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 Helps Fight Human Sex Trafficking

Posted by 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 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 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 on November 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (8)

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 on November 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

 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 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 on July 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

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 on May 30, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

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 Shot@Life 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 Shot@Life 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:  $1,065.78/November 2018

Earth Day 2017 Maple Tree Donation to Franklin High School

Posted by on April 12, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In honor of Earth Day, 2017, the Franklin Woman’s Club donated a Firefall Maple tree to Franklin High School on Thursday, April 12. The tree was planted in the back of the school near the events lobby entrance. In the future, the club plans to add a memorial plaque dedicated to previous club members.

The tree was purchased from the Township’s Shade Tree Commission and Nancy Gale, Franklin Woman’s Club Conservation and Garden Chairperson, coordinated installation details with Jean Lewis, Franklin Township Board of Education (Buildings & Grounds Dept.) along with cooperation from FHS Principal Cheryl Clark’s office. The FWC also wishes to acknowledge John Schunk and the Board of Education Buildings & Grounds Department staff who planted the tree.

his special Franklin Woman’s Club initiative is in keeping with the community service mission of the club and their dedication to environmental conservation activities.

During the Board of Education meeting of March 23, where the FWC was acknowledged for donating the tree, Nancy Gale noted that “planting trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income. In honor of this year’s Earth Day, the FWC decided to plant a Firefall Maple tree at FHS, as studies have shown that schools with tree cover have reduced asthma and lung disease rates and help students with ADHD concentrate for longer periods. We hope this tree will be the first of many.”


Holiday Baskets 2016

Posted by on December 31, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Franklin Woman's Club members donated and assembled large, festively wrapped food baskets which were delivered to the Dept. of Community Resources before Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah. Thanks to club members' generosity, a total of six baskets were given to local families in need.

Holiday Candy Favors 2015/2016

Posted by on May 31, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Members of the Franklin Woman's Club donated and assembled a total of 750 candy favors for area nursing homes to help residents celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter. Thanks to everyone who participated in this special project!

Operation Christmas Stocking, aka Boatsie's Boxes 2015

Posted by on February 2, 2015 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We filled 6 stockings for BOATSIE’S BOXES. These packages shipped out overseas to the troops before Christmas.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2014

Posted by on November 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (10)

Clubs members donated food for Thanksgiving baskets. Three families were selected to receive these baskets. Each basket was filled with can and boxed food items in addition to a ShopRite gift card.