WOMAN’S CLUB OF LAGUNA BEACH

Community Outreach Programs



Laguna Beach School District –

Back-to-School Backpacks

(September)

Human Options Giving for Women-in-Need Transitioning

(October)

Member Holiday Luncheon and

Tarnished Treasures Sale for Families-in-Need

(December)

Member Holiday Adopt-A-Family

(In concert with Holiday Luncheon)

Intergenerational Literacy Program for 2nd Graders

(January)

Gowns and Suits for Military Wives/Husbands Project

(March)

Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Program

(May)

Laguna Food Pantry

(Ongoing throughout the Year)


Laguna Beach School District / Back-to-School Backpacks

The Club has been working with the LBUSD for many years, supporting the needs of local children of low-income families by providing school supplies and/or backpacks at the beginning of the school year.

Human Options

Human Options is an organization in Orange County (co-founded by Woman’s Club member Vivian Clecak) which provides immediate shelter to abused women and children on an emergency basis, and then helps to transition them into more permanent living arrangements.  The Club supports this organization by providing needed items identified by the organization for the women to take with them to their new living space.

Member Holiday Luncheon and Tarnished Treasures Sale

Members and the community donate items that have become ‘tarnished’ for sale at the Holiday Luncheon.  All proceeds from the sale go to support the Club’s various programs which benefit local families-in-need.   The following day, a holiday party is held at the clubhouse for these families, at which time they are invited to select unsold items – at no cost – for their holiday ‘treasures’.

Member Holiday Luncheon / Adopt-a-Family

In addition to the sale which occurs at the Holiday Luncheon, members are given the opportunity to become ‘angels’ by adopting children who have been identified by the LBUSD as low-income.  Wish List items are provided by these children through Santa’s House on Hospitality Night. These items are then purchased and wrapped by committee members. The families pick them up at the clubhouse.  

Intergenerational Literacy Program for 2nd Graders

Club Member Elsa Brizzi created an after-school program for 2nd graders at the Boys and Girls Club.  This is a three-month program, one day a week, designed to help with reading skills.  Members and adult volunteers from the community work with a specific child to create their own book.  The program is enhanced by a book written by Elsa for this purpose, entitled “A Special You”, and is focused on helping each child grow their reading skills, thereby achieving more self-confidence to continue wanting to read, which leads to quicker learning ability.  Volunteers are also provided with a brief training period prior to the program’s start.

Gowns and Suits for Military Wives/Husbands Project

Gowns and suits are collected for the Camp Pendleton Military Ball, which is held every November.

Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Program

Two senior students are selected from applications received and each is presented with a scholarship of $1,500 towards their college expenses.  Scholarship recipients are selected based on the student’s commitment to community service over and above the school’s required hours for graduation.

Laguna Food Pantry
The Club’s Board of Directors committed to ‘adopt’ the Food Pantry in 2018 by asking members to donate items of food suggested by the Pantry at our two annual Wine and Cheese socials.  At our October 2018 event, members provided 275 lbs. of food and $350 in cash donations. The Board also presented a $1,000 donation to the Executive Director at that event.