The Scott County Woman's Club was established in 1938 to help provide books to the school libraries. As the county's population grew, so did the needs of the people. Each and every year our organization finds more agencies and charities that are in critical need of financial help. Our membership is composed of dedicated professional women who work throughout the year on various fundraising projects, like golf scrambles, card parties, and fashion shows, which raise money for various agencies in the community. These agencies are always in need.
The largest fundraising event each year is our annual Derby Party which raises money to give to four local organizations. We continue to support the A.M.E.N. House (Scott United Ministries), which provides emergency food, clothing and shelter. Quest Farm is another organization that provides a loving home/workplace for adults with developmental disabilities, which we continue to support. There is hope for homeless women and their children at the newly established Elizabeth Place, so this year we will contribute to this effort as well. We have also chosen The Gathering Place, which serves free food six days a week to at least 40 people. In addition to the all help we give to the most vulnerable members of our society, we award an annual scholarship to a deserving senior at Scott County High School.
We continue to reach out to new potential donors in our growing community via mail, word-of-mouth, or by other means. We try to hold quality fundraising events to attract these new donors. . We spend a lot of time thinking about how to raise money and where best to spend it.
Scott County Woman’s Club holds about three fundraisers every year. Our largest fundraiser, a Derby Party, has become extremely popular in the community and we plan to continue on with this event, adding extra entertainment or other features to the party to make it fresh and new every year.
Our other two fundraisers are smaller events and we change these every few years to keep things interesting.
If Scott County Woman’s Club membership can grow, we can do more and better fundraising. Every year, we run a campaign to invite new members to join. But generally we lose a few and gain a few, keeping our active membership at about 45 to 50 people
Our primary resources consist of our all-volunteer membership and our good reputation in the community. In addition to the money we are able to distribute from our fundraisers, SCWC members personally participate in food drives, toy drives, etc., using their own funds. Relief organizations know that they can call on us for assistance.
We have been able to consistently award a college scholarship which has been raised to $3000.
If our fundraisers are attended by more people and we raise more money, we are making progress. In some cases, we are at a point where our fundraisers have become so popular, that we need a larger facility for the event. But a larger facility usually cost more and we try to keep costs down so more money is available to donate out. Where ever possible, all members donate whatever work skills they have to help save money.
Scott County Woman’s Club added a fourth fundraiser in 2011 and predictably, we were able to pay out about $4,000 additional money in programs. However, we found that the fourth fundraiser was too much extra work for the amount of club members we have. So, this fourth fundraiser was discontinued in 2012. Thus our biggest obstacle at this time is enough membership to implement the many ideas that we have for raising more money.
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