SPECIAL STATE PROJECTS
Every two years, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) chooses a charity to benefit from its projects and fundraising efforts. For 2016-2018, the NJSFWC has designated PREVENT CHILD ABUSE—NEW JERSEY (PCA—NJ) as its Special State Project.
PCA—NJ is the New Jersey Chapter of an organization active in all fifty States. Its mission is to promote great childhoods, positive parenting and healthy child development. At our General Meeting on September 20, 2016, Pamela Stalcup, of PCA—NJ, discussed ways for our Club to support its mission.
Club members dedicated long hours to prepare for its Holiday Boutique on November 18, 19 and 20, 2016. The Boutique is one of the Club’s major fundraisers and benefits its charitable works as well as helps preserve the historic Dr. Lewis Condict House. The Club donated $500 from the proceeds of its Boutique to help fund PCA—NJ programs.
To help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome, PCA—NJ , leads a statewide effort called The Period of Purple Crying program. In partnership with ten hospitals in New Jersey, new parents are taught about normal crying of a healthy baby and how to cope with it. To assist with this program, our Club’s Crafty Hands group knitted or crocheted 57 purple baby caps which were delivered to Federation Headquarters on December 30, 2016. These baby caps will be provided to participating hospitals where they will be given to caretakers as a reminder to keep their babies safe.
Our Club also assisted PCA—NJ with its Grow NJ Kids program. During the last week of December 2016, books were purchased by Club members and provided to PCA—NJ. These books were included in prize baskets awarded at the Quality Child Care Expo conducted by PCA—NJ on January 11, 2017.
Our Club President, Linda Krutisia-Brooks, has arranged for members to assist Deirdre’s House in Morristown as part of our Special State Project. Deirdre’s House is a safe haven in Morris County for the youngest victims of sexual and physical abuse. Following tours of Deirdre’s House, Club members will provide “hands on” support for this important work.
Mary Ann Motiuk
Chair, Special State Project