become part of a small school library;  Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where they become reading material for inmates and staff; and local charities, where they are resold in fundraising projects.  If your group would like to take part in this initiative, please use the contact information at he bottom of the page.

Women on Tap
The tap dancing interest group has performed for the Eastern Edge Quilters Guild, the St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers and the residents of the Agnes Pratt Home.

MUN Food Bank
We provide financial support to the MUN Food Bank.  In 2015/2016, we donated $3500.00.

Gower Street Lunch Program
In partnership with the Gower Street Lunch Program, we prepare and serve and hot, hearty and healthy lunch for disadvantaged members of our downtown communitytwice a year.

Other Initiatives
In 2015/16, we contributed to a variety of community groups, including the Gathering Place, the St. John’s School Lunch Program, Choices for Youth, the Community Youth Network, Project GRACE and the Alberta Wildfire Fund

 

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Nationally

National Scholarships
Ecole Polytechnique Scholarship
Alice B Wilson Scholarship

Advocacy
Our Issues and Resolutions committee supports and acts upon resolutions adopted at our National AGM by writing letters to politicians on issues of concern and seeking public support.

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Internationally

IWF International Women’s Day Project

Lani Sabai School – Kenya
In partnership with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, CFUW St. John’s provides financial support which enables four girls from a very poor part of Kenya to attend school. The money provided covers the cost of textbooks, uniforms, a daily meal and tuition.

 

 

Contact Information:  E- mail: cfuwstjohns@gmail.com