Environment

The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages awareness of our natural resources and caring for the world around us. It offers information and ideas to promote environmental appreciation and protection. Work to preserve, maintain, and restore our natural resources; protect habitats for plants and animals; and develop sustainable habits.

Environmental education; care for our air, land, and water; recycling; litter cleanup; partnerships with community groups, schools, and children; support of wildlife; energy conservation; tree planting; and beautification – this is what the Conservation Community Service Program is all about. Work to become more aware of conservation issues, enrich communities, and become stewards of the environment.

GFWC Florida clubwomen design and support conservation activities in their local communities.

We participate in local river clean-up, beautification of our community, and recycling programs. Through this committee, the Club provides annual sponsorship of a Capuchin monkey at the local college zoo and built, with the third-grade science class, a Butterfly Garden at the High Springs Community School.

Projects for 2021 included:

  • Environmentally friendly yard of the month award to a local homeowner who did not use pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Winners had gardens that included bird baths, bird feeders, water fountains, fish ponds, water barrels, native Florida plants, and/or wildlife refuge areas.
     

  • Raised money for a local non-profit animal rescue organization, in support of Humane Animal Treatment
     

  • Raised funds and donated food, blankets, and towels to support Endangered Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary (EARS), a rescue for big cats - lions, tigers. leopards, cougars, and ligers, among other critters.
     

  • Planted native butterfly plants at an assisted living facility for Arbor Day
     

  • An emergency food drive for a local rescue group that takes pets from animal shelters that was having a food crisis
     

  • A food drive for carrots to help the local horse rescue (Retirement Home for Horses) who was lacking that rescue due to closure to visitors due to COVID.
     

  • Collected used cell phones to donate to soldiers overseas
     

  • each year, the club sponsors a capuchin monkey at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo.
     

  • Helped clean up a local park