Pillar #10

Our Members' Community Service

Club members perform hands-on community service such as making dinner at the South End Children’s CafĂ© and the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, both in Albany. They maintain gardens at two local shelters and have assisted with cleanup efforts in Washington Park and with the City’s landscaping efforts along streets in Pine Hills. They have donated food, personal care items, dental supplies, bedding, menstrual products, handbags, bathing suits and winter coats for local nonprofits. Recipients have included Grassroot Givers, the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, St. Paul’s Center for Women and Children, Street Soldiers, Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus and the Regional Food Bank, among others.

Tidbits from 1912

Members promote home gardens by training children in cultivation, establishing school gardens and by distributing bulbs and seeds to improve vacant lots. 

Tidbits from the WCA Annual Booklet 1914

Club starts program to help keep young people off the streets, including the establishment of canteens and community events.

The club starts holding public health meetings and begins story hours at the Harmanus Bleeker Library. Also founds Mother's League and encourages interest in civics classes to preserve American heritage. 

Tidbits from 1917

Upon entry of the United States into World War I, group works on Liberty Loan and Red Cross drives and aids needy families of servicemen.

Tidbits from the WCA Annual Booklet 1926-27

The Club helped establish children’s book week in Albany schools, and children’s gardens.

The Club established Woman’s Exchange on State Street in Albany for women to sell their wares to earn extra money. Furniture the big seller. Sales were on a commission basis.

Excerpt from 2009 "Woman's Club of Albany Celebrates the Season," Times Union, by Diana Denner

Another major event The Woman's Club of Albany hosted this year was a book drive for the foster children and families of Parson's. "Continuous drives have benefited Equinox, Unity House, Casa programs, the Regional Food Bank and others," [Pam] Robinson said. "Other events have benefited public school libraries, arts organizations, Historic Albany, Girls Inc., and more."

The Woman's Club of Albany

725 Madison Avenue • Albany • New York • 12208



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