Community Outreach Programs

Laguna Beach School District – Back-to-School Backpacks                                                September

Human Options Giving for Women-in-Need Transitioning                                        October

Member Holiday Adopt-A-Family (In concert with Holiday Luncheon)                          December

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

Waymakers Youth Shelter Laguna Beach Ongoing throughout the Year

The Club is always in need of volunteers for our various Community Outreach initiatives!

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 / Adopt-a-Family - During the Club’s 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.

Waymakers Youth Shelter Laguna Beach - Waymakers Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach is one of 3 youth shelters in Orange County that serves teens between ages 12 - 17 that have been diagnosed with mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety. These teens typically come from low-income families or disadvantaged communities and are referred to the shelter by therapists, hospital administration or other licensed practitioner.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please email Nancy Shurtleff at nancy.j.shurtleff@gmail.com or Kathleen Reedy at Kathleen56@aol.com.