Pillar #9

Support for the Community

The WCA continues its century-plus mission of working to improve the conditions of women and children in the Capital Region and beyond through hands-on work and philanthropic efforts. In recent years, the WCA raised and donated $10,000 to Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, $3,600 to the Feed and Read Program weekend backpack program sponsored by the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of the Capital District and $4,050 to the Community Education Programs for Teens at the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center.  Our annual Good Books for Good Works event raises funds for a different public school library every year. The Woman’s Club is also the home of the Capital Region chapter of Together Women Rise, an organization that raises funds to supports grassroots programs around the globe to improve the lives of women and children. Our chapter has raised $49,000 over several years for this cause. 

Tidbits from 1923

Club helps start a local Travelers' Aid Bureau.

Tidbits from the WCA Annual Booklet 1941

Club supports several children's summer camps, including ones run by the Jewish Community Center and the Salvation Army.

Excerpt from "Gala fundraising events take months of preparation," Daily Gazette, 2009.

Pam Robinson has been in organizational mode since the beginning of November, for the third annual Woman's Club of Albany Festival of Trees Champagne Gala to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Steamer No. 10, a children's theater group. 

Last year's event [2008] raised $3,500 for the Regional Food Bank; this year the club added the children's theater group as an additional recipient.

Decorating the group's Madison Avenue clubhouse for the event is the largest task each year. The home is decorated with about 20 Christmas trees, including a 14-foot tree in the ballroom, plus wreaths, garlands and kissing balls. 

Excerpt from "Woman's Club to offer Valentine's Day Repast," Times Union, 2010. 

"Half of the proceeds from the Valentine's Day Brunch went to Haiti relief funds."

Excerpt from "Woman’s Club of Albany: Helping the total community" Albany Pine Hills, April 11, 2011, by Dana Lenseth

Members of the 100-year-old Woman’s Club of Albany pride themselves on improving their community from their historic headquarters on Madison just west of Lake Avenue.

Tonight and tomorrow, the ladies of the Woman’s Club are hosting a craft fair to benefit a breast cancer survivor group. Hope in the Boat will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from the Club’s fourth annual fair.

The Woman's Club of Albany

725 Madison Avenue • Albany • New York • 12208



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