POLITICAL EDUCATION & ACTION
Monthly Meetings: Our monthly luncheons and occasional dinners, feature interesting and informative guest speakers. It is also an opportunity to network and enjoy the company of other people in the community.
Newsletters, Website, Links: WVRWF publishes an informative newsletter called "The Trumpet" and keeps its website updated with important and current information. Members also receive "action alerts" should some pending legislation require our attention.
Registering Voters: The most important job we do is registering Republican voters. We do this at the Thousand Oaks Mall, Conejo Valley Days Fair, Ventura County Fair, and at Naturalization ceremonies where immigrants are sworn in as U.S. citizens. For more info, go here.
Campaigns: Our members often assist our elected Republican representatives with mailings and by walking precincts. We have a committee specifically charged with facilitating this effort.
Advocacy Program: The California Federation of Republican Women has a registered lobbyist in Sacramento to keep us informed andpromote those issues important to their membership. Once a year, during the Spring Conference and Board Meeting, we sponsor high school students who, along with interested members, meet in Sacramento and spend one day working with the members of the California State Legislature followed by the Spring Conference and Board Meeting where the members, guests and students hear from legislators on progress in the State Capitol. For more info, go here.
Scholarships: We give thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students through our club, county, state and national programs. For more information, go here.
CARING FOR AMERICA
My Stuff Bags Foundations: This organization gives comfort and a message of hope to abused and neglected children entering crisis and foster care through its unique program. It provides stuffed animals, blankets, books and other items to help thousands of these traumatized youngsters. Click here for more info.
Casa Pacifica: This facility, which is located in Camarillo, serves residential and day students who have been abused and neglected or who are severely emotionally disturbed. We have helped to complete their library with Newbury and Caldecott Award winning books. We donated CD's, toys and games for the children to use. We purchased flags and stands for their classrooms. We have providing new clothing and personal care items for the children. This Christmas we adopted children at the facility and purchased Christmas gifts for them. Click here for more info.
Hope Gardens Family Center: This Los Angeles facility, which is affiliated with Union Rescue Mission, is a residential and transition center for homeless women and their children. In addition to shelter, it provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, clothing; medical and dental care; legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training. WVRWF provides personal care items for the women and toys for the children. Click here for more info.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
USO: Throughout the year, members take “field trips” to the USO at LAX to serve our troops.
On-going Support: In March, we have our “March for Troops” where we specifically honor our troops and/or their families, as well as November with Veteran’s Day. Every month, members are encouraged to donate packaged food and candy, personal care items, and stationery, which are shipped to our brave troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are grateful for the freedoms our brave military have helped to defend. For more info, click here. We also take a field trip in March to the USO at LAX to drop off supplies and thank the troops first hand.
MELP Book Award: Mamie Eisenhower Library Project MELP award. Every year we donate books to area schools that inspire patriotism and foster knowledge of American History.
Conejo Elementary School: Since 2001, we have donated new books to their School Library. In addition we have collected hundreds of dollars towards the purchase of new books by the Conejo Elementary School librarian at scholastic book fairs. WVRWF members often read to the first grade students in the library. We have received national recognition for our Literary program, receiving 2nd place honors from NFRW in 2010.