Salem Woman's Service Club

Proud member of the GFWC ~ General Federation of Women's Clubs
and the OFWC ~ Oregon Federation of W​omen's Clubs
 
Serving Salem, Oregon since 1934

About Us ~ A Proud Tradition of Making a Difference

The Salem Woman's Service Club was organized in 1934 by a group of 50 women and was originally known as the Junior Woman's Club of Salem.  In 1954, the club name was changed to Salem Junior Woman's Club and in 1990 it became Salem Woman's Service Club (SWSC).  

We are women of all ages, interests, and experience.  We are a vibrant and connected sisterhood of women who are creating a better community, expanding our own possibilities, and extending friendship and support to women in Salem, in the state of Oregon, and throughout our nation. We are part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) with headquarters in Washington DC and the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs (OFWC).  

The national GFWC is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.   Learn more about the GFWC .  

The state OFWC is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of others through education, community improvement and volunteer service.     Learn more about the OFWC .
 
The Salem Women's Service Club is our local club.  For over eight decades, we have been actively involved in our community through many diverse projects. The club's first major project in 1935 was the upgrading of the library at the Salem School for the Blind.  During the 1940s while the country was in the midst of World War II, almost all club activities were focused on supporting the war effort.  In 1972, the club embarked on a major project to develop a children's contact zoo at Cascade Gateway Park in which children from the city could experience domestic animals by handling them.  The club's success at this project earned recognition in 1974 as the 4th Place winner of the GFWC National Community Improvement Contest.  In 1978, a primary project was developing a handicapped playground at Bush Park.  

A brief overview of some of our key projects and
areas of particular interest and support
Saidie's Cuboard
Saidies's Cupboard works in partnership with the Salem Woman's Service Club and the Marion County Health Department to provide emergency Family Bags and Infant Bags containing basic necessities for low-income families and families with newborns who receive services from the Marion County Public Health nurses.  Educational toys, books, and other items are also provided for families in need.

Comfort Pillows
We make about 350 Comfort Pillows each year.  The pillows protect and cushion areas around the breast which have received treatment.  They are distributed to breast cancer patients throughout the year through the Salem Cancer Institute.    ​

Domestic Violence Awareness and Support
We provide First Night Bags containing necessities for personal care and hygiene to women fleeing abuse.  We provide these bags of critically needed items to women seeking safety and shelter at Simonka Place for Women and Children and the Center for Hope and Safety. 
Snapshots of our History
In the 1980s, the club recognized the widespread issue of child abuse in the community and many club projects focused on that area.  In 1986, club members designed and furnished a Family Court Interview Room that was used to interview victims of child abuse.  

Also in 1986, the 4-H Center Kitchen in Salem was furnished with new appliances and equipment.  

A new focus came in 1988 with the Gilbert House Children's Museum.  Club members were excited to be in on the ground floor of the museum and they spent many hours cleaning and helping with the renovation.  As work progressed, members served as hostesses for museum events, donating funds for equipment and money for scholarships.
In the 1990s, projects included the Salem Outreach Shelter, a family homeless shelter, and Mother Oaks Child, a grief counseling center.  

The club also began a long-term relationship with the Mid-Valley Children's Therapy Center.  Money was donated for therapy scholarships, a Music Room for children, and a Respite Room for parents.  A ball pit and other therapy tools were purchased.  

In 2000-2002, club members helped  build and develop the Therapy Garden at the Center. The club also continued to support a long-time interest in the area of child abuse by providing donations of money and supplies to Liberty House, the Child Abuse Assessment Center in Salem.  

In recent years, the club has focused primarily on the  long-term projects of Saidie's Cupboard, Comfort Pillows and Domestic Violence Awareness.