Giving Back

The Franklin Woman's Club is committed to providing community service through volunteer work and/or organizing donation opportunities with local, national or international impact.  See below for a description of projects and ways you can get involved.

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Franklin Woman's Club Sponsors Hand Drum Program at the Quail Brook Senior Center

Posted by [email protected] on August 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

“Imagine a group of people, picking up a drum or some percussion, and the next thing you know, everyone is jamming! The air is filled with motivating sound and movement. You are floating and really feeling the beat! The sound is healing! You are part of the drumming and rhythm.” This was the image that Dave Miller created in an interactive drumming circle program he recently presented with Dana McCurdy at the Quail Brook Senior Center (625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset NJ). Dave and Dana are drum facilitators and members of the EarthMovers Drum Collective.  This unique program was funded by the Franklin Woman’s Club, a nonprofit service organization committed to philanthropic initiatives to help the community.

Quail Brook Senior Center Manager, Allyson Toth, welcomed 38 guests including Franklin Woman’s Club members, to the event with a summary of the growing body of research on the health benefits of drumming, (i.e., relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, stimulating brainwave activity and positively benefiting one’s emotional wellbeing). Afterwards, Dave and Dana taught participants basic drumming techniques such as hand positioning to maximize drum resonance and how to achieve tonal variations. Attendees learned about the beautiful array of solid wood or fiberglass hand drums (djembes and ashikos from Mali, Ghana, the Ivory Coast of Africa, Indonesia and America). The drums, works of art themselves, featured beautiful carvings and goatskin heads stretched using special ropes that served a functional as well as decorative purpose.

The Quail Brook Senior Center, (located on the Quail Brook Golf Course, Somerset), is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disabilities Services and is one of six facilities with others located in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Montgomery and Warren. All centers offer a wide assortment of educational, recreational and wellness activities, volunteer and community service opportunities plus lunch in an uplifting, social atmosphere for people age 60+. Transportation is available for those unable to drive. For more information about Somerset County’s Senior Centers, visit


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Franklin Woman's Club Partners with Local Businesses to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Posted by [email protected] on May 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The Franklin Woman’s Club (FWC) is committed to improving the local and international community through volunteerism. Knowing of the horrors of human trafficking around the world, the club wanted to find a way to make a difference. After learning about the Free the Girls initiative, the club realized they could expand the impact of this international project by reaching out to local businesses for help.

Free the Girls is an international non-profit organization devoted to providing survivors of human trafficking with a path to freedom and financial stability. The organization helps women in developing countries build their own businesses selling second-hand clothing while going to school, thereby allowing them to financially maintain their homes and care for their families. To achieve this goal, the Free the Girls organization collects new and gently used bras, which according to the organizations’ founders, (missionaries Dave and Amy Terpstra), are considered a luxury item and command top dollar in the used clothing markets of developing countries. Free the Girls is currently in place in El Salvador and Mozambique.

After receiving an invitation from the Franklin Woman's Club to participate in this initiative, Personally Yours Lingerie, Bedminster and Lace Silhouettes Lingerie, located in Peddlers Village, Lahaska PA, Cape May NJ and Princeton NJ agreed to partner with them, each reaching out to employees and/or customers whose donations were added to the stores’ own contributions of beautiful, brand new merchandise. Julia Klein, Associate Buyer, Foundations & Lingerie, Lace Silhouettes reached out to several of her vendors for their support, asking if the vendors had donations to make in any way they could. Wacoal America Inc., Dana-Co LLC, Simone Perele and Van de Velde N.V. all donated product to support the initiative.

This partnership resulted in a total collection of 585 bras plus a cash donation of $280 to help cover shipping costs. The Franklin Woman’s Club greatly appreciates the generosity of these two businesses in helping them participate in the fight against human trafficking.

If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to help cover shipping costs.

Please make check payable to: Franklin Woman’s Club,

Indicate “Free the Girls”

in the memo space of your check.

Mail to: Franklin Woman’s Club, PO Box 5793, Somerset, NJ 08875



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Somerville Senior Housing Knitting Club Partners with FWC

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

      Somerville Senior Housing Knitting Club (SSHKC) has been collaborating with the Franklin Woman's Club (FWC) since 2017 to help support various charitable organizations.  After receiving an invitation to knit purple baby hats for the Click for Babies Campaign, (a Prevent Child Abuse NJ initiative), building director Denise Kilgallen,(in photo below), promoted the opportunity to the facility's Knitting Club. Club members enthusiastically responded, immediately knitting a wide variety of purple baby hats which were donated to hospitals that distribute them to new parents. 

As of May 11, 2018, the SSHKC has created 60 hats for this project.  When FWC club members received the donations, they were surprised to also receive seven beautifully designed and knitted baby ensembles complete with jacket, hat, booties and mittens in a variety of colors and styles!  As these items could not be donated to the Click for Babies Campaign, the club is donating five sets to local non-profit, Center for Great Expectations, Somerset.  According to their website, the Center for Great Expectations,  "seeks to form a partnership with homeless pregnant women in creating a safe place, a safe presence and a safe path so that they may complete a healthy pregnancy, choose the next right step and follow through on their  plan."  The remaining 2 sets will be used as prizes in the 2019 annual Tricky Tray event that raises money for college scholarships.

The Franklin Woman's Club appreciates the ongoing generosity of time and talent of Somerville Senior Housing's Knitting Club members!!

Donation to Embrace Kids Foundation to honor the Memory of 2017 Co-President, Kim Thorne

Posted by [email protected] on January 2, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Franklin Woman's Club members donated $200 to honor the memory of Kim Thorne, who was a dear friend to club members and FWC Co - President.  The mission of the Embrace Kids Foundation is "to ligthen the burden, maintain normalcy and improve the quality of life for families whose children are facing cancer, sickle cell and other serious health challenges.  Embrace Kids addresses the spiritual, emotional and financial needs of patient families in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area."

If you would like to contribute to this wonderful organization, you can mail a donation to:  Embrace Kids Foundation, 121 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or for more information.

Franklin Woman's Club Spreads Holiday Cheer

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Santa’s elves are not the only ones who spread holiday cheer. Franklin Woman’s Club members have been hard at work volunteering, raising funds and/or generously donating to achieve their annual charitable giving goals with the hope of making the holidays brighter for many. During this year’s Season of Giving, the club has donated funds or needed items to the following non – profit organizations:In addition to the initiatives listed in previous posts: 

First Aid/Rescue Squads (East Millstone, Kendall Park, Kingston and Rocky Hill) with a cash donation to help support operations   

Franklin Food Bank with a cash donation for the purchase of food & supplies to fight food insecurity 

The Promise Culinary School, New Brunswick with a cash donation to help fund scholarship awards for the school’s culinary arts students

Quail Brook Senior Center with a cash donation to sponsor an educational or recreational activity for center participants age 60 and above 

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Franklin Woman's Club Helps Fight Human Sex Trafficking

Posted by [email protected] on December 3, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever wondered how you could help victims of human sex trafficking?  Here is what the Franklin Woman's Club is doing.  The club's International Outreach Chairman, Valerie Buckner, learned about the Free the Girls Program and shared the information with fellow club members. Free the Girls is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to providing survivors of sex trafficking with a path to freedom and financial stability. The organization assists women in building their own businesses selling second- hand clothing while going to school which allows them to create a home and care for their families. To achieve this goal, the Free the Girls organization collects new and gently used bras.

One of the more frequently asked questions about the program is: Why does Free the Girls collect bras and how does that help provide job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking? In 2010, Free the Girls founders Dave and Amy Terpstra were preparing to move their family to Mozambique where they would serve as World Venture missionaries. While there, Dave identified business opportunities to help provide a stable income for survivors of sex trafficking. After learning that bras, considered a luxury item, command top dollar in the used clothing markets of developing countries, he incorporated this concept into business training to help women rebuild their lives after prostitution. Currently, Free the Girls is in place in El Salvador and Mozambique.

After receiving an invitation from the Franklin Woman's Club to participate in this initiative, Personally Yours Lingerie, Bedminster agreed to partner with them. This will greatly expand the impact of the program. 

If you would like to help, please consider one or more of the following:

  • For Vendors that sell bras: Contact the Franklin Woman’s Club at [email protected] indicating your interest in donating bras. A club member will make arrangements to pick up your donation.
  • Anyone can make a donation to Free the Girls to cover costs for storage, shipping and handling. Please make check payable to: Franklin Woman’s Club, indicating “Free the Girls” in the memo space of your check.  Mail to: Franklin Woman's Club, PO Box 5793, Somerset, NJ 08875
  • Spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues so they can also become involved.

To date, the Franklin Woman's Club (in partnership with Personally Yours Lingerie), donated 142 bras + $142 toward this initiative.

Thank you to Personally Yours, Lingerie for their very generous donation of over 100 pieces of lingerie + $100 for the associated shipping and handling costs.

Holiday Candy Favors 2017

Posted by [email protected] on November 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Franklin Woman's Club members continued the tradition of donating and packaging festive bags of candy to brighten the holidays of residents at local facilities providing care for the elderly.  On Friday, November 24, Marilyn Andrews,(Home Life/Social Services Chairman) delivered a total of 100 candy bags split between Willow Creek Rehabilitation and Care Center and Spring Hill Assisted Living, both in Somerset.  


Pictured above left:  Franklin Woman's Club Members Marilyn Andrews (left) and Mary Ann Savino package and decorate candy bags.  

Pictured above right: Marilyn Andrews (left) and Sandi Cox display the completed bags.  So sweet!!

Franklin Woman's Club Helps Sponsor Training of Seeing Eye Dog

Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2017, the Franklin Woman's Club made a donation to The Pennies for Puppies Program  (The Seeing Eye, Morristown, NJ) which will allow Xelda to become a Seeing Eye Dog.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2017

Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 Franklin Woman's Club members donated and packaged three beautiful baskets filled with favorite holiday foods + a $25 ShopRite gift certificate.  Baskets will be brought to the Community Resource Center (Franklin), whose staff will distribute them to help single-mom families in Franklin Township enjoy Thanksgiving. (Pictured left to right, Woman's Club Members:  Phyllis Beals, Mary Lou Bak and Lisa Andreini).

Operation Christmas Stocking, aka Boatsies Boxes 2017

Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, October 18th, Valerie Buckner, Lucie Foley, Karen Bauer and Mary Ann Vetter (Franklin Woman's Club members), met to fill 14 Christmas stockings with toys, puzzles, nuts, candy, gum, small games, stationery, toiletries and cards (donated by fellow club members). This special Franklin Woman's Club project was organized by Mary Ann Vetter. These stockings were sent to our troops overseas as part of a project known as Boatsie's Boxes. (Boatsies Boxes is a non profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting our troops by sending boxes of supplies (and Christmas stockings) to soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, UAE, Persian Gulf locations, Okinawa, Estonia, Kuwait, Africa and Korea. Visit: for more information. Sending Christmas stockings to our soldiers through Boatsies Boxes has been a NJ State Federation of Women's Club initiative for many years. (The Franklin Woman's Club is part of the NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs). In 2016 all participating NJ Women's Clubs collected and sent 1,280 stockings along with over $7,000! Since 2008, when NJ Women's Clubs began donating to Boatsie's Boxes, over 10,000 stockings and over $20,000 have been donated.

Photo:  (Left to Right)  Franklin Woman's Club members: Valerie Buckner, Lucie Foley & Karen Bauer)

Click for Babies Campaign - Franklin Woman's Club Helps Fight Child Abuse in NJ

Posted by [email protected] on July 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Franklin Woman’s Club has embarked on an initiative to help prevent child abuse in NJ as part of a state-wide project spearheaded by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) under which the local club operates: The Click for Babies Campaign.

Franklin Woman’s Club members are knitting or crocheting purple newborn and preemie caps to support the Period of PURPLE Crying® program described below. These caps will be donated to Prevention of Child Abuse – NJ who will distribute them to babies at participating PURPLE hospitals throughout New Jersey as a visual reminder of the importance to keep babies safe. In 2017, several organizations' needlework clubs partnered with the Franklin Woman's Club to increase the number of hats made and/or to donate funds toward the initiative: (i.e., Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, Quail Brook and Montgomery Senior Centers, the Scary Mommy organization).  Together with these organizations, the Franklin Woman's Club donated 178 purple hats.  An additional partner was identified at year's end (Somerville Senior Housing) whose hats will be donated in 2018.  

The Period of PURPLE Crying® program, developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS), draws attention and educates parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT). In this form of abuse, when an infant or young child is shaken violently, the head is impacted, leading to severe injuries and even death. A key component of the campaign is to educate people on this normal developmental phase that is temporary.

How can you help?

  • Become a partner with the Franklin Woman’s Club by knitting or crocheting a purple baby cap. For guidelines and patterns for knitted/crocheted baby caps, visit: http//
  • Make a donation for the purchase of yarn. Please make check payable to the Franklin Woman’s Club, indicating “Click for Babies Campaign” in the subject line of your check and mail to: Franklin Woman's Club, P O Box 5793, Somerset, NJ 08875.
  • Donate newly purchased skeins of (soft-to-the-touch) yarn in any shade of purple to the Franklin Woman’s Club. Call (732) 844-9002 and leave a message requesting that your donation of yarn or hats be picked up. A FWC member will contact you to make these arrangements.


Shot @ Life Campaign

Posted by [email protected] on May 30, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Franklin Woman's Club has been involved in this ongoing initiative since 2013:


This year, 1.7 million children will die from diseases that have all but disappeared in the U.S. Why? Because one in five children around the world does not have access to the life-saving immunizations needed to survive.

What's the solution? It’s simple; vaccines save lives. Millions of children could be spared from measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and other preventable diseases if we could simply get them the vaccines they need. When a child begins life with the protection of vaccines, the door is opened to more developmental firsts — first steps, first words, a first day of school. Immunized children are more likely to celebrate their fifth birthday, do well in school and go on to be productive, healthy adults. Expanding access to vaccines strengthens our ability to fight disease globally and keep our families healthy here at home, while improving economic stability around the world.

The UN Foundation's [email protected] campaign educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation's [email protected] campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.

• $20 Will protect 20 children from measles

• $100 Helps vaccinate 100 children from measles

• $250 Helps vaccinate 250 children from measles


Total raised by the Franklin Woman's Club to date:  $781.07 ( March 2018 )