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Trumbull Community Women’s membership covers a wide spectrum of ages, lifestyles, occupations, and different stages of life. But we come together with a mutual goal: to reach beyond ourselves and find the time to give back to this town we all love. The friendships that have developed among our members because of this spirit is one of the best things about belonging to the club.
Trumbull Community Women is actively seeking volunteers 18 and over who reside in Trumbull or a nearby community. The non-profit organization sponsors and participates in numerous local events including; the Children’s Creative Center tent at Trumbull’s Arts Festival; a Veteran’s Day celebration breakfast; Tidy-Up Trumbull, free document shredding, food drives and more. Community involvement also includes holiday baskets for a local family in need. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
If you have ever wondered what it might be like to be a member of Trumbull Community Women, nothing says it better than this video of our past club year. We have a lot of fun with our friends new and old while improving our community and living up to our motto “be the reason someone believes in the goodness of others.”
What We Do
In the past year Trumbull Community Women has donated in cash or in kind to the Trumbull Food Pantry, Mercy Learning Center (mercylearningcenter.org), Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, My Friend Abby (myfriendabby.org), and U.S. Veteran’s Rowing and Kayaking (veteransrowing.com).
In past years we have run programs to improve our environment (Tidy-Up Trumbull, free shredding event) support children and their education (Creative Arts Tent at the Trumbull Arts Festival, direct grants to teachers, annual scholarship to a graduating senior) support veterans in our community, and support those in need (adopt-a-family, food drives, diaper drives.)
We have creative and fun events for the community such as the Halloween house decorating contest and the Holiday House decorating contest. We have instituted a delivery of Easter egg baskets for kids or pets and flamingo flocks on the lawns of our residents. We sent gift bags for Valentine’s Day to the volunteers working the COVID vaccination clinics in Trumbull.
And we have fun within our group. We have bunco nights, an active book club, monthly lunches (covid permitting,) summer outdoor byob get togethers each week, and our annual banquet.
The Sheila Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing
Trumbull Community Women is pleased to announce the Sheila Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing, which will provide a $1,500 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Trumbull. The recipient will be chosen based primarily on their submission of an original work of fiction, which should be submitted no later than April 20, 2021.
The scholarship honors the memory of Sheila Hayes, our long-time member and dear friend, who brought her warm wit and camaraderie to support food drives, heart awareness campaigns, chaired publicity and more for TCW for more than a decade – and earned our Member of the Year Award.
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor, Sheila was also a successful author. Before she and her husband moved to Trumbull, while she was raising her family in Briarcliff Manor, NY, Sheila would tuck her three young daughters into bed and sit down at her typewriter, working late into the night…because she had stories to tell. Sheila wrote stories that would intrigue and inspire young adults all over the world, as she published several young adult novels, which were translated into several languages, including The Carousel Horse which was adapted for television.
A story well told is a gift by creative writers everywhere give to the world, and a talent Trumbull Community Women is pleased to cultivate in Sheila’s memory by awarding this scholarship to one of Trumbull’s promising future writers.
Please submit your story below – between 2,500 and 5,000 words in length.
Link to apply – https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1AMN1EUujj7CRvg
Deadline: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Trumbull Community Women is holding a drive by food drive to benefit the Trumbull food pantry on Saturday, May 15th. from 9 am until 1 pm. Locations for the food collection are the Trumbull Library and the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center. Items needed: non perishable food, paper goods and toiletries. Here is a link to the Food Pantry’s needs, https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/Search?searchPhrase=Food%20Pantry%20Needs%20List
Recently Completed Projects
Tidy-up Trumbull was an amazing success. There were so many groups and individuals cleaning up major areas of our town. We collected approximately 50 bags of trash along with some larger items such as tires and even a basketball hoop. Thank you to: Sustainable Trumbull, The Democratic and Republican Town Committees, Girl Scout Troop 30011, Cub Scout Pack 167, Boy Scout Troop 67, IMPACT, The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, The Brownie Troop of Booth Hill Road, The Trumbull High Football team, the many individuals that helped at Twin Brooks, along with club members Julie, Michelle, Duly, Cindy, Karin, Anna, Stacie and Jo. Thank you all.
Easter Egg Baskets to Support the Beardsley Zoo
We had a great day of Shredding. Thanks to all that participated.
Valentine’s Thank You to our Volunteer Vaccinators
Trumbull Community Women delivered a gift card to Plasko’s along with a few goodies as a Valentine’s thank you to those who are helping the Trumbull Health Department with our local vaccination program. The gifts were presented by Trumbull Community Women member, Karin King, to Lucienne Bango, Trumbull Director of Health.
Holiday Home Decorating Contest
We are happy to announce the winners of our 2020 Holiday Home Decorating Contest. There were so many amazing displays the judges truly had a hard time choosing. Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who participated in making our holidays so much brighter.
Mercy Learning Center Donations
On December 11 we made the first donation from our December clothes and toiletries drive for Mercy Learning Center. Our community was so generous that we exceeded our goals by any measure. We had hoped to collect 40 full toddler outfits but collected 85. We were aiming for enough soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes and other toiletries for 20 families but our collected donations exceeded that by many times. We supplemented these items with non-perishable items for the food pantry as well as some fresh fruit. Jane Ferreira the President and CEO of Mercy told us they had 30 families in quarantine and they would be doing deliveries to those families that afternoon. We hope this will help so many of the Mercy Learning families survive this winter until things improve for them. We are still happy to accept collections for our second donation which will be either later this month or in early January. Thank you to every person who donated for your kindness and generosity.
Letters from Santa or Frosty the Snowman
All the letters have been mailed. Now it’s in the hands of the Post Office to deliver them. Thank you all that participated and we hope you and your families will have a very happy and healthy holiday season.
Trumbull Community Women Salutes Teachers
On Wednesday, December 9, Karin King and Michelle Mora delivered a holiday basket filled with general groceries, sides, snacks, sweets and treats along with gift cards for our club’s adopt a family to Jennifer Gilles at Trumbull social services.
On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trumbull Vietnam Veterans Memorial near 672-698 White Plains Road & Brock Street, Trumbull, CT, members of the Trumbull Community Women’s Club Veterans Day Committee honored and made a presentation to the U.S. Military Veterans Rowing and Kayaking program. This program is specifically designed for veterans with physical and mental disabilities.
Halloween House Decorating Competition
We had 26 beautifully decorated houses to judge. The Trumbull families that decorated these houses outdid themselves and the judging panel had such a hard time selecting the winners. Thank you all for your participation. The winners are shown below receiving their awards from Loretta Chory the Halloween House Decorating Chairwoman. The winners are: Best Homemade Decorations – 10 Fox Court; Scariest – 196 Sterling Road; Most Whimsical – 21 Lantern Hill. Our congratulations to all the winners and to all the brilliant entries in this year’s contest. Thank you all for participating and for the smiles you bring to our town.
Flamingo Fundraiser for the Food Pantry
As a result of this project, Trumbull Community Women presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to the Food Pantry.
From left to right, Terri Malo, Trumbull Community Women; Karen Seferi Food Pantry Coordinator; Jennifer Gillis Trumbull Social Services Caseworker Coordinator and Sandra Weiner, President of Trumbull Community Women.
Trumbull Community Women placed flamingos at over 60 homes throughout Trumbull, 14 club members were involved, it ran from late May through the first week of September. It was so popular that we had to replace the flamingos midway through the summer.
Annual Scholarship Award
Trumbull Community Women is pleased to announce two scholarship winners. Vaishnavi Kandala has been awarded to 2020 Community Service Scholarship in recognition of her time and effort volunteering within the community and taking on leadership roles with the organizations for which she volunteered. She graduated from Trumbull High School and will attend Tulane University in the Fall.
Olga Elizabeth Cruz Rivera has been awarded the Connecticut Junior Women’s Club Maureen Borski scholarship. Olga earned her Associate’s degree on Human Services and is planning on attending Southern Connecticut State University with a major in psychology. Olga is a graduate of Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport; an organization Trumbull Community Women is happy to help support.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Trumbull Community, the Food Drive benefiting the Trumbull Food Pantry at the Stop & Shop was a great success. We filled three cars with food and also received cash that was converted to Stop & Shop gift certificates.
The Food Drive at the Bridgeport Stop & Shop benefiting the Mercy Learning Center on September 21 was again a success thanks to the generosity of the community and the help of TCW volunteers for the day. We collected a large amount of food along with $200 in Stop & Shop gift cards.
Trumbull Community Women experienced a huge loss recently. Our dear friend Sheila Hayes passed away unexpectedly leaving us all bereft. We mourn her passing and celebrate the joy she brought to each of us through her wit and wisdom. She will be missed by us all. Sheila’s family has requested donations in her name to TCW. We are using the donations to create the Sheila Hayes memorial Scholarship to be given to a student in 2021 who graduates from Trumbull High School and plans to pursue a career in creative writing. If you wish to make a donation please use this link so we can direct the funds to the right place. https://secure.anedot.com/trumbull-community-women/sheila_hayes
Who Are Our Officers?
Elections for officers are held in April. Click here to see our current slate. Visit our calendar and see what we’ve done and what we plan for this year’s schedule. Trumbull Community Women is affiliated with the Connecticut Junior Women’s Club. To learn more about the state club and other Junior Women’s clubs throughout Connecticut, visit the CJW website at www.cjw.org.