International Outreach Update: September 2015

We are excited to get this new Club year rolling! Here are a few reminders:

UNICEF Project

Please hand out the Halloween boxes to your family and friends. These boxes are to collect change during trick-or-treating in support of UNICEF. Boxes will be available at the September meeting.

Operation Smile

operation smilePlease collect yarn and large scraps of fabric for our hospital gown project for children undergoing cleft palate surgery. Bring them to our next meeting or drop off to Kimberly Funderburg.

We will be using 1 yard of lightweight cotton, non-flammable fabric, plain or printed, per child’s hospital gown. Lynda has the gown pattern that we will use. Extra material or smaller pieces will be used to make the “no-no arm bands” to protect the IV site from children’s curious hands.

operation smile arm bandOperation Smile also accepts travel size tooth paste, tooth brushes, stickers and thin coloring books for pre/post surgery “entertainment” and the smile bag each child is given.

If you would like more information on the program as a whole, visit


Warrior Project

We are searching for a local veteran or military family that can work with to do a service project that will demonstrate our appreciation for their service. We would like to help them according to their needs, which could mean a service project, monetary donation, or event sponsoring them for some much-needed R&R with their family. Please contact Kim Funderburg or Lynda Pope with their contact info, backstory, and willingness to participate.

Operation Christmas Child

We have already begun collecting items for Operation Christmas Child Please bring them to the next meeting or drop off at Kim or Lynda’s house. SWC is providing the official Operation Christmas Child boxes, so we only need to collect things to stuff in the boxes:

  • Toys: dolls, cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils/sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar-powered calculators, coloring and picture books
  • Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soaps, combs, washcloths
  • Clothing and Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips/bows, jewelry, watches

Do not include used or damaged items, war-related items (toy guns, toy knives, military figures), chocolate or food items, liquids, lotions, medications or vitamins, aerosol cans, glass or breakable items.

These gift boxes are for boys and girls, ages 2 to 14.

Kimberly Funderburg and Lynda Pope
Co-Chairs, International Outreach Department

Conservation Update: September 2015

We’re excited to start a new SWC year. We’ll keep members in the loop about all the things our department members plan in future newsletters and at meetings. So stay tuned!

Upcoming Events:

  • September – Adopt-A-Road Litter Pickup.
  • October – Forsyth County Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat Event.
  • November 7 – 3rd Annual Five Points Challenge 5K. Come run, walk or sleep in as part of SWC’s Pink Ladies Team. SWC will sponsor this event again this year. Registration opens 8/1 on For more info, contact Denise Carleton.
  • December – Senior Reuse Craft at the Charles Place Senior Center in Forsyth County.

Items to Bring to Meetings:

  • Children’s books grades K thru 5 (new and gently used)
  • Bras (clean, new and gently used)
  • CDs/DVDs (old movies, games. music, etc. for craft projects)
  • Wine corks
  • Drink caps (CLEAN!!!)

Did you know?

  • Recycling at home counts as one volunteer hour each month.
  • You can now record your volunteer time at the Humane Society under Conservation.
  • Every $10 you spend on a Conservation project or event counts as one volunteer hour.

Recycling Tip:

When we put the wrong things in our recycling bins, or fail to prepare them correctly, then we’re further mucking up the works down at an already challenged sorting facility. Don’t assume something is recyclable and toss it in your bin…this creates issues for processors and it gets landfilled in the end. Learn more at GA Recycling Coalition on Facebook.

Denise Carleton and Lisa LaFayette
Co-Chairs, Conservation Department