Giving Back

Our club is involved with several volunteer and donation opportunities throughout the year.  See below for a list of projects and ways you can help.

view:  full / summary

Help the Franklin Woman's Club Prevent Child Abuse in NJ--Join the Purple Hat Campaign

Posted by [email protected] on July 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Franklin Woman’s Club has embarked on an initiative to help prevent child abuse in NJ as part of a state-wide project spearheaded by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) under which the local club operates.

Franklin Woman’s Club members are knitting or crocheting purple newborn and preemie caps to support the Period of PURPLE Crying® program described below. These caps will be donated to Prevention of Child Abuse – NJ who will distribute them to babies at participating PURPLE hospitals throughout New Jersey as a visual reminder of the importance to keep babies safe.

The Period of PURPLE Crying® program, developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS), draws attention and educates parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT). In this form of abuse, when an infant or young child is shaken violently, the head is impacted, leading to severe injuries and even death. A key component of the campaign is to educate people on this normal developmental phase that is temporary.

The acronym PURPLE represents the aspects of an infant’s crying during this time period:

  • When to expect Peak crying phases
  • The Unexpected nature of crying
  • The baby’s Resistance to being comforted
  • The Pained facial expression commonly seen
  • The Long-lasting duration of the episode
  • And the tendency for crying episodes to occur during the late afternoon or Evening.

How can you help?

  • Become a partner with the Franklin Woman’s Club by knitting or crocheting a purple baby cap. For guidelines and patterns for knitted/crocheted baby caps, visit: http//
  • Make a donation for the purchase of yarn. Please make check payable to the Franklin Woman’s Club, indicating “Purple Cap Campaign” in the subject line of your check and mail to: Franklin Woman's Club, P O Box 5793, Somerset, NJ 08875.
  • Donate newly purchased skeins of (soft-to-the-touch) yarn in any shade of purple to the Franklin Woman’s Club. Call (732) 476-8863 and leave a message requesting that your donation of yarn or hats be picked up. A FWC member will contact you to make these arrangements.


Earth Day 2017 Maple Tree Donation to Franklin High School

Posted by [email protected] on April 12, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In honor of Earth Day, 2017, the Franklin Woman’s Club donated a Firefall Maple tree to Franklin High School on Thursday, April 12. The tree was planted in the back of the school near the events lobby entrance. In the future, the club plans to add a memorial plaque dedicated to previous club members.

The tree was purchased from the Township’s Shade Tree Commission and Nancy Gale, Franklin Woman’s Club Conservation and Garden Chairperson, coordinated installation details with Jean Lewis, Franklin Township Board of Education (Buildings & Grounds Dept.) along with cooperation from FHS Principal Cheryl Clark’s office. The FWC also wishes to acknowledge John Schunk and the Board of Education Buildings & Grounds Department staff who planted the tree.

This special Franklin Woman’s Club initiative is in keeping with the community service mission of the club and their dedication to environmental conservation activities.

During the Board of Education meeting of March 23, where the FWC was acknowledged for donating the tree, Nancy Gale noted that “planting trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income. In honor of this year’s Earth Day, the FWC decided to plant a Firefall Maple tree at FHS, as studies have shown that schools with tree cover have reduced asthma and lung disease rates and help students with ADHD concentrate for longer periods. We hope this tree will be the first of many.”