COMMUNITY SERVICE We are excited to report that the Braintree Women's Club received two types of recognition from the General Federation of Women's Club of Massachusetts . We received a Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Grant for our collaboration with the Braintree Public Schools BASHY group involving funding for programs for school children to educate them and provide them with support connected to this difficult issue in our society. Also, we received a Community Improvement Award for our work with the local transition house for foster teens with duffel bags and needed useful items for teens and providing the home with a new dishwasher that they did without for the last two years. We hope these services helped in some small way to educate and support our community.
During the 2021 holidays the Braintree Women’s Club supported the Marge Crispin Center and the BHS Holiday Adopt a Family program by donating food for dinner baskets and gifts for families who are in need in our community. We appreciate and gladly contribute to the programs these community groups provide to our neighbors.
The Community Service Committee initiated a service project focusing on the needs of disadvantaged and foster children. Recent local newscasts and newspapers have described the conditions these children have to endure. There is a Transition House in a neighboring town that services the South Shore. It is part of the STARR Program –Short Term Assessment Rapid Reunification. who work with the Department of Children and Families and Coastal Area Bay State Community Services. This program manages a home for children ages 13-18, and the length of stay is 45 days but can be longer. During this period the child’s level of need is assessed and they assist in the transition back home or to the child’s next placement within the Department. Through the generosity of our club members and funds raised from our events held throughout the year, we were able to purchase a carton of duffel bags and include hundreds of useful items that young teens can use during their stay and bring with them as they transition. We want to especially thank the Knitting Group at Braintree Council on Aging for their large donation of hats and mittens made by hand. We hope that this will make this difficult time a bit easier for these young teens knowing that someone cares.