The Woodcroft Women's Club contributes to local charities with both volunteer time, and monetary and gift donations. This fall donations were made to Share Your Christmas. Year round, members volunteer in various ways at DCRC, Families Moving Forward (formerly Genesis Home), the Backpacks program of the Food Bank, and cleaning the WWC's adopted portion of the American Tobacco Trail.

Each club year, the membership votes on which charities and organizations will receive our fund-raising proceeds. This gives the club an opportunity to consider member's requests or particular areas of concern. Our club encourages donations to local Durham/Triangle organizations. We estimate that in our 30 years of existence, we have raised over $150,000 to funnel back into the community.

Along with volunteering time, food, and household items, we distributed $500 to each of ten charities for the Durham area last year.

2015 - 2016 recipients

2016 Check Recipients:
Brooke Jenkins for Urban Ministries of Durham, Ginger Young for Book Harvest, Alice Sharpe for Durham County Library Foundation, Joe Daly for PharmAssist of Durham, Cindy Canty-Dumas for Durham Crisis Response Center, Ryan Freeman for Families Moving Forward (Genesis Home), Mary Dow for Independent Animal Rescue, Heather Graham for Habitat for Humanity of Durham, Lizzie Ellis for Durham Literacy Center

Book Harvest - Book Harvest's mission is to provide books to Triangle children in need. More than half of low-income kids do not own a single book. Multiple studies have shown that having books at home is an important factor in a child’s academic succession. Providing books from birth helps a child grow up in a culture of books. Low-income school-aged children are provided tools needed to arrest “the summer slide during their highest risk time for loss of academic skills.” Most of Book Harvest’s books are distributed in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.

Durham County Library Foundation - The mission is “to raise funds to provide a margin of excellence for the Durham Co Library.” This Foundation solicits, receives & administers gifts for the library’s benefit. Gifts are used to fund enhancements and improvements that the library could not otherwise afford through its annual operation budget.

Durham Crisis Response Center - Provides emergency and comprehensive shelter and support services to survivors and their families in the aftermath of domestic or sexual violence.

Durham Literacy Center - This Center is the leading adult literacy non-profit organization serving Durham County. Their mission is to empower Durham County residents who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families by improving their literacy skills. Since 1985 they have served more than 16,000 people in their Adult Literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Education Programs, in addition to profects that they operate in partnership with many other agencies across Durham County. Their core and auxiliary programs include adult literacy, English for speakers of other language, youth education programs, computer literacy classes, life skills, GED, job readiness program for youth in the Durham Co. Detention Facility, Project LIFT, and DLC- threshold reading and math class.

Families Moving Forward (formerly Genesis Home) - Located in downtown Durham, works to end homelessness for families with children and young adults by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence.

Food Bank of Durham - Part of the non-profit organization Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina that provides food to people at risk of hunger.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham - Is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, rehabbing and preserving homes; by advocating for fair housing policies and by providing training and access to resources to families to help improve their shelter conditions. They provide a 0% mortgage with some help from the City of Durham partnering with a state and federal housing agencies. Instead of a downpayment, families must provide at least 250 hours of their own time helping to build or renovate their own home and other homes in the community. Many voluteers work side-by-side to build/improve a shelter. Organizations assist in these shelter improvement projects with donations of supplies, money and any other assistance needed.

Independent Animal Rescue - IAR is not an animal shelter but a network of caring volunteers with a mission to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. IAR is totally non-kill, and rescues animals from shelters as well as also providing funds to spay/neuter both companion and feral animals. There are no paid positions within IAR so 100% of all donations directly support animal care and rehabilitation.

Senior PharmAssist - Their mission is to promote healthier living for Durham seniors by helping them obtain and better manage needed medications; providing health education, Medicare insurance counseling, community referral and advocacy. For 60+ they offer direct financial assistance to help Medicare eligible seniors pay for medications when their income is 200% below the federal poverty level. Assistance is also provided to non seniors by tapping into community and government medication assistance resources. Pharm Assist also works with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and social workers to help them provide needed resources to clients. Thanks to investments of indviduals, businesses, civic groups, faith communities, foundations and Durham County this program contnues to grow after 22 years.

Urban Ministries of Durham - This organization “offers food, shelter and an future to neighbors in need.” They have welcomed more than 6000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter clothing and supportive services. They are the point of entry, triage, and emergency services in the Durham homelessness continuum of care network. For one – they have a Community Café that serves 3 meals a day, 365 days a year to shelter residents and anyone else in need of a meal. The café area is a popular gathering place and it is also used for community building and enrichment programs. Voluteers provide over 90% of the labor to prepare the meals, and community partners donate over 90% of the food. In fiscal year 2014-15, the Community Café served 260,000 meals, an average of 712 meals / day.

In recent years, we were pleased to contribute to the following charitable organizations:

Augustine Literacy Project
Book Harvest
Diaper Bank of NC
Duke Brain Tumor Center
Duke Hospice
Duke Teddy Bear Ball
Durham County Public Library
Durham County Library Foundation
Durham Crisis Response Center
Durham Literacy Center
Durham Rescue Mission
Durham School of the Arts Band Program
Families Moving Forward
Food Bank of North Carolina
Habitat for Humanity of Durham
Independent Animal Rescue
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department
Partners for Youth Opportunity
Piedmont Wildlife Center
Senior PharmAssist
Triangle Community Foundation's "Send a Kid to Camp"
Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA)
Urban Ministries of Durham

Peggy Fee loading suitcases donated by members of the Woodcroft Women's Club to
Strong Able Youth Speaking Out (SaySo).
The first car full of bags was bags donated by vendors at our fall yard sale.