GFWC Coco Plum is a social and community service organization. Our regular business meetings are held on the second Wednesday from September through May, although we also have fundraisers during the summer time. Book Reviews, bridge and tea parties are our main fundraisers.
GFWC Coco Plum is in District 11 of the Florida Federation of Women's Club and we are also a member of the General Federation of Women's Club. We belong to the Southern Region which includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.
We contribute to many organizations in Dade County like ArtSpring, Biscayne Nature Center, Boys and Girls Club of Miami, South Florida Urban Mission, Camillus House, Casa Valentina, Children's Home Society, Chapman Partnership, Cops of Kids, Coral Gables Crime Watch, Feeding South Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Miami Rescue Mission, New World School of the Arts, Patches in Homestead, Perdue Nursing Home and V.A. Hospital, Safehaven for Newborns, SAFESPACE a Domestic Violence Center, FINCA.
We also support the different projects from the Florida Federation like ROCK Camp/Boggy Creek Camp, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Heifer International, Canine Companions for Independence, Special Olympics, Sew Much for Comfort.
Our membership is open to everybody who is interested in volunteering and philanthropy, and fellowship with other members.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
The General Federation of Women's Clubs and the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs have grouped their activities into six community service programs. Coco Plum's departments are incorporated into the structure of these service programs. A brief explanation of each follows. More information on each is available at http://www.gfwc.org and http://www.gfwcflorida.org.
The Arts Community Service Program is designed to enable members to create and contribute to art education and activities in their community. Members are encouraged to advance their own artistic talents in the fields of painting, photography, music, and writing. Another aim is to foster opportunities in the arts for those with disabilities. Attention is given to legislative measurers which will improve and expand art on national and state levels.
The Conservation Service Program helps members gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, all aspects of our environment and the world's resources, natural and man-made. Water and air quality, pollution, loss of habitat for animals, and preserving and improving the appearance and healthful conditions of our own communities are critical matters. Creating an interest in conservation among our youth is vital as well.
The Education Community Service Program focuses on literacy. More than 700 million people in the developing world, two thirds are women, lack these skills. Even in the United States, thirty-two percent of the adult population has a low literacy level which handicaps their earning ability. Eighty-five percent of juvenile offenders have reading problems. We need to continue to develop our own skills in reading and communications. This program focuses on both literacy and life-long learning in the community.
Home Life is designed to inform members the effect of well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing opportunities and resources to develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle, increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness, and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.
The International Outreach Program is designed to enable members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action. What affects those around the world affects us all. By reaching out to other countries and cultures, we increase our understanding of others and simultaneously promote a better understanding of ourselves as Americans. Focus is often on women and children, resulting in an increased awareness of global human right issues.
Public Issues concentrates on investigations, programs and projects related to veterans, citizenship, and safety. Comfort and aid to returning veterans and their families is one feature. Safety on the highways and in our communities are concerns of this program. Responding to natural disasters and emergencies comes under this heading. Effective legislation, especially for veteran affairs, needs to be carried out. Emphasis on citizenship and voting are important features, also.