Philanthropy

 

Throughout the history of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, the mission has been to promote the 
welfare of the community and the State of Maryland. From the very beginning of the Club in 1913, support was rendered to a local school in need.  This has expanded and support is now given to local nonprofit organizations, such as the American Red Cross at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda Cares, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and many others. 

The giving includes monetary gifts, donations of items needed by the charities, as well as community service by the members to local hospitals and the Thrift Shop in Bethesda, MD.  Monetary donations are also given to the Montgomery County Historical Society and selected international charitable organizations for education of girls. Continuing the support for education, scholarships are given to area high school seniors entering college who demonstrate academic achievement, school involvement, community service, and financial need. Scholarships are also awarded to art and music students at local community colleges and universities.  In addition, a scholarship for an adult returning to college is given.

Contributions are obtained through fundraisers, such as the yearly Art Show and Sale, Art and Craft Fair, and various events to support the individual charities.
Increasingly, club members contribute in-kind donations, such as preparing casseroles for Bethesda Cares, small holiday gift bags for hospitalized members of the military, and, last February, making soft Valentine-shaped pillows for women having undergone breast surgery. 

Members also staff the Montgomery Thrift Shop, in rotation with many other county women’s clubs.