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The Inspirational Women of the Women's Club of Rutherford

By Jennifer Ersalesi

Photo credits: The Woman's Club of Rutherford members

Under the leadership of Laura O'Connor, the members of the Woman's Club of Rutherford (WCR)have been very busy finding ways to take care of our local community and several nearby communities.

In November 2023, a new Free Little Library, handcrafted by Glen Pereira, was opened to the public in front of the Woman's Club Clubhouse on Fairview Ave. Not only is it a wonderful art piece, but it also enables the community to share and exchange books.

In December 2023, the Woman's Club and the Junior Woman's Clubs of Rutherford hosted "Snack with Santa". Children of all ages spent time with Santa, got their photos taken, and enjoyed snacks, as well as arts and crafts.

In January, WCR members prepared fifty-two Blizzard bags containing a full meal and treats for homebound older adults as backup during inclement weather for the Meals on Wheels food delivery service. The project was funded by the WCR's fundraising efforts.

Another organization that the Woman's Club of Rutherford contributes to is the Center for Hope and Safety (CFHS), which focuses on supporting victims of domestic violence. In January, they donated 11 boxes and 7 bags of toiletries and hygiene products ($2000 worth) to the CFHS. In addition, they delivered the money they raised during the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in October which totaled $120.

Members also participated in the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Club (NJSFWC) Day of Service, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Along with other club women in the Palisades district and throughout the state, they filled bags with much-needed supplies for the Center for Hope & Safety and the Women’s Right Information Center in Englewood NJ.

Most recently, the members of WCR have been preparing for their next Pop-Up Thrift Shop event. Fortunately, they receive many donations, however, they are met with the challenge of sorting, organizing, and labeling those donations. The Pop-Up Thrift Shop has become very popular and many members of the community enjoy visiting the shop. See the flyer below for more details.

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